Get Involved

Get Involved

Every year, Grade 11 and 12 students from the GTA are invited to participate in the Global Ideas Institute (GII) and engage with a global problem. Once a month throughout the year, students attend lectures at the University of Toronto, given by experts in the field, and work alongside graduate student mentors to develop a solution to the global problem. At the end of the year, every school team presents their idea to a panel of experts at a full day event.

GII offers students the opportunity to:

  • Develop multiple perspectives on global issues
  • Learn about social innovation and global citizenship
  • Enhance problem solving skills
  • Acquire greater knowledge of real-world problem
  • Strengthen teamwork skills
  • Engage with University of Toronto student mentors
  • Enhance communication skills
  • Experience presenting to and receiving feedback from field experts

If you are a teacher at a school in the GTA and you would like your school to participate in GII, please follow these steps:

Interested in taking part in the 2018-19 Global Ideas Institute Program? Please read below for information


Enter the Global Ideas Institute Lottery
NOTE: The Global Ideas Institute Lottery is now closed. All successful participants will be informed of the results by the end of June.

Please note that the lottery is simply to reserve a spot for registration. We will not be requiring student forms and payment in order to enter the lottery. 25 schools will be drawn and a waitlist established before the end of June. Schools will be invited to formally register for the GII program in September.


Sep, 2018: Recruit and select 6 grade 11 and 12 students for involvement in the GII
program (sample materials and application form below). Note: running a formal application process within your school is optional; the recruitment process is left to teachers’ discretion


Assemble a school application package (provided by the GII Program), including:
A. School application form
B. Signed media waiver for each student participant and teacher*
C. Signed general consent form for each student *
D. Complete payment of program fee (by cheque)
*Note: all student forms must be signed by legal parent/guardian


Submit school application package by mail to:
The Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
315 Bloor St. West
Toronto ON


Due to very limited space, schools who do not submit their application by the deadline will forego their space in the GII program.

For schools new to the GII, we ask for a commitment to provide: a teacher champion and a student team of 4-6 Grade 11 students; a teacher to accompany student teams for mandatory monthly U of T presentations by renowned experts in brief “TED style” lectures at the UT St. George Campus; student teams who will meet with U of T student mentors after each lecture, who will guide the teams through the problem-solving process; student teams who will attend a day-long Final Symposium on April where students present their strategy/solution;

Public School Team Registration Fee: $200.00
Independent School Team Registration Fee: $300.00.

If you have any questions, please feel free to Contact Us.

Looking forward to seeing you again in September.
Have a great summer!

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