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.

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For a list of funding databases, click here.

SMH Internal Scholarships and Awards 

St. Michael’s Hospital offers internal funding opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows including:

SMH-LKSKI Scholarship (Coming soon!)

The aim of LKSKI-SMH awards is to provide a partial salary support for excellent students in order to help them to perform research and obtain a degree through their work. The successful application will be provided with the award for one year.

  • The call for these scholarships come out in November with a submission deadline in January.
  • Who can apply? Research Training Centre graduate students (MSc/PhD programs)
  • Click here for more information

RTC Travel Award

The aim of the RTC Travel Award is to provide funding to support travel of trainees in order to enhance their research training experience in the area of knowledge dissemination and sharing.

  • There are 12 travel awards available annually; 6 for the period of April – September and 6 for the period of October – March. See Travel Award Criteria for more details.
  • To apply: Please complete the RTC Travel Award Application Form and submit to along with a copy of your conference abstract and notification of abstract acceptance.

External Funding Opportunities

Opportunities for trainees are updated weekly in our Current Funding page for Trainees as well as on our weekly newsletter the RUN. To be on the mailing list for the RUN, contact Research News.

 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)

 Next important dates

  • July 30th – notice of intent to apply (send the PDF name, and project title to
  • August 20th at 12:00PM – PDF candidate deadline to submit complete application, including all attachments and copy of Canadian Common CV (send to Erica Conte,
  • Sept 7th – decision of internal review (applicants will find out whether they have been selected to submit their application, and will be able to obtain signature on the required letter of endorsement)
  • Sept 19th – final submission deadline through ResearchNet

 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

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