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Garron Family Cancer Centre

Fellowship Opportunities

The Garron Family Cancer Centre (GFCC) offers unique fellowship opportunities for clinical fellows, nurses, pharmacists, allied health trainees and basic science investigators engaged in cancer research.  The GFCC as part of The Hospital for Sick Children is one of Canada's top ranked Paediatric Oncology Centres in Canada.  These fellowship opportunities aim to provide training through direct participation in basic science or clinical investigation under the supervision of world leaders in oncology research and clinical care. The goal is to promote career development in the clinician/investigator and clinician/scientist tracks.

Fellowship Requirements

Research undertaken must be cancer related and fellows are required to participate in GFCC research seminars related to their research interests and as their schedules allow from the outset of their fellowship. As part of the fellowship, clinical fellows may be required to commit up to 10% of their time to clinical activities during research training.

Fellowship Application

There are three application streams for the GFCC Fellowship opportunities:  

Stream 1 & 2 Fellowship Overview

Duration: 2 & 4 year fellowships available

Start Date: July 1


  1. Physician trainees who have completed or will have completed at time of start of fellowship their core clinical training in Paediatric Haematology/Oncology (for two year fellowship) or by the time of the conclusion of the fellowship if awarded (for 4 year fellowship).
  2. Nurses, Pharmacists and Allied Health professionals pursuing their PhD or Master's degree can apply to Research Fellowship (stream 2) outlined below.

Stream 1: Clinical/Research Fellowship (4 years): in conjunction with the Division of Haematology/Oncology at SickKids, trainees can apply for the GFCC Clinician Scientist Fellowship.  The GFCC Research Fellowship will begin after the 2-year clinical training is completed.  A project supervisor and primary project are not required at time of application, but will be expected to be identified early in the clinical portion of fellowship and no later than the first 12 months of the 24 month clinical training program.  The research portion of the fellowship (year 3 and 4) will be awarded conditionally, pending identification of project supervisor and primary project.

Please note: if a clinical fellowship is not awarded by the Division of Haematology/Oncology for year 1 and year 2, candidates are not eligible for this stream. Notification of Division of Haematology/Oncology Fellowship will be provided prior to GFCC Research Fellowship application deadline of September 10.

For more information on the Division of Haematology/Oncology Fellowship please visit the Division of Haematology/Oncology website.

Application requirements:

  1. Division of Haematology/Oncology Fellowship Application
  2. GFCC Fellowship Trainee Application
  3. GFCC Research Fellowship letter of intent outlining personal goals and preliminary thoughts for research project submitted to gfcc.fellowship@sickkids.ca at the time of application submission to Division of Haematology/Oncology program.
  4. Supplemental applications no later than first 12 months of clinical fellowship:

Stream 2: Research Fellowship (1-2 years): applicants can apply in the year prior to the planned research activities. For physician trainee applications should follow their clinical training. This stream is open to pharmacy, nursing and allied health professionals pursuing their PhD or Master's degree. For those applying directly to the research stream of the fellowship, a supervisor and primary project must be identified at time of application.  The research fellowship is intended to start July 1 of the following year of application submission.

Application Requirements:

  1. Current CV
  2. Two appropriate professional letters of reference in addition to supervisor letter of support for stream 2 (three reference letters in total), one must be from previous supervisor and/or colleague who can speak to your experience in research and/or scholarly work from the past 3 years.
  3. GFCC Fellowship Trainee Application
  4. GFCC Fellowship Supervisor Application

Supervisor Contribution

Supervisors please visit the GFCC internal website for information on required contribution.  

Deadline for Applications

September 10: start date of July 1 of the following year. Application will close at 11:59 p.m. on September 10.

Fellowships Available

Effective September 2017, the GFCC will be awarding two GFCC Research Fellowships annually.

Stream 3: Basic Science/Investigator Fellowship (1-2 years): applicants must apply directly through SickKids Research Training Centre's (RTC) Restracomp Program. The GFCC co-funds up to 8 cancer related research projects annually.

To learn more about the Restracomp application process and to obtain an application package visit the RTC Training Centre site.  Restracomp will administrate the initial evaluation of applications, and competitive applicants will be forwarded for final adjudication by the GFCC's Education Council. Interested applicants must self-identify that their project is cancer related on the application, apply through the appropriate category and approach a supervisor (Associate Scientist, Scientist, Senior Associate Scientist, Senior Scientist) to obtain a letter of endorsement that must be included in the application package.

Fellowship Expectations

  1. A progress report must be provided by March 31 of the first year research is undertaken and then in the final year of the fellowship.
  2. GFCC fellows are required to present their research by the final year of their fellowship at the GFCC Research Day held annually in January.
  3. Fellows in stream 1 and 2 may be required to commit up to 10% of their time to clinical activities during research training.
  4. Acknowledge the Garron Family Cancer Centre in all presentations, invited/submitted poster sessions etc. and use the GFCC logo for such occasions.
  5. Fellows must inform the GFCC in writing of any future applications for funding, publications, new findings or conclusions drawn from the project or the experience that was gained through the GFCC Fellowship opportunity.

Fellowship Deferral

The GFCC Stream 2 fellowship can be deferred up to a maximum of 1 year. A written letter advising of deferral is required and must include signature from fellow and supervisor.

Letter to be submitted to gfcc.fellowship@sickkids.ca.