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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

Doctoral Award
This award is directed at candidates with a health professional degree who wish to engage in or enhance their research training.Health professional degree$50,000 per year for 4 years maximumVarious
Becky Burrows Memorial ScholarshipThe J. H. Stewart Reid Memorial Fellowship Trust was founded to honour the memory of the first Executive Secretary of the Canadian Association of University Teachers.MSc, PhDUpper $1,000 USD for 1 year
March 15, 2020
June 15, 2020
Ontario Brain Institute ONtrepreneurs ProgramThe program helps post-graduate students focus full-time on commercialization activities related to a neuroscience-based opportunity. OBI Entrepreneurs are assigned industry-based mentors and a dedicated point of contact at OBI for professional and personal support throughout the year.PDFUp to $50,000 for 1 yearApril 1, 2020
2020 Medicine by Design Post-Doctoral Fellowship Awards This award will provide funding to high calibre post-doctoral candidates at the University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals who demonstrate outstanding potential to become independent researchers in the regenerative medicine field. Post Doctoral FellowUp to $75,000 per year in salary support (for two years)April 9, 2020 at 5 pm EST
SSHRC International Policy Ideas Challenge The objective of the program is to draw on the network of talented Canadian graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early-career civil society researchers to identify concrete, innovative solutions to emerging international policy challenges faced by Canada.MSc, PhD, Post Doctoral Fellows$3000April 17, 2020
Asthma Canada/CAAIF Graduate Student Awards
The objective of the Award is to create value-added opportunities for the training, education and professional development of graduate students, to ensure continued improvement of asthma treatments and progress towards finding a cure for asthmaPhD2 awards of $20,000May 22, 2020 at 11:59 pm
2020-2021 SGS University-Wide AwardsApproximately 20​​ awards with individual eligibility criteria and values are available within the ​​SGS University-Wide Awards competition.​ Applicants must meet all award specific eligibility criteria required, as outlined within each award description (review list with links in the Application Process section below).MSc, PhDVariousApril 26, 2020

J.H. Stewart Reid Memorial Fellowship Trust

The J. H. Stewart Reid Memorial Fellowship Trust was founded to honour the memory of the first Executive Secretary of the Canadian Association of University Teachers. A minimum scholarship of $5,000 is awarded annually to a student registered in a doctoral program at a Canadian university.PhDThe scholarship is worth either $5,000 or 90% of the previous fiscal year's expendable income, whichever is greater, for 1 year.April 30, 2020

Graduate Scholarship Awards
The Knowledge First Foundation invites applications for its graduate scholarship awards. These support students pursuing studies at the graduate level. The following awards are available: Arnold Edinborough award, Open award, Regular awards.MSc, PhDUpper $25,000, lower $10,000May 27, 2020
Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study SupplementsThe Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) are available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a Joseph-Armand Bombardier, an Alexander Graham Bell or a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) at the master’s or doctoral level, or a Vanier CGS at the doctoral level.MSc, PhDUp to $6,000
June 10 and October 10

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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