The Technology Leadership Initiative is accepting applications for its 2022 Cohort!


We are recruiting select 2nd year undergraduate students who will be admitted to the Computer Science Major or Specialist program for our cohort beginning in Fall 2021 based on three attributes:


an intrinsic and self-directed thirst for knowledge, understanding and insight through personal experimentation; these students independently find interesting problems and investigate potential solutions



the ability to see challenges as opportunities and work hard to solve a problem, recognizing that challenges can be overcome with practice, effort and focus; these students persevere in the face of adversity


the ability to thrive in an ever changing and ambiguous environment; these students take the initiative in solving problems and are willing to adapt when circumstances change to achieve a desired outcome


March 21st, 2022

March 30th, 2022

April 8th, 2022

Application Process

To apply to the 2021 Technology Leadership Initiative, please fill out the form available through the link below by March 21st, 2022.

Any questions concerning this program, the application process, or industry partnerships should be sent to leadership@cs.toronto.eduIn answering these questions, we encourage you to use your experience from any aspect of your life. For example, you could write about family, school, clubs, jobs, volunteer positions, or any other community you have been part of. They do not have to be computer science related. We recommend you work on your essay responses in another document so that you can edit and save your drafts. When you are ready, copy them into this form to submit.

  1. Cover letter: Explain why you should be admitted to the Technology Leadership program. What makes you an exceptional candidate? (<250 words)

  2. Resume (maximum 2 pages)

  3. Transcript (unofficial transcript is OK)

  4. References: 1 reference letter with the contact information (name, email, and phone number) from a mentor such as a coach, teacher, or employer external to the University of Toronto. This person should be well acquainted with your personality and work ethic. (Note: you may submit your reference letter on the interview day.)

  5. Essays: provide a short (~100 words) discussion of each of the following five topics, keeping each as concise as possible.

    • Essay 1: Describe the personal project of which you are most proud. Describe your personal contribution/involvement, and explain why it is significant to you.

    • Essay 2: Imagine you were tasked with solving a real-world problem that is not currently being properly addressed. What problem would you like to solve, and how would you go about addressing it? Be specific about what resources you would need.

    • Essay 3: You have been shortlisted as a candidate to colonize Mars. How would you pitch your value to the mission and what role would you play?

    • Essay 4: Provide an example of someone you have personally interacted with (a teacher, colleague, friend, coach, parent, etc.) that demonstrated excellent leadership. Explain why they were a good leader.

    • Essay 5: Tell us about a decision you have made, experience you have had, or challenge you have faced that has shaped who you are today.

Next Steps

Once applications have been submitted and references have been verified, an email with a confirmation of admittance to the second round interview session will be sent to students. The key dates to remember are:


  • March 21st, 2022: deadline to submit application

  • March 28th, 2022: interviews

  • March 30th, 2022: references contacted

  • April 1st, 2022: students receive final response of admittance

  • April 8th, 2022: deadline to accept offer

Any questions concerning this program, the application process, or industry partnerships should be sent to