BBDC-University Health Network Graduate Awards 2021/2022

Eligibility:

  • The applicant must be enrolled in a full-time master’s (MSc, MPH, etc.) or doctoral (PhD) degree program in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine or the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto by August 31, 2021.
  • 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, 2021.
  • PhD 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, 2021.
  • PhD (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, 2021.  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 be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident of Canada, or Protected Person and must also be a Resident of Ontario at the time of application submission.
  • The student must demonstrate financial need (please refer to the OSOTF Financial Needs Assessment Form for further information).
  • Students who have received BBDC studentships in the past may submit an application for this year’s competition.
  • A supervisor may submit a maximum of 2 applications.

Relevance to Diabetes:

This funding program supports original research on the physiology and pathophysiology of diabetes that would be published in a diabetes-focused journal. Research proposals can include any aspect of laboratory, animal, or human research. Areas of research which are considered relevant to diabetes include the pathogenesis of diabetes and its complications, normal and pathological pancreatic islet function and intermediary metabolism, pharmacological mechanisms of drug and hormone action, and biochemical and molecular aspects of normal and abnormal biological processes.

Stipend and Duration:

The value of the award is $21,000 for three consecutive sessions (i.e. one year) commencing September 1, 2021 or $14,000 for two consecutive sessions commencing September 1, 2021.

The BBDC will not fund master’s 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, 2021:

  • Master’s students who commenced a graduate program in May 2020
  • Direct entry PhD students who commenced a graduate program in May 2019
  • PhD transfer students who commenced a graduate program in May 2018

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 $30,459 for master’s students, $32,970 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 $20,306 for master’s students or $21,980 for PhD students (or less if mandated by the regulations of an external funding agency).

Master’s students who are applying to transfer to a PhD program will be eligible to receive the higher PhD stipend if they successfully transfer by August 31, 2021. The transfer student must inform the BBDC by August 31 in order to receive the PhD stipend.

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.

Evaluation Criteria:

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

Application Procedure:

Submit a completed application form, OSOTF Financial Needs Assessment Form and requested documents to the BBDC by the deadline date. See the application form for complete instructions.

Download the 2021/2022 BBDC Graduate Studentship application form (PDF)

Download the OSOTF Financial Needs Assessment Form (PDF)

Application Deadline:

Applications and reference letters must be received by 4 p.m., April 6, 2021.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Notification:

All applicants will be notified by July 2021. Funding decisions will also be posted on this website.

Other Terms:

  • 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 2022.

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.

Inquiries:

Rose LaBarbera
Phone: (416) 978-4656
E-mail: diabetes.bbdc@utoronto.ca