2022-23 Graduate Stimulus Package

The Department of Physiology is pleased to announce the 14th annual 'Graduate Stimulus Package'.  This initiative is intended to encourage members of the Graduate Department of Physiology to accept new MSc or PhD students into their laboratories. The terms of this program are as follows:

  • At least 27 grant allocations of $10,000 each will be provided to offset the stipend for a new graduate student who is registered in the 2022-23 academic year (limited to 1 year). 

  • Students must be accepted by the Department and registered into the Graduate program (including the signed GEMS graduate student-supervisor agreement) by September 2022 to be considered.

  • The funds will be prioritized such that preference will be given to PhD students, especially PhD (direct entry) students.  The remaining awards will be given to the MSc students on a first-come-first-serve basis.

  • Students with major awards will likely be excluded from this competition.

  • Final decisions on fund allocation will be made by the Graduate Studies Committee.


  • Preference will be given to doctoral-stream students (PhD, PhD direct entry and MSc students) from historically underrepresented communities, with an emphasis on students from Black or Indigenous communities.  The remaining award will be allocated first to PhD students and second to MSc students on a first-come-first-serve basis.

  • Awards allocated to Black or Indigenous students will be for a period of two years and will not count towards the one-per-lab limit.

To be eligible, the laboratory of the principal investigator must be in 'good standing' in the Graduate Department of Physiology, with criteria for 'good standing ' to include:

  • On-time submission of annual reports by current graduate students in the laboratory

  • Routine meetings with the graduate supervisory committees (2 per year) for current graduate students in the laboratory

  • Ensure attendance of a minimum of 8 departmental seminars per year by current graduate students in the laboratory

  • Participation in Research Platform activities by current graduate students in the laboratory

  • Reasonable thesis completion times for out-going graduate students in the laboratory (e.g. 2 years for MSc students and 4-5 years for PhD students)

  • Participation in Departmental Educational Activities

Supervisors are to apply online at Graduate Stimulus Package application by Friday, September 2, 2022.

For further information on this program, please contact Rosalie Pang at rosalie.pang@utoronto.ca.

Best Regards,


Scott P. Heximer, PhD
Ernest B. and Leonard B. Smith Chair
Department of Physiology
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Medical Science Building, Room 3207
1 Kings College Circle
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA, M5S 1A8
Phone: 416 978-2674; Fax: 416 978-4940