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
Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has joined together with the Sohn Conference Foundation, dedicated to curing pediatric cancers, to establish the Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award.
Post Doctoral Fellow
$231,000 for 4 years
March 14 2019
Allied Health Doctoral FellowshipsThe Kidney Foundation of Canada is offering a limited number of Fellowships designed to provide for full-time academic and research preparation at the doctoral level. The objective of this program is to promote and enhance the development of nephrology allied health investigators in Canada. The award is tenable in Canada or abroad. PhD$52,000 for 4 yearsMarch 15 2019
Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator AwardsApplications are encouraged from early-career basic scientists, medical oncologists, pathologists, urologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, public health experts, bioinformaticians, bioengineers, or professionals from any other field that could contribute to the end of prostate cancer. Applicants may be working in basic, translational, computational or clinical research and need not be trained specifically in prostate cancer research to be highly competitive. Applicant should be within six-years following completion of a professional degree or subsequent mentored academic or clinical training program.PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows
$225,000 USD for 3 years
March 17 2019
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF)- NARSAD Young Investigator GrantsTo facilitate innovative research opportunities and supports basic, as well as translational and/or clinical investigators. All research must be relevant to our understanding, treatment and prevention of serious psychiatric disorders such as: schizophrenia; bipolar; mood and anxiety disorders; or early onset brain and behavior disorders.Post Doctoral Fellow
$35,000 USD for 2 years
March 19 2019
Picker Gold Challenge Grants for Residency TrainingThe Picker Gold Graduate Medical Education Challenge Grant Program supports the research and development of successful patient-centered care initiatives and best practices in the residency training environment.Residents
$15,000-$25,000 for 1 year
March 29 2019
International Policy Ideas Challenge 2019Global Affairs Canada, in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), is pleased to announce the fourth edition of the International Policy Ideas Challenge. MSc and PhD
$3,000 for 1 year
March 29 2019
Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation of Canada ScholarshipThe KKG Foundation of Canada fosters and promotes higher education among Canadian women. This scholarship is proudly offered annually to any Canadian woman who is active in her Ph.D. studies.PhD
March 30 2019
Cancer Research Institute: CFI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship ProgramThe CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports qualified young scientists at leading universities and research centers around the world who wish to receive training in fundamental immunology or cancer immunology.Post Doctoral Fellow
$175,000 for 3 years
April 1 2019
Doctoral AwardThis award is directed at candidates with a health professional degree who wish to engage in or enhance their research training. PhD
$50,000 for 4 years
April 1 2019
Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green ScholarshipSociologists for Women in Society has worked hard to build a coalition of women scholars who share concerns about the status of women both domestically and internationally.MSc, PhD
$18,000 for 1 year
April 1 2019
Ontario Brain Institute's ONtrepreneurs programThe ONtrepreneurs (Ontario Neurotech Entrepreneurs) Program is Canada's single largest award that catalyzes early stage entrepreneurs to commercialize brain-related technologies by accessing funding and support to launch or grow their neurotechnology ventures.Post Doctoral Fellow
$50,000 for 1 year
April 1 2019
Postdoctoral FellowshipThe Institute seeks hypothesis-driven, mechanistic studies in both immunology and tumor immunology. The applicant and sponsor should make every effort to demonstrate the potential of the proposed studies to directly impact our understanding of the immune system's role in cancer.Post Doctoral Fellow
$175,500 for 3 years
April 1 2019
Health System Impact FellowshipThe Health System Impact (HSI) Fellowship (for doctoral trainees and post-doctoral fellows) provides highly-qualified doctoral trainees and post-doctoral fellows studying health services and policy research (HSPR), or related fields, a unique opportunity to apply their research and analytic talents to critical challenges in health care that are being addressed by health system and related organizations (e.g., public, private for-profit, not-for-profit, and Indigenous health organizations that are not universities) outside of the traditional scholarly setting, and to develop professional experience, new skills, and networks. Post Doctoral Fellow$50,000-$155,000 for 1-2 years
April 2 2019
Paris Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - Blue Sky Fellowships in humanities and social sciences The Paris IAS welcomes applications from high level international scholars and scientists in the fields of the humanities and the social sciences for a research stay of 5 or 10 months, during the academic year 2020-2021. The research fellows will work freely on the project of their choice. Each cohort of fellows includes about 20 researchers from all backgrounds, disciplines and nationalities.Post Doctoral Fellow
Various amountsApril 15 2019
Paris Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - Brain, Culture and Society Program The Paris IAS welcomes applications from high level international scholars and scientists in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, cognitive sciences, and neurosciences for a research stay of 5 or 10 months during the academic year 2020-2021 within the framework of its “Brain, Culture and Society program”. The research fellows will work freely on the project of their choice at the interface of neuroscience, the cognitive sciences and the humanities and social sciences. Post Doctoral Fellow
Various amountsApril 15 2019
Scholarship for the Next Generation of ScientistsScholarships for the Next Generation of Scientists is a Cancer Research Society funding program with the goal of supporting the future generation of Canadian researchers.Post Doctoral Fellow
$160,000 for 3 years
April 26 2019
CFWH Dawn Walker Grant for Health Policy EducationThe Dawn Walker Grant is administered by the Canadian Foundation for Women's Health (CFWH) in support of health policy training and development for healthcare professionals.MSc, PhD
$5,000 for 1 yearMay 1 2019
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
May 1 2019
CIHR Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy Fellowship AwardThe CIHR Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy has funds to support graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Successful candidates are recognized as CIHR Fellows in Public Health Policy, and become part of a dynamic public health policy training and research community.MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows
$17,850-$36,850 for 1-2 years
May 4 2019
Spinal Cord Injury Research on the Translational SpectrumThe Neilsen Foundation funds projects that are designed to improve and advance current treatments for acute and chronic spinal cord dysfunction. This portfolio emphasizes SCI (vs. spinal cord disease or related disorders) and is intended to fill gaps in the field and to further develop new strategies to restore function resulting from SCI.Post Doctoral Fellow
Up to $150,000USD for up to 2 years
May 6 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
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

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