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Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

The Research Training Centre (RTC) manages all internal and external research funding competitions and applications for undergraduate research students, graduate research students, and research fellows at SickKids. 

Alongside internal and external funding management, the RTC also oversees award set-up, compliance, and reporting for student and fellow research funding. 

Internal awards

Restracomp is the SickKids Research Institute's graduate scholarship and fellowship program, funding basic, clinical and/or applied health science researchers working under the supervision of a SickKids scientist.  

Highlights
  • Two competitions annually (April and October) 
  • Master’s (up to two years) and PhD (up to five years) scholarships valued at $26,000 per year 
  • Fellowships (two years) valued at $33,750 per year 
Deadline
  • The second Friday in April and the second Friday in October.

Visit our Slideroom application portal to apply online!

Apply for Restracomp

CSTP is the SickKids Research Institute's scholarship and fellowship program for doctors, nurses and other health professionals, funding exceptional clinician researchers working under the supervision of a SickKids scientist.  

Highlights 
  • Two CSTP competitions annually, in February and September 
  • Master’s (up to two years) and PhD (up to five years) scholarships valued at $40,000 per year 
  • Fellowships (two years) valued at $40,000 per year 

Apply online through our Slideroom application portal below!

Apply for CSTP

The Lap-Chee Tsui Fellowship for Research Excellence was established through the generosity of Dr. Tsui, one of Canada's best-known geneticists and a long-time member of the SickKids Research Institute. Dr. Tsui is celebrated for his identification of the defective gene that causes cystic fibrosis and for his significant contributions to the study of the human genome.  

The Lap-Chee Tsui Fellowship is a two-year award and provides research fellows with $39,550 in salary support including benefits per year, plus a one-time $5,000 research allowance.  

Apply through the Restracomp or CSTP Fellowship competition by following the link below.

Apply for the Lap-Chee Tsui Fellowship

The LiUNA! Fellowship for Research Innovation has been established through the generosity of LiUNA! Local 183, which was established in 1952 to ensure the safety of labourers. It has grown to be the largest construction local union in North America, serving more than 52,000 construction workers and their families in the Greater Toronto Area alone.  

The LiUNA! Fellowship is a two-year award and provides research fellows with in $50,000 salary support per year, plus a $5,000 research allowance per year.  

You can apply through the Restracomp or CSTP Fellowship competition - visit our Slideroom application portal below for online registration.

Apply for LiUNA! Fellowship

The MICe Scholarship for Research Excellence has been established through the generosity of the Mouse Imaging Centre (MICe) at SickKids. MICe became operational in 2002 under the direction of Dr. Mark Henkelman as a unique resource and comprehensive imaging facility combining the latest state-of-the-art digital medical imaging technologies for the characterization of mouse functional genomics. Since then, MICe has grown to include more than 40 investigators whose research at MICe has been featured in more than 340 publications.

The MICe Scholarship is a two-year award and provides graduate research students with $30,000 per year in stipend support plus a one-time $5,000 research allowance.  

Apply for the MICe Scholarship through the Restracomp or CSTP Fellowship competition - follow the link below for registration details!

Apply for the MICe Scholarship

The RTC offers up to $1,000 in financial support for graduate research students and fellows travelling or virtually presenting at a conference, attending a research skills workshop, or visiting an external lab to learn a new technique. 35 awards are available per year.

The RTC also offers up to $1,500 in financial support for Research Associates travelling to a conference or visiting an external lab to learn a new technique. 10 awards are available per year.  

Apply for travel awards by heading to our REDCap application portal by following the link below!

Apply for RTC Travel Awards

Presented in memory of an outstanding clinician-scientist, the Andrew Sass-Kortsak Award honours the work of two exceptional research and clinician research fellows with a $2,500 prize and an invitation to present the annual Andrew Sass-Kortsak Lecture to the Research Institute Community. Nominations are invited each spring.  

You can learn more about Dr. Andrew Sass-Kortsak by visiting the Canadian Liver Foundation's website below.

Read about Dr. Andrew Sass-Kortsak

The Research Institute honours the work of graduate research students and research fellows with the Exceptional Trainee Awards, which are presented annually to one trainee in each of the seven research programs. 

Exceptional Trainee Award winners are selected by the heads of the seven Research Institute programs and presented with plaques, and a $500 prize at the spring Scientific Advisory Board Meeting.  

External Awards

The Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP) provides support for highly qualified child health clinician candidates to develop knowledge and skills for a career as an independent scientist in child health research.  

CCHCSP award holders engage in research training, mentorship, and participation in a core professional development curriculum in one of the participating Child Health Research Training Centres of the CCHCSP. 

SickKids conducts an internal peer review process, via the CSTP program, prior to each CCHCSP competition to determine which SickKids applicants will be recommended for nomination to the national competition. 

You can apply online by visiting our Slideroom application portal from the link below.

Apply for the CCHCSP award

The CIHR Doctoral Research Awards Program funds applications in any area of health research. Doctoral Research Awards are valued at $35,000 per year, including $30,000 in salary support and a $5,000 research allowance. 

Graduate students who are pursuing research under the supervision of a SickKids scientist should select The Hospital for Sick Children as both their research location and institution paid when applying for a CIHR Doctoral Research Award and should follow the application process and deadlines below.  

Deadline 

See ResearchNet for the next CIHR Doctoral Research Award global deadline. The SickKids internal deadline is always 8:00 p.m. the Friday before the CIHR Doctoral Research Award global deadline.  

Eligibility and Award Duration 

Visit ResearchNet for current eligibility rules. For Doctoral Research Award, applications will be accepted in all areas of health research, including biomedical, clinical, health services, and social, cultural, environmental, and population health.  

Applicants seeking support for interdisciplinary research in areas that may overlap with the mandates of CIHR, NSERC, and/or SSHRC (for example, research in Biomedical Engineering) should consult with Melissa Dalgleish, RTC Program Manager, in advance of the SickKids internal deadline.  

The RTC will seek a ruling from the appropriate granting agencies about subject matter eligibility to ensure that your application is not deemed ineligible after submission. Please consult with the RTC if there is any potential overlap or lack of clarity; see the Tri-Council guidelines for selecting the appropriate federal granting agency for more information about each agency's mandate and research areas.  

How to Apply 
  • Complete a Notice of Application in the SickKids myFinance system. 
  • Note: when completing a NOA, please ensure that you list yourself as the trainee (TRN) and your supervisor as the PI in the "Applicant" section, and that the "SK Primary" box is checked next to your supervisor's name. If your graduate funding is not currently paid by SickKids please have your proposed supervisor complete the NOA for you and include you as an external applicant as you do not have access to myFinance. 
  • If you are not yet a SickKids research student, please contact your supervisor regarding the completion of the NOA, as external applicants do not have access to myFinance. 
  • Complete and submit your CIHR Doctoral Research Award application to ResearchNet by the internal deadline above. 
  • Select SickKids (code CEAB) as your location of research and institution paid.
  • If you have done the above, no institutional signatures are required. You must still upload your signature page to your application, and your supervisor's signature is still required.

The CIHR Fellowship Program funds applications in any area of health research. Fellowships are valued at between $21,000 and $50,000 per year depending on area of research training and licensure, which includes salary support and a $5,000 research allowance.  

Fellows who are pursuing research under the supervision of a SickKids scientist, or are proposing a project to be supervised by a SickKids scientist, should select The Hospital for Sick Children as both their research location and institution paid when applying for a CIHR Fellowship, and should follow the application process and deadlines below.  

Deadline 

Visit ResearchNet for the next CIHR Fellowship global deadline.  

The SickKids internal deadline is always 8:00 p.m. the Friday before the CIHR Fellowship global deadline.  

Eligibility and Award Duration 

Consult ResearchNet for current eligibility rules. For CIHR Fellowships, applications will be accepted in all areas of health research, including biomedical, clinical, health services, and social, cultural, environmental and population health.  

Applicants seeking support for interdisciplinary research in areas that may overlap with the mandates of CIHR, NSERC, and/or SSHRC (for example, research in Biomedical Engineering) should consult with Melissa Dalgleish, RTC Program Manager, in advance of the SickKids internal deadline.  

The RTC will seek a ruling from the appropriate granting agencies about subject matter eligibility to ensure that your application is not deemed ineligible after submission. Please consult with the RTC if there is any potential overlap or lack of clarity; see the Tri-Council guidelines for selecting the appropriate federal granting agency for more information about each agency's mandate and research areas.  

How to Apply 
  • Complete a Notice of Application in the SickKids myFinance system.
    • Note: when completing a NOA, please ensure that you list yourself as the trainee (TRN) and your supervisor as the “PI” in the "Applicant" section, and that the "SK Primary" box is checked next to your supervisor's name. If your funding is not currently paid by SickKids please have your proposed supervisor complete the NOA for you and include you as an external applicant as you do not have access to myFinance. 
  • If you are not yet a SickKids fellow, please contact your supervisor regarding the completion of the NOA, as external applicants do not have access to myFinance. 
  • Complete and submit your CIHR Fellowship application in ResearchNet by the internal deadline above. 
  • Select SickKids (code CEAB) as your location of research and institution paid.
  • If you have done the above, no institutional signatures are required. You must still upload your signature page to your application, and your supervisor's signature is still required. 

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the top postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social, and research-based growth. Fellowships are valued at $70,000 per year for two years.  

The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is to: 

  • attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally 
  • develop their leadership potential 
  • position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow 

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants require the support of the institution at which they will be performing research in order to apply. All potential SickKids Banting Fellows go through a rigorous internal review and application development process prior to final application submission.   

Deadline 

Visit the SickKids SlideRoom site for the next Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship internal deadline. 

View Banting Fellowship deadlines

Eligibility and Award Duration 

Consult the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship site for current eligibility rules. Applications will be accepted in all areas of health research, including biomedical, clinical, health services, and social, cultural, environmental, and population health.  

Applicants seeking support for interdisciplinary research in areas that may overlap with the mandates of CIHR, NSERC, and/or SSHRC (for example, research in Biomedical Engineering) should consult with Melissa Dalgleish, RTC Program Manager, in advance of the SickKids internal deadline.  

The RTC will seek a ruling from the appropriate granting agencies about subject matter eligibility to ensure that your application is not deemed ineligible after submission. Please consult with the RTC if there is any potential overlap or lack of clarity; see the Tri-Council guidelines for selecting the appropriate federal granting agency for more information about each agency's mandate and research areas.  

You can submit your Expression of Interest on our Slideroom application portal below!

Submit Expression of Interest

A travel award to support Panamerican Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PABMB) member trainees from Latin America in pursuing 4-month lab visits to a scientist in Cell Biology at SickKids. 

You can apply for the award on our Slideroom application portal below!

Apply for Cell Biology Travel award

Finding other research funding opportunities

The RTC offers support to help you secure funding for your research.

Start by signing up to our weekly email newsletter for current funding opportunities and application support, including info sessions and application writing workshops. 

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External organizations offering scholarships, fellowships and awards

SickKids research students and fellows are strongly encouraged to apply for external funding, and regularly win summer studentship, undergraduate research, graduate research, and fellowship awards from funders around the world

Check out the external organizations, foundations, and government funders providing trainee funding competitions and see which providers in your area of research or clinical practice may have funds available to you. 

If you're enrolled at the University of Toronto, make sure that you also check out the School of Graduate Studies funding opportunities page and talk to your graduate program. 

View funding opportunities

SickKids researchers have access to Pivot, an international funding database the University of Toronto subscribes to on behalf of faculty researchers, postdocs, and research students.  

Pivot allows you to conduct and save advanced funding searches, including Canadian and international opportunities, track opportunities, receive notifications on upcoming deadlines, and share opportunities with colleagues.  

Register for a Pivot account below to get started!

Register for a Pivot account

The Government of Canada’s International Funding database provides funding for Canadian students and fellows pursuing research abroad, and international students and fellows coming to Canada. 

View International Funding database

Please contact Melissa Dalgleish, Senior Grants Officer—Graduate and Postdoctoral Awards, for information on securing institutional signatures or matching funds for graduate scholarships, fellowships, and awards.  

Email Melissa

Any scholarship, fellowship, or award that will be paid through SickKids must be reviewed prior to submission by the RTC and requires the submission of a Notice of Award in myFinance. 

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Skills & Career Development

The RTC’s skills and career development programming provides research students, fellows, and staff with the skills they need in for their research careers.

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