2021 Update: RTC Research Top-Up Award

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our scholarship has been adjusted to a Top-Up Award. More information about the award and the details of the application process will be available in mid-March 2021. Please contact us if you have any questions. 

About the Scholarship

The Research Training Center is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to support research trainees at the LKSKI and KRCBS. The aim of these awards is to provide a partial salary support to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows registered with the RTC in order to help them to perform research and obtain a degree through their work. The successful applicant will be provided with a one-time award that will provide a top-up to the trainee’s stipend and (if applicable) reimburse the supervisor’s research fund used to pay the trainee’s stipend. We also encourage applicants to seek external funding.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants must be enrolled in a graduate school (Masters or PhD program) or be employed as a post-doctoral fellow at St. Michael’s Hospital. Graduate students must have at least 4 months of graduate work completed prior to applying for the award. Applicants must not hold a faculty appointment. The supervisor must pay at least part of the student’s stipend from an SMH activity/account, to which the award will be is transferred. Part time trainees registered with the RTC: The current call for scholarships is only for full-time trainees. If funding allows, we will announce a special call for part- time graduate students. 1. Post-Doctoral Fellows Applicants must be employed at St. Michael’s Hospital as a post-doctoral fellow for less than four years under the supervision of a LKSKI/KRCBS scientist; employment end date must be on or after December 18th, 2020; applicants must be registered with the Research Training Centre (RTC); and must not hold a faculty position. 2. Graduate Students – MSc or PhD Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program at a verified University, must be registered with the Research Training Centre (RTC), must be a graduate student based at St. Michael’s Hospital until at least December 18th, 2020 and must have a supervisor whose primary affiliation is with LKSKI/KRCBS. The amount of the award will be based on the external funding held by the applicant. We consider the following as external funding: departmental base funding; training awards or scholarships awarded to the trainee (e.g. OGS, CIHR, NSERC, etc.). Research grants awarded to the supervisor used to pay the trainee’s stipend are excluded. All funding must be disclosed in the supervisor’s form (must be filled out by supervisor and emailed to rtc@smh.ca). Based on external funding, graduate trainees will be put into the following categories: Category 1. Trainees who have less than $10,000 in external funding. RTC scholarship goes to the supervisor, who uses part of it to top-up the trainee in accordance with U of T’s funding policy. Category 2. Trainees who have $10,000+ in external funding. A smaller award is given, and the award will go towards the trainee’s stipend top-up. The award is paid to the supervisor, who must use it for a top-up. The supervisor is responsible for arranging the top-up that is paid to the trainee. The supervisor should contact rtc@smh.ca to arrange for a change in the stipend. Please note, that a trainee who is not paid at least partially from an SMH account cannot receive an award. Trainees whose annual stipend is $4000 above the total base funding minimum (as per U of T graduate student funding policy 2020-2021) are not eligible for the top-up portion of the RTC scholarship.


Based on the funding information provided by the supervisor (funding table on the supervisor’s form), each trainee will be put into one of the two categories outlined above:

Category 1

  • Masters Awards: $5000/each
  • PhD Awards: $10,000/each
  • Post-Doctoral Awards: $15,000/each
    • For Post-doctoral fellows with external funding, the award value will be determined by the scholarship committee.

Category 2

  • Scholarship amount awarded to the trainee will be determined by the RTC.

The award will be transferred to the supervisor’s SMH activity that pays the base funding/salary of the scholarship recipient. The supervisor must top-up the recipient’s salary in accordance with U of T student funding policy.  

How to Apply

Please create a PDF copy of your application containing all the required parts listed in the scholarship information table and email this to the RTC Coordinator, rtc@smh.ca. The subject of your email should be as follows: RTC-Scholarship – First Name, Last Name. Please cc your PI/supervisor on your application email. Hard copies of your application will not be accepted. If you do not have access to a scanner, please visit the Health Sciences Library (LKS 3rd floor) to scan your application. If you have any questions regarding your application or eligibility, please email the RTC Coordinator, rtc@smh.ca. Please read through SMH RTC scholarship guidelines, and submit your complete application:

  1. SMH- RTC Scholarship Information   .docx / PDF

  2. Scholarship Checklist   .docx / PDF

  3. Scholarship Application Form   .docx / PDF

  4. Form for Supervisor (form must be completed by your SMH supervisor)   .docx / PDF


For all attached free-form documents, use 12-point Times New Roman font and a 2 cm margin all around. The header should contain the applicant’s name and the section title (e.g. Project Summary).

Additional Requirements for successful applicants

Recipients of this award are expected to acknowledge in all publications/presentations that they received support through the St. Michael’s Hospital Research Training Centre scholarship; the award recipients are expected to attend the RTC trainee seminars and to present their research at the RTC seminar series and at the RTC Research Day (in the form of an oral or poster presentation); recipients are encouraged to be active in the LKSKI/KRCBS trainee life and regularly participate in events organized by the RTC and the SRSA.

Important Dates

March 13th 4pm Scholarship application deadline March 2020 Applications will be reviewed by the Research Scholarship Selection Committee Mid-April 2020 Applicants will be notified of the reviewers’ decision through email April 2020 Scholarship winners will be notified when funds have been transferred to the supervisor’s research account

Selection Process

The Research Scholarship Selection Committee will review applications that meet the eligibility criteria. The decision will be made by the selection committee, and will be based on demonstrated performance and future potential, as revealed by the submitted documents. The selection process will follow the criteria used by U of T SGS to evaluate applications.


If you have any questions regarding your application or eligibility, please email the RTC Coordinator at rtc@smh.ca or 416-864-6060 ext. 47871.


The RTC scholarship is intended to be used for your  salary and cannot be used for research work (i.e. taking courses, travel, etc.)

Your work/research at St. Michael’s Hospital must be used to satisfy the requirements of your graduate program at a recognized academic institution and under the supervision of a St. Michael’s Hospital supervisor.

At this time, only trainees from LKS or KRC are eligible to apply.

St. Michael's Hospital RTC Scholarship Winners & Honourable Mentions


Jason Lo Hog Tian – Masters – Dry Bench Robinson Truong – Masters – Dry Bench Chloe Mighton – PhD – Dry Bench   Danielle Karakas – Masters – Wet Bench Shenhab Zaig – Masters – Wet Bench Xavier Lee – PhD – Wet Bench Fatima Zohra Dahmani – PDF – Wet Bench  

Runners up

Danielle Lee – Masters – Dry Bench Aaron Miller – PhD – Dry Bench   Aylin Visram – Masters – Wet Bench Curtis D’Hollander – Masters – Wet Bench Ikran Ali – PhD – Wet Bench Patrick Meagher – PhD – Wet Bench  


Shaista Anwer – MSc – Wet Bench Matthew Reyad – MSc – Wet Bench Elyse Latreille – MSc – Wet Bench Thenuka Thanabalasingam – MSc – Wet Bench Michelle Dubinsky – PhD – Wet Bench Ghaffari Siavash – PDF – Wet Bench Zahra Khan – MSc – Dry Bench Néma McGlynn – MSc – Dry Bench Laura Elliott – MSc – Dry Bench Christine Schemitsch – PhD – Dry Bench Cilia Mejia-Lancheros – PDF – Dry Bench



Honourable Mentions

Tiffany Ni – MSc – Wet Bench Daniel Han – MSc – Wet Bench Negar Khosraviani – MSc – Wet Bench Minhyoung Lee – PhD – Wet Bench Biswajit Chowdhury – PDF – Wet Bench Samantha Mahabir – PDF – Wet Bench Shuangbo Liu – MSc – Dry Bench Salma Shickh – PhD – Dry Bench Arden Corter – PDF – Dry Bench

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