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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
Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program (CREATE Program)The Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program supports the training of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs.Post Doctoral Fellow
$1.65M for 1-2 years
LOI Deadline : May 1, 2019

Application Deadline : September 22, 2019
Scholar AwardsThe award offers three funding opportunities for hematology researchers.
Post Doctoral Fellow
Various amounts up to 2/3 years
LOI Deadline : May 1, 2019

Application Deadline : August 1, 2019
Clara Mayo GrantsThe Clara Mayo Grant program was set up to support masters’ theses or pre-dissertation research on aspects of sexism, racism, or prejudice, with preference given to students enrolled in a terminal master’s program. Studies of the application of theory or the design of interventions or treatments to address these problems are welcome.MSc
Up to $1,000 for 1 year
May 15, 2019
AGE-WELL Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Awards in Technology and Aging (2019)AGE-WELL NCE is a national research network whose goal is to accelerate innovation in the field of technology and aging in order to improve the quality of life of older adults and caregivers and produce economic and social impact for the benefit of Canadians and the global community.
MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows
various for 1 year
May 24, 2019
Asthma Canada-CAAIF Bastable-Potts and Goran-Enhorning Graduate Student Research Awards in Early-onset and Late-onset AsthmaAsthma Canada is the only national, volunteer-driven charity, solely devoted to enhancing the quality of life for
people living with asthma and respiratory allergies. For more than 40 years, Asthma Canada has proudly
served as the national voice for Canadians living with asthma. We empower patients with evidence-based
information, education programs and support asthma research in Canada. Our vision at Asthma Canada is a
future without asthma.
$20,000 for 1 year
May 31, 2019
S. Leonard Syme Training Fellowships in Work and HealthThe fellowships are for early-career researchers at the master's or doctoral level intending to study work and health. Preference is given to candidates whose research interests include: prevention of work-related injury and illness; understanding the social determinants of health and illness in work environments; prevention and management of work disability; or evaluating workplace interventions to improve health.MSc, PhD
June 6, 2019
Canada Graduate Scholarships - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS)The Canada Graduate Scholarships - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) program supports high-caliber Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences abroad.
MSc, PhD
$6,000 for 1 year
June 10, 2019
WCC Rising Star AwardThe WCC Rising Star Award recognizes up to ten outstanding women scientists approaching mid-level careers who have demonstrated outstanding promise for contributions to their respective fields.
Post Doctoral Fellow
$1,000 for 1 year
June 15, 2019
Mitacs Elevate - Professional Development for Postdoctoral FellowsMitacs Elevate is a two-year training program for postdoctoral fellows, in which participants lead and undertake an industrially relevant research project.Post Doctoral Fellow$120,000CAD for 2 years
June 19, 2019
Future LeadersThis scheme provide funds to support future leaders of research into the causes and treatment of brain tumours
Post Doctoral Fellow
£1,660,000GBP for 3 years
June 24, 2019
Research Fellow Award ProgramThe Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) seeks proposals for the MMRF 2019 Research Fellow Award Program, an initiative supporting researchers in the multiple myeloma field.Post Doctoral Fellow
Up to $75,000 USD for 1 year
June 24, 2019
Baxter Young Investigator AwardsBaxter touches the lives of millions of people around the world every day. Our products and therapies can be found throughout hospitals and clinics – from the ER to the OR, from the pharmacy to the ICU – as well as advancing patients’ care in their homes.
MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows
$500-$3000 for 1 year
June 30, 2019
Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human RightsThe prize will be awarded to the winner of an interdisciplinary writing competition on international human rights and gender. The prize is made possible by a donation from University of Texas linguistics professor Robert King in honor of the work of Audre Rapoport, who has spent many hours dedicated to the advancement of women in the United States and internationally, particularly on issues of reproductive health.
MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows
Upper $1,000USD for 1 year
July 1, 2019
Promoting Talents Across BordersThe Fellowship Program consists of five scholarship programs that offer tailored financial support.
MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellowsvarious for 1 yearJuly 14, 2019
Jacquot Research Entry Scholarships in NephrologyThe purpose of the scholarship is to to provide stipend support for Fellows or trainees in Nephrology to undertake a research higher degree.
MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows
$45,000 aud for 1 year
July 15, 2019
Robert and Elizabeth Albert Travel GrantThe purpose of the grant is to provide support for the purposes of furthering international collaboration in research. Funds are to be used to allow for travel to appropriate centres overseas.
MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows
$10,000AUD for 1 year
July 22, 2019
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Clinical Training GrantsThe purpose of this RFA is to cross-train post-doctoral researchers in testing and refining artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms using learning health care system data and/or multiple longitudinal data sources to improve our understanding of all data related to precision medicine.
Post Doctoral Fellow
Upper $100,000USD for 2 years
July 26, 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
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
$6,000 for 12-24 Weeks
3 months prior to arriving at host University
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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