External Awards

CIHR Doctoral Research Awards 

Deadline: October 3, 2017 - Apply directly to ResearchNet

The CIHR Doctoral Research Awards consist of two programs administered through a single application:

  • The Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards (CGS-D) program provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada.
  • The Doctoral Foreign Study Award (DFSA) provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field abroad.

Candidates apply to the CIHR Doctoral Research Awards competition and top-ranked candidates are awarded a CGS-D or DFSA depending on the proposed location of research. Both awards are of equivalent value. 
All candidates are expected to have an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity.

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) & NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral PGS D

Physiology deadline: September 18, 2017

The Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) Program provides financial support to outstanding eligible students pursuing doctoral studies in a Canadian university. The Government of Canada established these prestigious scholarships, to be awarded through national competitions by the granting agencies, to ensure a reliable supply of highly qualified personnel to meet the needs of Canada's knowledge economy. Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholars will help renew faculty at Canadian universities and will be the research leaders of tomorrow. The NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral (PGS D) Program provides financial support to high-calibre students who are engaged in doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering. This support allows these students to fully concentrate on their studies and to seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students who are interested in the program to apply.

CIHR/NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's Program (CGSM)

Physiology deadline: December 1, 2017

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. The award value is $17,500 for 12 months (non-renewable).

Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) for International PhD students

The Ontario Trillium Scholarships is a new program which serves as a significant initiative to attract more of the best qualified international students to Ontario for PhD studies.  The University of Toronto will have 15 awards to distribute annually.  Each OTS will be worth $40,000 (including tuition) per annum, and is renewable for four years.
Academic merit is the defining criterion for the selection of OTS recipients.  OTS recipients must have achieved an A- average in each of the last two years of full-time study.  Nominees must be new international applicants applying to full-time doctoral programs within the funded-cohort (PhD).  Nominees must not currently be studying at an Ontario institution or have been previously registered within U of T.  No application is required.  Applicants are automatically considered when they apply for admission to a graduate unit.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Physiology deadline: September 11, 2017

The Vanier CGS program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health; as well as leadership skills. Both Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.
A Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship is valued at $50,000 per year, for up to three years.

Ontario Women's Health Scholars Awards

Physiology Deadline: November 14, 2016

The Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award is administered by the Council of Graduate Studies on behalf of Ontario government ministries. It is open to Master’s students, Doctoral students, and Post Doctoral Fellows. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, a Scholar Awards Program in Women's Health has been established to ensure that Ontario attracts and retains pre-eminent women's health scholars.  The community of women's health scholars fostered by this Awards program will excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge about women's health and its translation into improved health for women, more effective health services and products for women, and a strengthened health care system.

Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research (TRCHR) Education Fund

PhD & Fellowship - May 5, 2017 (directly to TRCHR)

Enabled by an unprecedented gift from the Ted Rogers Family Foundation, the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research (TRCHR) was jointly conceived by its three partner organizations, namely Hospital for Sick Children, University Health Network and University of Toronto.  The TRCHR represents a transformational investment in basic science-, translational- and clinical-research, innovation, and education in regenerative medicine, genomics, and clinical care of paediatric and adult heart disease, with the over-arching goral of addressing heart failure across the entire lifespan. For student research funding opportunities, please check TRCHR.

Austism Scholars Awards

Deadline: December 1, 2016 - Apply directly to SGS Graduate Awards Office

With the support of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, a Scholars Award Program in Austism has been established to ensure that Ontario attracts and retains pre-eminent scholars.  The community of austism scholars fostered by this Awards Program will excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge concerning child autism, and its translation into improved health for children, more effective services and products for children with autism, and increase the province's capacity in diagnosis and assessment of autism and a strengthened treatment system.

Alzheimer Society

The Alzheimer Society Research Program is a collaborative effort between the Alzheimer Society of Canada (ASC), its provincial affiliates, partners, and donors. The Program provides Research Grants and Training Awards to support Canadian investigators conducting (1) biomedical research into causes and a cure for Alzheimer Disease, and (2) research into social and psychological aspects of Alzheimer Disease, including caregiving, family support and long-term care.
ASC's Research Program is committed to promoting excellence in Alzheimer research and supporting projects that will significantly advance scientific and clinical knowledge and improve the quality of life of both those with the disease and their caregivers. ASC-sponsored researchers have shed light on critical aspects of Alzheimer Disease and include some of the top Alzheimer scientists nationally and internationally. The Training Awards Program provides outstanding individuals with the opportunity to obtain training in research eventually to become independent investigators in the field of Alzheimer Disease.

Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services Graduate Fellowship Program provides support to young investigators who initiate or continue training in the field of blood transfusion science, particularly relevant to therapeutic immunoglobulins, pathogen reduction/inactivation, product quality and improved cellular products.  This program is offered to graduate students who are undertaking full-time research training leading to a PhD degree.

The fellowship has a value of $25,000 per annum. A yearly research and travel allowance of $1,000 per annum is provided with each fellowship. Students may be
supported for a maximum of 4 years. The initial term of the fellowship is 2 years with possible renewal for an additional 2 years upon reapplication.

Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowship

Deadline:  December 1, 2016 (directly to SGS Awards Office)

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International​ is a professional honorary society of women educators. DKG promotes professional and personal growth of its members and excellence in education. The World Fellowship Fund was established to provide opportunities for women from foreign countries to pursue graduate studies in Canada and the United States. The value of the award is USD $4,000.

The application form and checklist are available on the SGS Graduate Awards website.

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada

The Focus on Stroke (FOS) Doctoral Research Award provides salary support to individuals enrolled in a PhD program and undertaking full-time research training in the stroke field. Each application, including the development of the research plan, is considered to be a joint submission by the applicant and the identified supervisor.  Applications to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada are due annually on November 1 to be tenable July 1 of the following year.

Parkinson Society of Canada (PSC)

The Graduate Student Award program is strategic initiative to encourage promising young scientists to enter the field of Parkinson's research and to invest in research training that offers promise for future work in the area of Parkinson's disease. PSC wishes to encourage continued growth and revitalization in the fields of Parkinson's research in Canada by supporting talented young scientists and providing students with an opportunity to enter into the area of Parkinson's research during the early stages of their training. Funds awarded under the Program are to be used to cover salaries for research training in Parkinson's-related areas. Through this initiative, PSC invites fellowship applications from applicants committed to conducting biomedical research in areas relevant to the cure, cause, prevention, improved treatment and/or understanding of Parkinson's disease.

The Program is available to only those students engaged in full-time research training in a graduate school. At the time of application, all candidates must be enrolled in graduate study program at the Master's or PhD level.

Harvard University Society of Fellows

The purpose of the Society of Fellows is to give men and women at an early stage of their scholarly careers an opportunity to pursue their studies in any department of the University, free from formal requirements. They must be persons of exceptional ability, originality, and resourcefulness, and should be of the highest calibre of intellectual achievement, comparable to successful candidates for junior faculty positions at leading universities. These Junior Fellows are selected by the Senior Fellows, who with the President of the University and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, ex officio, administer the Society. Those elected receive three year fellowships.

To be eligible for a Junior Fellowship, a candidate must be at an early stage of his or her scholarly career. Men and women interested in any field of study are accepted. Most Junior Fellows receive the Ph.D. just prior to the start of the fellowship. If still pursuing the Ph.D., Junior Fellows should be at the dissertation stage of their theses and be prepared to finish their degrees within a year of becoming fellows. If already a recipient of the degree, they should not be much more than a year past the PhD. at the time the fellowship commences.

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

FoM GLSE Deadline: July 29, 2017

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is intended to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally; develop their leadership potential; and position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career.

Seventy fellowships are awarded annually, divided evenly between Canada's three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC). There are a total of 140 awards active at any one time.

CAGS/ProQuest-UMI and Leyerle-CIFAR Awards

The CAGS/ProQuest-UMI and Leyerle-CIFAR awards both recognize Canadian doctoral dissertations that make unusually significant and original contributions to their academic field. 

The CAGS/ProQuest-UMI Distinguished Dissertation Awards annually present two awards: one for engineering, medical sciences and natural sciences; and one for fine arts, humanities and social sciences. The Awards are granted by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) and are sponsored by Proquest-UMI (University Microfilms International).  (two prizes each of $1,500, plus a citation certificate, and travel expenses of up to $1,500 to attend the 2015 CAGS Annual Conference)

The John Leyerle-CIFAR Prize for Interdisciplinary Research was established to honour John Leyerle, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies in the late 1970’s, who played an instrumental role in founding the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) in 1978. This prize recognizes an excellent student who is clearly performing outstanding interdisciplinary research. (one prize of approx. $800 and a citation certificate)

CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

The CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards are made annually to individuals who, in the opinion of the award committee, have completed dissertations representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline.  Both methodological and substantive quality will be judged.  Two awards are given annually in two different broad areas. Individuals must be nominated for these awards by a member institution.

John Charles Polanyi Prizes

Physiology Deadline: November 18, 2016

In honour of the achievement of John Charles Polanyi, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Government of the Province of Ontario has established a fund to provide annually up to five prizes to outstanding researchers in the early stages of their career who are continuing to post-doctoral studies or have recently started a faculty appointment at an Ontario university. In 2016, the John Charles Polyani Prizes have a value of $20,000 each and are available in the areas broadly defined as Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Economic Science.

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