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HSRLCE Fellowships

HSRLCE prioritizes the importance of training the next generation of research leaders. We support research and education on the prevention and cure of cardiovascular diseases with our trainee funding programs. These awards aim to enrich the productive research enterprise in Toronto and beyond. We expect these trainees to become the scientific leaders of tomorrow.

Next Application Deadline: April 27, 2018 – please see the tabs on the left-hand side of the page for details.


The Heart & Stroke/Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research (HSRLCE, the Centre) offers fellowship awards to support the cardiovascular research community. The Centre’s fellowship awards are intended to support individuals who wish to pursue a research career in cardiovascular science; individuals who are still considered ‘in training’, but have completed (or are expecting to complete in the near future) a PhD, MD, BM, DVM or equivalent degree. The objective of these awards is to support a robust and productive research community in Toronto. These awards are given to those who demonstrate excellence in their previous training programs.


  1. The program is open to both Canadian citizens and fellows from abroad who wish to undertake fellowship training at the University of Toronto or one of its affiliated institutions.
  2. Applicants must be primarily supervised by a Member of the Centre. Supervisors must be members at the time of application. Each application is considered a joint submission by the applicant and the proposed supervisor. The research plan should be written in full by the student in consultation and in agreement with the supervisor.
  3. Applicants to the fellowship competition must have completed a PhD or MD degree or equivalent, or intend to have completed one of these degrees at the time of commencement of funding. Equivalence will be determined at the discretion of the evaluating committee. Documentation of degree completion will be required prior to the initiation of funding. If you have an MD and are pursuing a PhD, you must wait until your PhD studies are completed before applying for this award.
  4. Applicants MUST BE pursuing a research program. Clinical practice-based fellowships will NOT be supported. It must be documented with the application that a candidate with clinical interests will dedicate at least 75% of their time and effort to their research project(s).
  5. The applicant’s research project should be primarily in the area of the cardiovascular sciences. Relevance to cardiovascular science will be determined by the committee which evaluates all applications.
  6. Applicants must not have held a previous faculty appointment.
  7. Applicants should not have completed more than four years of post-doctoral training (PhD or MD) anywhere at the time of application (April 27, 2018). Interruptions in the applicant’s career, either during or subsequent to training, should be briefly described.
  8. Applicants to the HSRLCE fellowship program must have applied to a major funding agency (such as the HSFC or CIHR) for a 2018/2019 fellowship award prior to applying to the HSRLCE program. Proof of your application to an external agency should be included with your application.
  9. If an applicant has or is awarded a fellowship from one of these agencies, the fellow becomes ineligible for an HSRLCE award.  They must accept the external award and forfeit the HSRLCE award.
  10. Individuals wishing to undertake post-PhD training with their PhD supervisor, or in the same department in which they received their doctoral training, may be eligible for a HSRLCE fellowship. However, these candidates are advised that a change of training environment is strongly encouraged, and this factor will be considered in the scoring of the candidate’s application.
  11. Limited funds may preclude the funding of all excellent applicants. The Centre reserves the right to limit the number of awards to fellows of a single investigator. In the case of multiple applications in a single calendar year from the same laboratory, the principal investigator in the laboratory must rank the applicants to indicate priority for funding. This criteria will be applied secondarily to the criteria of excellence.



Awards will be made for a period of twelve consecutive months. There is no limit to the number of years that an applicant may compete for an award, but the individual must re-apply each year. It is expected that candidates will show good progress in their studies to be awarded an HSRLCE fellowship in successive years. Awards will commence on the later of September 1, 2018 or the start date of the awardee’s research fellowship (No later than January 1, 2019).


Awardees must be pursuing a research fellowship in cardiovascular science at the University of Toronto or one of its affiliated hospitals. They should be supervised by a researcher who holds research funds obtained through a recognized competitive peer review process.


The annual stipend for fellowship awards will be $25,000. Non-discretionary benefits are not included in the HSRLCE fellowship stipend, and are the responsibility of the fellow’s supervisor.


Applications are due on April 27, 2018 at 4:00 pm. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Funding begins — September 2018


Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. The applicant’s academic record and perceived potential as indicated in the letters of recommendation submitted with the application
  2. The research project, including significance to the field of cardiovascular science, rigor of design, and preliminary results (if applicable)
  3. The environment in which the applicant will do their research project
  4. A minor component of the evaluation will be based on other factors that the reviewers consider relevant to the potential success of the applicant’s fellowship

The review process will consist of an in-depth review of each application by two reviewers from the review committee. The review committee will consist of individuals from the Toronto cardiovascular research community, representing a cross-section of expertise. Once the in-depth individual reviews have been completed, this committee will meet as a group to discuss and finalize the individual reviews of each of the HSRLCE fellowship applications. A consensus score will be assigned to each application. Conflict of interest rules will be observed, such that any member of the review committee who supervises, co-supervises or otherwise advises a candidate will excuse themselves from the discussion of that candidate’s application. Awards will be offered to the highest ranking applicants. A pre-set level will be established, and applications ranked below this level will be ineligible to receive awards.

2018-2019 Fellowship Application-Applicant Section

2018-2019 Fellowship Application-Supervisor Section

2018-2019 Fellowship Application-Referee Section


A complete application will consist of a complete hard copy and electronic copy in PDF *format which includes:

  1. A complete HSRLCE fellowship application form including applicant and supervisor sections (References should be emailed separately by referees)
  2. Official transcript of the applicant’s academic record (last degree obtained) – unofficial web transcripts are not acceptable
    You can have the transcripts sent directly to you and you may open the envelope to scan the transcripts for inclusion in the PDF application
  3. Up to three (3) of the applicant’s publications – (do not send preprints, proofs or manuscripts in preparation)
  4. Evidence that you have applied to external awards (e.g. HSFC, CIHR)
    This can include either the signature page of your HSFC, CIHR, etc application form, or a screenshot of the confirmation page of your HSFC, CIHR, etc application
  5. Printed version of your Canadian Common CV module, in Academic CV- CIHR format
  6. Proof of Canadian licensure to practice medicine (if applicable)
  7. Statement from department head that at least 75% of the applicant’s time will be reserved for research activities (applicable to clinical fellows only)

*  All the components of the application should be combined into one PDF file.


  1. Referees’ assessments should be forwarded by the referees directly to HSRLCE by email to The referee assessment form should be filled out by two different individuals. If the candidate has completed a PhD, it is recommended that the applicant’s PhD advisor is one of the references. Your proposed supervisor cannot be a reference.
  2. Do not fold or place any part of the applications in folders or envelopes, except the entire completed application package, as required for delivery.
  3. Completion of the Canadian Common CV module, Academic CV- CIHR format, ( requires obtaining a password -which may take some time so plan ahead. Only those pages relevant to the candidate need be submitted. DO include relevant attachments, such as activities/contributions, interruptions/delays, patents and copyrights, and publications, if applicable.
  4. The section marked Progress Report should be completed by all applicants. If the applicant is entering their fellowship training in the current year, then the Progress Report should consist of the progress the applicant believes he or she has made towards establishing his or her cardiovascular research career to-date. Those who are seeking renewal of an HSRLCE fellowship should focus on the progress made in their fellowship tenure.


  • A one inch margin should surround the text on all attached pages.
  • Text must be no smaller than twelve point, or ten characters per inch.
  • No condensed formatting is allowed.


Liz Thuo
Business and Communications Manager
Heart & Stroke/Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence
University of Toronto, David Naylor Building
6 Queens Park Crescent West, Room 303
Toronto, ON M5S 3H2
Phone: (416) 978-2351



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