Integrated Management Student Fellowship

Integrated Management Student Fellowship (IMSF)

The Integrated Management Student Fellowship (IMSF) is an experiential leadership development program designed to help BCom students prepare for impactful and fulfilling careers.

Applications for the Fall 2021-Winter 2022 Integrated Management Student Fellowship (IMSF) are now live. You can access the application via myFuture Job ID: 161258. 

This two-semester, six-credit Fellowship has three synergistic components:

  • A faculty project, whereby Fellows apprentice with one or more Desautels professors to conduct research and/or build partnerships.
  • An impact initiative, whereby Fellows work together in small groups to design and implement a real-world sustainability project.
  • A course that integrates and supports the previous two components by providing structure, tools, and resources to guide Fellows' development.


If you have any questions, please reach out to mdiim.mgmt [at] (subject: Integrated%20Management%20Student%20Fellowship) (IMSF Program Manager).

About the Faculty Project:

  • The first step toward solving problems is to understand the universe in which they operate. Faculty projects are an opportunity to experience academic research and partnership development in a participatory manner under the guidance of an accomplished academic, thereby improving your ability to think critically and make evidence-based decisions.

  • During your faculty project, you will collaborate with one or more world-class researchers to understand why they are asking a question, why they are using their selected research methods, and how they are interpreting results.

  • The domain-specific skills and knowledge you develop in your faculty projects will be used to help form complementary teams for your impact initiatives.

About the Impact Initiative:

  • Impact initiatives entail working in small groups to
    a) research a challenge of Fellows' choosing,
    b) design a solution to this challenge, and
    c) attempt to implement the solution within the boundaries of the program's assigned hours.
  • Throughout Fellows' impact initiatives, they will identify, reflect on and improve specific managerial competencies to support their future aspirations.

About the IMSF Course:

  • The IMSF course provides a bridging link between the work Fellows do on their faculty projects and the work they do on their impact initiatives. It provides a foundational toolkit for creating impact regardless of career aspirations while challenging Fellows to reflect on their professional identity, personal goals and managerial capacities.


What is the time commitment for this Fellowship?

The workload of the Fellowship each semester is designed to be equivalent to a typical 3-credit BCom course.
Each semester, you will be expected to devote approx. 80 hours to your faculty project and approx. 80 hours to the impact initiative and course combined (which will include class time, readings, course assignments and your group’s impact initiative). In total, you will spend approx. 160 hours in the fall semester and approx. 160 hours in the winter semester, which is the expected workload of a typical 6-credit course.
Note: There are no midterms or finals.
This course is not pass/fail. You will receive separate grades each semester that reflect the quality of work, reflection, and competency development in faculty project & impact initiative within the Fellowship.

What are the faculty projects and what kind of work can I expect to do?

Faculty projects are of two types – academic research and partnership development.

- Academic research usually entails literature review, data collection, conducting interviews, analysis, interpretation, and contributing to an academic research paper or advancing management research.
- Partnership development can include mapping and outreach to stakeholders, designing and conducting interviews, creating strategies, designing prototypes, and supporting faculty in advisory activities and advancing Desautels community engagement efforts. The goals and tasks of each faculty project are different.
Search using the posting number or by typing IMSF on myFuture

For the 2021-2022 cohort we have over 62 openings in 32 faculty projects covering a wide range of domains with supervisors from across Desautels and McGill, you can view them here.

What are some examples of impact initiatives?

The impact initiatives you and your group work on can vary considerably. Here are some examples of the shape they could take.
- Social entrepreneurship
- Awareness campaigns
- Websites/applications/tech solutions
- Fundraising
- Models for conservation
- Educational programs
- Citizen participation workshops
- e-marketplace
- Training programs
- Knowledge mobilization
- Blockchain models in disaster scenarios
- Simulation designs
- Public policy
- Mass mobilization and civic engagement
- Demographic empowerment & advocacy

Why are the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the overarching framework for this Fellowship?

The impact initiatives you and your group work on can vary considerably. Here are some examples of the shape they could take.
The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.” The SDGs, set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and intended to be achieved by the year 2030, is part of UN Resolution 70/1, the 2030 Agenda.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
The 17 goals extend across national boundaries and have applications across sectors, industries, and disciplines. Whether your desired impact as a manager relates to economic development, innovation, social progress, governance or sustainable development, the SDG framework is relevant.

Sustainable Development Goals - economic, social, ecological visual
Learn more about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) here.

IMSF Calendar 2020-2021



Information Session (Fall) November 27, 2020

Information Session

February 26, 2021
(11:30am EST)
Register here

Applications open for
Fall 2021 - Winter 2022 cohort

February 16 - March 7, 2021

Invitation to interview

March - April 2021

Offers extended and Fellowships confirmed

Early May 2021
MDIIM coordinates course registration and credit allocation May - June 2021
Summer break May - August 2021

Fellowship commences

September 2021

Fellowship concludes April 2022

How to apply:

Who is eligible?

All Desautels BCom majors and concentrations are eligible to participate – providing you have six credits available.
If Fall 2021 is your final semester, you are NOT eligible to participate in this Fellowship unless you extend your degree by one semester. Note: Such a decision must be confirmed by April 2021. 

How do I apply?

1. Submit your resume, transcript, and a writing sample on myFuture Job ID 161258.
2. Complete the application form here. This initial step of the process involves selecting and applying for one or more faculty projects. We have over 60 openings in 31 faculty projects covering a wide range of domains with supervisors from across Desautels and McGill, you can view them here.

Can I still apply if I'm currently abroad (on exchange or doing an internship or living elsewhere due to COVID)?

Yes. Faculty supervisors can conduct online interviews for students currently on an exchange or living abroad due to COVID.

How will the credits be allocated to my degree?

Fellows will be registered for three credits in the fall semester and three credits in the winter semester under the course codes BUSA 434 and MSUS 434. This means the Fellowship will appear on your transcript as two three-credit courses.

BUSA 434’s three credits can replace a complementary course in your Major/Concentration/Minor if related to your faculty project. MSUS 434’s remaining three credits can be taken as an elective or replace a complementary course in the Managing for Sustainability (MSUS) Major/Concentration. If you have an MSUS Major, and your faculty project relates to sustainability, all six credits can be allocated to your MSUS Major. Alternatively, all six credits can be taken as electives.

Similar to other courses, you must pay tuition for these credits depending on your student status. Tuition will be charged to your student account as three credits in Fall and three credits in Winter.

If you usually register for 5 courses (15 credits) each semester, upon acceptance into this Fellowship, you will only need to register for 4 courses (12 credits). Here is a visual example of how your academic year might look with and/or without this Fellowship. 
IMSF semester visual

If you have questions about credit allocation, please attend an info session or email the mdiim.mgmt [at] (subject: Integrated%20Management%20Student%20Fellowship) (IMSF Program Manager). The IMSF team will work with you to figure out credit allocation and approval after Fellowship offers have been extended.


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