Our call for applications for the Reach Project’s 2018/19 cohort is now closed. If you have any questions about the Reach Project or how to become a student researcher with us, please email us at reachproject.munkschool@utoronto.ca

Become a Reach Project researcher

Are you curious about the delivery of interventions to those who are most in need? Does the idea of conducting world-class research in a global, interdisciplinary setting get you excited? If you answered ‘yes’ to both, you might want to apply for a spot in our 2018/19 Reach Project cohort.

Led by principal investigator Joseph Wong and other advisors, our student researchers have uncovered new insights into how we can address important global challenges, such as HIV transmission from mothers to their children in Thailand, or providing hard-to-reach populations in India with access to government services through biometric data.

Learn more about our projects

Who can apply?

All current undergraduate and graduate students from across U of T* can apply. Previous Reach Project researchers have come from a variety of different academic backgrounds, including law, global affairs, health, economics, genome biology, and much more. What we’re looking for is a diverse mix of curiosity-driven researchers.

*You need to be enrolled during the 2018/19 academic year to be eligible.

Admissions process

Your application includes four parts:

2. Your Cover letter

We’d like to know more about you and why you’d like to be part of the Reach Project. Tell us what experience, interests and skills you might be adding to the team.

1. Your resume

Please outline your accomplishments, skills and abilities to date.


4. An unofficial transcript

Please provide a copy of your unofficial transcript.


3. A short writing sample

This could be a blog post, a short essay or a memo (3-page maximum) that demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely. Here are some samples written by successful applicants.


Please submit your application to reachproject.munkschool@utoronto.ca with the subject “REACH APPLICATION” until February 28, 2018, at 5pm EST.

Key dates*

Mon, February 5, 2018 | Admissions open

Wed, February 28, 2018 | Admissions close

End of April 2018 | Onboarding session for new researchers

May - August 2018 | Research and pitching

Mid-September 2018 | Reach Project Research Retreat

September 2018 - May 2019 | Research, seminars and workshops

April - July 2019 | Fieldwork takes place (7 to 10 days)

May - November 2019 | Writing final report

*Timelines are approximate and subject to change based on travelling schedules and Reach Project staff/student schedules.


Interested in joining the Reach Project’s next cohort? You can find answers to frequently asked questions about our program here.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for or you would like to talk to one of our alums to learn more about their experience with the Reach Project, please send an email to reachproject.munkschool@utoronto.ca.

Stories about the Reach Project


 UNHCR cash-transfer program boosts charity’s reach, University of Toronto team finds


U of T students travel to India to research delivery of social services

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Research initiative by U of T's Munk School helps reimagine ways to reach the hardest to reach

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U of T students head to Jordan to study iris-scanning ATM initiative for refugees

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Reach Project in Thailand: Eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV


Reaching the poorest of the poor in South Africa: U of T undergrads