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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

Graduate Fellowship Program

The Graduate Fellowship Program provides stipends on a competitive basis to highly qualified applicants to initiate or continue graduate training in Canada, in the field of blood transfusion and transplantation science.MSc & PhDUpper $104,000 for 4 yearsNovember 29, 2019

Pre- and Postdoctoral training Awards

The Autism Science Foundation invites applications for its Pre-and Postdoctoral Training Awards from graduate students, medical students and postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing careers in basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders. PhD, Post Doctoral Fellow$25,000-$35,000 for 1 yearDecember 2, 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

QuadW Foundation-AACR Fellowship for Clinical/Translational Sarcoma Research

The QuadW Foundation-AACR Fellowship for Clinical/Translational Sarcoma Research represents a joint effort to encourage and support a postdoctoral or clinical research fellow to conduct translational or clinical sarcoma… more » research and to establish a successful career path in this field. Post Doctoral FellowUSD $50,000 for 1 yearDecember 6, 2019

Global Scholar-in-Training Awards

The AACR is pleased to offer the Global Scholar-in-Training Awards (GSITA) to eligible early-career investigators in countries designated by the World Bank as low-, lower-middle, or upper-middle income economies (LMIC).MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral FellowsUpper $2,000 for 1 yearDecember 9, 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

Young Investigator Award (YIA)

The Young Investigator Award (YIA), CTF's longest running award program, provides funding for two years to early-career NF researchers, helping them to get established as independent investigators. The main function of… more » the YIA program is to serve as a 'seeding mechanism' for researchers to secure larger grants, such as from the NIH and CDMRP NFRP. Several former YIAs are now leaders in the NF research and clinical communities. In fact, CTF's `seeding' of the NF field with new talent has been hailed as a key reason for rapid advancements in NF research in recent years. Post doctoral FellowUSD $ 32,000 - USD $108,000 for 2 yearsJanuary 3, 2020

CURE Taking Flight Award

CURE awards grants for novel research projects that address finding the cures for epilepsy and address the goal of "no seizures, no side-effects." The Taking Flight Award seeks to promote the careers of young epilepsy investigators to allow them to develop a research focus independent of their mentor(s). Post doctoral FellowUpper  $100,000 USD for 1 yearJanuary 8, 2020

National Psoriasis Foundation Research Grants Program

The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is seeking grant applications from graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and researchers at similar trainee-level positions interested in conducting projects focused on psoriatic disease. The goal of this award is to support scientists at this challenging early career stage and to welcome them into the collaborative community of scientists, clinicians, and patients involved with NPF research. Ultimately, recipients of this award are expected to be in a position to compete for future funding through NPF Discovery or Translational Research Grants and go on to establish successful long-term careers conducting psoriatic disease research. MSc, PhD, Postdoctal FellowUpper $50,000 USD for 1 yearJanuary 13, 2020


Studentships will be awarded to meritorious applicants wishing to acquire training and pursue research in a biomedical discipline, the health sciences or social sciences related to epilepsy.MSc, PhD$68,000 for 1 year (renewable)January 15, 2020

Postdoctoral Enrichment Program

Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) provides a total of $60,000 over three years to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research.Post Doctoral Fellow$60,000 for 3 yearsJanuary 15, 2020

Lalor Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Lalor Foundation's Fellowship Program awards fellowships to institutions for basic postdoctoral research in mammalian reproductive biology as related to the regulation of fertility.Post Doctoral Fellow$50,000 USD for 1 yearJanuary 15, 2020

Dick Martin Scholarship Award

This national scholarship is available to students undertaking an occupational health and safety related course or program leading to an occupational health and safety certificate, diploma or degree at an accredited college or university in Canada. MSc, PhD$3,000 CAD for 1 yearJanuary 31, 2020

Mensa Canada Scholarship Programme

Mensa Canada invites applications for its general scholarship program. This enables students to pursue their career goals.MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows, Undergraduate students$2,000 - $3,000 for 1 yearJanuary 31, 2020

The Edgar Kerstan Memorial Scholarship

Mensa Canada invites applications for the Edgar Kerstan memorial scholarship. This supports Canadian citizens or landed immigrants enrolled in a full-time program at a Canadian post-secondary institution.MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows, Undergraduate studentsUpper $3,000 for 1 yearJanuary 31, 2020

Student Research Fellowship

Each fellowship consists of a $3,000 award and a two-year complimentary subscription to the Journal of Vascular Surgery. The award is designed for students to spend a meaningful period of time on a project either in a block of several months or spread out over a longer period of time, not to exceed 12 months. The minimum full-time commitment is two months. Undergraduate. MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow$3,000 USD for 1 yearFebruary 1, 2020

Research Fellowships

The Cooley's Anemia Foundation invites national and international clinical and basic science investigators (postdoctoral or junior faculty) to apply for its prestigious fellowship program. Applications should be focused on the understanding or treatment of thalassemia or a complication that is related to thalassemia. The areas of interest include, but are not limited to, studies of globin gene regulation, globin gene transfer and expression, fetal hemoglobin production, hematopoietic stem cell research, bone marrow transplantation, iron chelation and iron overload, endocrine and cardiac disorders in thalassemia, and transfusion therapy and its complications. Postdoctoral Fellows$50,000 USD for 1 year (renewable)February 3, 2020

Parkinson Canada Research Program

The Parkinson Canada Research Program funds research into the cure, cause, progression, improved treatment and/or understanding of Parkinson's disease, related disorders including Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), other Parkinson's conditions and the impact these diseases have on society. The following grants are offered: Pilot Project Grant, New Investigator Award, Basic Research Fellowship, Clinical Movement Disorders Fellowship, Clinical research Fellowship and Graduate Student Award.PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows
Upper  $100,000 CAD for 1-2 years (varies on grants)February 3, 2020

Basic Research Fellowship

Candidates must hold a doctoral degree (MD or PhD) and may be Canadian citizens who propose to train at an Approved Institution located inside or outside of Canada, or international applicants proposing to train at an Approved Institution located in Canada.MD or PhD$40,000 - $50,000 per year (for two years)February 3, 2020

Clinical Movement Disorders Fellowship
Recipient will undertake clinical training in the subspecialty of Movement Disorders and gain expertise in diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s and may include other movement disorders.Applicants must have completed a recognized postgraduate training program in Neurology or Neurosurgery before start of program and be eligible to practice in Canada.$50,000 (one-year duration)February 3, 2020

Clinical Research Fellowship
Recipient training will combine direct experience in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s and in clinical research.MD$50,000 per year (for two years)February 3, 2020

Graduate Student Award
At the time of application, candidates must be enrolled in a full-time graduate study program at the PhD level. Candidates may be Canadian citizens who propose to train at an Approved Institution located inside Canada or international applicants proposing to train at an Approved Institution located in Canada, who fulfill the criteria for a student visa.PhD$10,000 per year (for two years)February 3, 2020

2020-2021 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Domestic)

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program encourages excellence in graduate studies at publicly-assisted universities in Ontario. Since 1975, the OGS program has been providing merit-based scholarships to Ontario’s best graduate students in all disciplines of academic study. The scholarship program at U of T is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto. The Province allocates OGS awards to universities specifying the number of awards that each may offer to their students annually. Please adhere to the IMS deadline of March 1, 2020. The deadlines of SGS and other units will differ. MSc, PhD$5,000 per session for up to 2 or 3 consecutive sessionsMarch 1, 2020
L'Oréal Canada/UNESCO Women in Science Research Excellence Fellowships
L'Oréal International, in partnership with several other institutions, invites applications to its Canada national fellowship. This supports ongoing research projects led by female researchers that demonstrate innovation,… more » imagination and relevance, considering scientific solutions to problems confronting humankind in the 21st century. Fellowships are annual. PhD, Post Doctoral Fellow. Applicants must be a female Canadian citizen or permanent residentUpper $20,000, lower $5,000 for 1 yearMarch 22, 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

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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