The Technology Leadership Initiative is accepting applications for its 2021 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


May 24th, 2021

May 31st, 2021

June 7th, 2021

Application Process

To apply to the 2021 Technology Leadership Initiative, send an email to with the subject title “Technology Leadership 2021 Application” by May 24th, 2021 with the following documents attached in PDF format:

  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 an individual 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 had unlimited resources. What real world problem (small or large) would you solve, and how would you go about addressing the problem? Be specific with the steps you would take toward your goal over your first year.

    • Essay 3: You’re asked to perform to a group of high school students about going to university (sing a song, recite a poem, etc.)  that reflects who you are - what do you do?

    • 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:


  • May 24th, 2021: deadline to submit application

  • May 31st, 2021: interviews

  • June 2nd, 2021: references contacted

  • June 4th, 2021: students receive final response of admittance

  • June 7th, 2021: deadline to accept offer

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


Technology Leadership Initiative

Department of Computer Science
University of Toronto

40 St. George Street

Toronto, ON M5S 2E4