Banting & Best Diabetes Centre-University Health Network Graduate Awards 2018-2019
The applicant must be enrolled in a full-time master’s (MSc) or doctoral (PhD) degree program in the Faculty of Medicine or the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto by August 31, 2018.
Master’s Students: Applicants must be completing between zero and 12 months of full-time studies in a master’s program as of April 30, 2018.
Ph.D. Students (Direct Entry): Applicants must be completing between zero and 24 months of full-time studies in a direct entry doctoral program as of April 30, 2018.
Ph.D. (Transfer) Students: Applicants who have transferred from a previous full-time master’s program must be completing no more than 36 months of full-time graduate studies as of April 30, 2018. This includes time spent in the master’s program.
To be eligible, the student must be carrying out studies in diabetes research.
The research must be carried out at the University of Toronto or one of its fully affiliated institutions.
The student's primary supervisor must hold a faculty appointment with the University of Toronto at the level of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor.
The student's primary supervisor must also be a registered member* of the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre at the time of application submission. (*Faculty who are new to the field of diabetes research and are not members of the BBDC can request free membership by contacting the Centre prior to submitting an application. For more information, please see the Membership section of this website.)
To be eligible to receive this funding, the student’s primary supervisor must also hold a full-time UHN appointment as an active staff physician, or if he/she holds an associate staff position or staff scientist position the supervisor's principal laboratory or clinical research space must be physically located at the UHN.
The student must demonstrate financial need and must be either a Canadian citizen or have Permanent Residence status in Ontario by August 31, 2018. If the student is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident at the time of application submission, proof must be supplied before funding will be initiated.
Students who have received BBDC studentships in the past may submit an application for this year's competition.
IMPORTANT: The BBDC will not fund students who do not apply for other funding between September 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018. Students must apply for at least one award which is valued at $15,000 or greater such as OGS, CIHR, NSERC, QEII-GSST, Diabetes Canada, Heart & Stroke Canada, etc. Exceptions may be made for students who will be commencing their first year of graduate studies in September 2018.
A supervisor may submit a maximum of 2 applications.
Stipend and Duration:
The value of the award is $21,000 for three consecutive sessions (i.e. one year) commencing September 1, 2018 or $14,000 for two consecutive sessions commencing September 1, 2018.
The BBDC will not fund MSc students beyond their second year of studies, direct entry PhD students beyond their third year of studies, and PhD transfer students beyond their fourth year of studies including time spent in the master’s program. Therefore, the following successful applicants may only accept a maximum of $14,000 for two consecutive sessions commencing September 1, 2018:
MSc students who commenced a graduate program in May 2017
Direct entry PhD students who commenced a graduate program in May 2016
PhD transfer students who commenced a graduate program in May 2015
Students must accept external funding if awarded. If the student is accepting funding for three sessions, the BBDC will top up external awards up to the base funding level set by the Faculty of Medicine graduate department (currently $27,116 for MSc students, $29,187 for PhD students) or less if mandated by the regulations of the external funding agency. If the student is accepting funding for two sessions, the BBDC will top up external awards up to a combined award total of $18,077 for MSc students or $19,458 for PhD students (or less if mandated by the regulations of an external funding agency).
MSc students who are applying to transfer to a PhD program will be eligible to receive the higher PhD top-up if they successfully transfer by August 31, 2018. The transfer student must inform the BBDC by August 31 in order to receive the PhD top-up.
Students who accept funding for three sessions will be paid in three equal installments payable in September, January and May. Students who accept funding for two sessions will be paid in two equal installments payable in September and January. The student must be registered as a full-time graduate student for each session in order to receive the installments. Outstanding student fees may be deducted from the January and May installments.
Applications are reviewed by the BBDC Training and Research Excellence Committee and will be evaluated on the following criteria:
The research project, including direct relevance of the work to diabetes
Achievements of the student (i.e. grades, accomplishments, awards, and publications)
Perceived potential of the student as indicated by letter of recommendation submitted with the application
The research training environment
A minor component of the evaluation may be based on any other factors that the reviewers consider relevant to this competition
Submit a completed application form and requested attachments to the BBDC by the deadline date. See the application form for complete instructions.
Applications and reference letters must be received by 5 p.m., March 27, 2018. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
All applicants will be notified by July 2018. Funding decisions will also be posted on this website.
In cases in which a graduate award recipient requests a subsequent change in supervisor and/or change in the research project, the BBDC must be notified as the awarding of the studentship may need to be reconsidered by the review committee.
Graduate award recipients who withdraw, transfer to part-time status, or complete degree requirements prior to the end of their award will be required to repay a portion of the funds received for the incomplete session.
All BBDC-UHN Graduate Award recipients are required to present a poster of their work at the BBDC’s Annual Scientific Day to be held in May 2019.
Acknowledgement of Support:
Graduate award recipients must acknowledge support from the “Banting & Best Diabetes Centre-University Health Network Graduate Award” in publications, presentations and communications arising from the supported research. Failure to acknowledge this support will result in future ineligibility of both the student and supervisor for BBDC funding programs.
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