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Securing adequate funding is an important part of research and academic development. There are many funding opportunities available to SMH trainees, including internal, university, government and non-government opportunities. Students should always consult with their university regarding opportunities and application deadlines.

External Funding Opportunities

Opportunities for trainees are updated weekly in our Current Funding page for Trainees as well as on our biweekly newsletter the RTC Express. To be on the mailing list for the RTC Express, please contact

 Tri-Council upcoming funding opportunities

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is intended to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent. This is a very competitive award, with 70 fellowships awarded each year across Canada; each institution is asked to put forward only their top candidates.

Value & duration:

  • $70,000 per year (taxable)
  • 2 years (non-renewable)

 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program

  • The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program recognizes academic excellence in graduate studies at the Master’s and doctoral levels in all disciplines of academic study
  • $5,000 per session for 2 or 3 consecutive sessions
  • See university department for specific deadlines

 Mitacs funding opportunities

  • Accelerate: internships for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, rolling deadline
  • Elevate: internships for postdoctoral fellows, next call opens in May 2018
  • Globalink: travel funding between Canada and several international partners, rolling deadline
  • Canadian Science Policy Fellowship: usually opens in January

Check the St. Michael’s Hospital Research Funding Database regularly for updated funding opportunities:

University funding opportunities

Students who are pursuing research-based master’s or doctoral studies may also qualify for additional financial support, which are administered by the respective graduate units. Please check with your specific department, and also visit the Graduate Awards Office for additional information about scholarship and financial aid programs.

University of Toronto

York University

Ryerson University

*Please ensure to verify all internal application deadlines with your university and/or program


External Opportunities

Funding Opportunities Description Who can apply Amount & Duration Deadline

Education Research Scholarship

The Education Research Scholarship competition is intended to support innovative projects that hold promise as models for the resolution of important issues and problems in anatomical education and represent new and creative approaches to teaching and learning. MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows$6,500 USD for 1 yearOctober 16, 2019
Doctoral Research Award : Doctoral Foreign Study Award (DFSA)The Doctoral Foreign Study Award (DFSA) program supports high-calibre students engaged in doctoral programs in all academic disciplines who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field abroad.
PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows
Upper $105,000 for 3 years

October 17, 2019
Operating Grant : Women's Health Clinical Mentorship Grant
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to advance clinical research in women's health and to build capacity in the next generation of women's health clinician-researchers.
MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows
$50,000 for 1 year
October 22, 2019
2020 Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP): Postdoctoral Fellowship Supports trainees within the first 18 months of completing their PhD or MD program who wish to gain additional research experience within an established research environment.Postdoctoral Fellows$100,000 for 2 yearsNovember 8, 2019
2020 Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP): Doctoral AwardSupports trainees within the first 18 months of starting their PhD program to begin the process of becoming future independent investigators in the field of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.PhD$66,000 for 3 yearsNovember 8, 2019
Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP): ASRP/AGE-WELL Doctoral Award /Postdoctoral FellowshipThe ASRP provides grants and awards to support Canadian studies that promise new insights into causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows
$56,500-$113,000 for 2 years
November 9, 2019

RBC Post-Doctoral & Graduate Fellowships

This fellowship recognizes emerging leaders who are establishing a record of research, scholarship, and impact, and exhibit the potential to make significant contributions to the body of research in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation. Research themes for 2019 are (1) machine learning and advanced data analytics, and/ or (2) data security. MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral FellowsRBC Post-Doctoral Fellowship– 2 post-doctoral fellowships valued at $50,000 over 1 year
RBC Graduate Fellowship– 2 graduate student scholarships valued at $50,000 over 2 years ($25K/year for 2 years)
November 11, 2019

Postdoctoral Fellowship for Basic Scientists

The Postdoctoral Fellowships for Basic Scientists are two-year fellowships for young scientists, fresh from their Ph.D. training, to study at major research institutions.Post Doctoral FellowUpper $110,000 USD for 2 yearsNovember 12, 2019

CIHR Patient-Oriented Research Fellowship: Transition to Leadership Stream - Phase 1

The aim of this fellowship award is to support the timely career launch of the next generation of patient-oriented researchers. This funding opportunity is for the Phase 1 portion of the award; Only Phase 1 award recipients will be able to apply to Phase 2.PhD, Postdoctoral FellowsGraduate Training: $55,000 per year / Post-doctorate Training: $77,500 per year

For 2-3 years
November 14, 2019
CIHR Doctoral Research AwardThe Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral (CGS D) program supports high-calibre students engaged in doctoral programs in all academic disciplines
Upper $140,000 for 3 years
November 21, 2019
Doctoral Research Award : Priority AnnouncementPriority Announcements on Doctoral Research Award competitions offer additional sources of funding for highly rated applications that are relevant to specific CIHR research priority areas or mandates.
PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows
Upper $105,000 for 3 years
November 21, 2019

Graduate Fellowship Program

The Graduate Fellowship Program provides stipends on a competitive basis to highly qualified applicants to initiate or continue graduate training in Canada, in the field of blood transfusion and transplantation science.MSc & PhDUpper $104,000 for 4 yearsNovember 29, 2019

Pre- and Postdoctoral training Awards

The Autism Science Foundation invites applications for its Pre-and Postdoctoral Training Awards from graduate students, medical students and postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing careers in basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders. PhD, Post Doctoral Fellow$25,000-$35,000 for 1 yearDecember 2, 2019
CFUW Dr. Margaret Mcwilliams Pre-Doctoral FellowshipThe Fellowship is awarded to a woman who has completed at least one calendar year in a full-time doctoral program and is enrolled in full-time studies in Canada or abroad at the time of application.
PhD & Post Doctoral Fellows
$11,000 for 1 yearDecember 3, 2019
CFUW Fellowships and Awards Program: Memorial FellowshipThis Fellowship honours those for whom the CFUW Charitable Trust receives memorial donations and is available for those women who are enrolled in masters studies in science, mathematics or engineering. This fellowship is tenable in Canada or abroad.
MSc, PhD & Post Doctoral Fellows
$8,000 for 1 year
December 3, 2019
Master's Award: Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships The Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's Awards are intended to provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a Master's degree in a health related field at a Canadian institution.MSc, PhD
$17,500 for 1 year
December 3, 2019

Global Scholar-in-Training Awards

The AACR is pleased to offer the Global Scholar-in-Training Awards (GSITA) to eligible early-career investigators in countries designated by the World Bank as low-, lower-middle, or upper-middle income economies (LMIC).MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral FellowsUpper $2,000 for 1 yearDecember 9, 2019
UICC Technical Fellowships (UICC-TF)UICC's mission is to unite the cancer community, to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.
Post Doctoral Fellow
$3,400 USD for 1 year
December 31, 2019

Dick Martin Scholarship Award

This national scholarship is available to students undertaking an occupational health and safety related course or program leading to an occupational health and safety certificate, diploma or degree at an accredited college or university in Canada. MSc, PhD$3,000 CAD for 1 yearJanuary 31, 2020

CSMB Trainee Travel Awards

This bursary fund is designed to encourage student and postdoctoral fellow participation in the CSMB annual meeting, by assisting to defray the cost of attending these meetings at distant locations.MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows$100-$750 for 1 yearVarious

Scholarship Partners Canada
Universities Canada manages government-funded international partnership programs and more than 120 scholarship programs on behalf of private sector companies.MSc and PhDVariousVarious
MitacsUp to 200 senior undergraduate and graduate student, as well as postdoctoral fellows from the university can participate in research exchanges through the Globalinks Research Award pathway. Faculty at U of T and an international university from a partner country will jointly supervise research projects.PhD or Post Doctoral Fellow
$7,500 for 12-24 Weeks
3 months prior to arriving at host University
Senior Basic Science Research FellowshipsThe Foundation plays a leading role in the fight against diseases of the heart and circulation by supporting vital, pioneering research into their causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment through research grants.
Post Doctoral Fellow
5 years
TalentEdge Fellowship Program (TFP)Support for Ontario PhD graduates and post-doctoral fellows to work on industry-driven R&D projects in all sectors
PhD, Post Doctoral Fellow
$35,000-$70,000 for 1 year

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