Online Applications

Step 1: Complete All Fields

Generation SDG


  • aged 18 to 30 as of February 18, 2018
  • current resident of Canada
  • verbal and written English language proficiency 
  • able to attend the Summit from April 22-25, 2018


  • Applications must be received by midnight EST on February 11, 2018.
  • Two (2) recommendation letters must be received by midnight EST on February 18, 2018.


We encourage applicants from all areas of sustainable development covered by the UN Sustainable Development Goals including, but not limited to health, education, gender equity, water rights and quality, energy, decent and work and economic growth, reducing inequalities, Indigenous rights, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, peace and justice.

Approximately 20 successful applications will be selected by WGSI staff. All applicants will receive a response from WGSI by February 28, 2018. 

The selection process will aim for:

  • balanced gender representation
  • balanced geographic representation

The selection process will take into account the following criteria:

  • demonstrated passion for sustainable development issues in Canada
  • critical thinking capabilities
  • comfort working in a collaborative environment


  1. You will not be able to save your application through the online form. We recommend you prepare and save your application in a word processor. The application questions are available for download in .doc and .txt file formats at

  2. Once you have completed the online application form, click the “submit” button. You will be prompted to review and validate your application. Click “back” to edit your application or “validate and submit” to submit.

  3. Following submission of your application you will receive an automated confirmation email.

  4. Once you have submitted your application, an email will be sent automatically to each of your two (2) referees. Referees will be instructed to download the reference letter template from and to use the automatically provided link to submit their letter of recommendation directly to your online application file by midnight EST on February 18, 2018.

  5. Once a referee uploads their letter, you will receive an automatic email notification. If you have not received an automatic email notification for each of your referees by February 14  2018, we suggest you remind your referees to submit their letters of recommendation as they will not receive a reminder email from our system.


WGSI strongly prefers that applications are submitted through the online application process. However, should you be unable to submit your application through this form, you may submit by email or post. Please note that for both of these options you are responsible for contacting your two (2) referees. 

Submit your application and CV via email to or post (address below) by midnight EST on February 11, 2018. 

The application questions are available for download above. Ensure that you adhere to character limits as beyond the allotted characters answers will not be considered.  Please rename your application file using the following convention: "ApplicantLastName-ApplicantFistName_-Generation SDG Application." PDF format preferred.

You will receive an email from WGSI confirming receipt of your application.

It will be your responsibility to instruct your referees to download the reference letter template from and to submit their letters via email to  or post (address below) by midnight EST on February 18, 2018. You will receive an email from WGSI confirming receipt of your reference letters.

Generation SDG Applications
c/o Waterloo Global Science Initiative
31 Caroline St. N.
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 2Y5

Questions? Please carefully review the details provided here to ensure you have not missed an answer that is already provided here or at If you still need help, please email your inquiry to

Please note that email will be monitored during WGSI’s regular business hours – Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm EST.



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Personal Information

First/Personal Name 
Last/Family Name 
Date of birth (MM-DD-YYYY) 
Country of residence 
How do you gender identify? 
What are your preferred pronouns? 
Do you identify as an Indigenous person? If yes, please note your community. 
Do you have any accessibility requirements you would like us to be aware of?

Contact Information

Phone Number 
Street Address 
Postal Code 

Academic Background

Beginning with the most recent, list the post-secondary institutions you currently attend/have attended and include the following details:

  • Name of Institution, Location (City, Country)
  • Degree/Diploma/Certificate
  • Date received or expected (MM/YY)
Institution 1 
Institution 2 
Institution 3 
Institution 4 

Honours, Awards, Distinctions

List any honours, fellowships, awards, and non-academic distinctions you have received that support your application. 

Honours, Awards, Distinctions 


Note your primary and any additional areas of focus (ex. financing for sustainable development, Indigenous land rights, climate action).


Primary Focus 
Additional Focus Areas 

Short Answer Questions

Your answers are limited to 1000 characters (approximately 250 words). 

Q1:Describe your experience working on sustainable development challenges in Canada. 
Q2: Describe a situation that, to you, illustrated the complexity of sustainable development. 
Q3: What do you believe is the most challenging aspect of achieving sustainable development in Canada? 
Q4: Outline a solution to address the challenge you identified in Q2. 
Q5: What discipline/knowledge outside of your own do you feel you need to become more familiar with to supplement the solution you provided in Q3? 
Q6: Tell us what you feel distinguishes you from other applicants. 

Curriculum Vitae

Upload an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae. PDF format preferred.

Curriculum Vitae 
max file size is 10MB. doc, txt, pdf, jpg, png or tiff only.


Provide the information requested below for two (2) referees. 


*Referee 1

*First name:
*Last name:

*Referee 2

*First name:
*Last name:



If possible, upload a recent, high resolution photo of yourself. JPG format preferred.

max file size is 10MB. doc, txt, pdf, jpg, png or tiff only.