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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
Clinical Investigator Career Development Award
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) maintains a strong commitment to supporting early career investigators and ensuring they can build a successful career in the field of lymphoma research.
Post Doctoral Fellow
$225,000USD for 3 years
September 5, 2019
Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) maintains a strong commitment to supporting early career investigators and ensuring they can build a successful career in the field of lymphoma research.
Post Doctoral Fellow
$105,500USD for 2 years
September 5, 2019
International Training FellowshipsThe Foundation clearly recognises the importance of giving young scientists the possibility for visiting renowned institutes and performing research training.
PhD or Post Doctoral Fellow
$25,000 EUR for 1 year
September 16, 2019
COTF/Invacare Master's ScholarshipThese scholarships are awarded annually to individuals enrolled full-time or part-time in a master's program in a discipline related to occupational therapy.
MSc and PhD$2,000 for 1 yearOctober 1, 2019
Postdoctoral Fellowship ProgramThe program is intended to provide salary support to an AAA member who is a postdoctoral trainee working in any aspect of biology relevant to the anatomical sciences.
Post Doctoral Fellow
$20,000USD for 1 year

October 1, 2019
Goldwin Howland ScholarshipThis scholarship is awarded annually to an individual or student who has demonstrated leadership and vision with the profession.
MSc and PhD
$2,000 for 1 year

October 1, 2019
Research Grants and Awards: Research FellowshipsA limited number of competitive Fellowships are offered by the organization each year for basic or clinical research training, in areas relevant to cystic fibrosis.
Post Doctoral Fellow
2 years
October 1, 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
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
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
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
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
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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