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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 28, 2017

Description

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.

PLEASE WELCOME US IN CONGRATULATING OUR 2016-2017 FELLOWSHIP AWARD WINNERS

Guillaume Bastin, Scott Heximer’s lab at the University of Toronto
Muhammad Ahsan Siraj, Mansoor Husain’s lab at the Toronto General Research Institute

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  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.
  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 anywhere at the time of application (April 28, 2017). 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 2017/2018 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.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF AWARDS

DURATION OF SUPPORT:

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, 2017 or the start date of the awardee’s research fellowship (No later than January 1, 2018).

LOCATION OF TENURE:

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.

STIPENDS:

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.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Applications are due on April 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Funding begins — September 2017

EVALUATION CRITERIA

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.

2017-2018 Fellowship Application-Applicant Section

2017-2018 Fellowship Application-Supervisor Section

2017-2018 Fellowship Application-Referee Section

APPLICATION DETAILS

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 in PDF format 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 https://ccv-cvc.ca/
  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.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION:

  1. Referees’ assessments should be forwarded by the referees directly to HSRLCE by email to hsrl.centre@utoronto.ca. 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.
  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, (https://ccv-cvc.ca/) 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.

ALL ATTACHED PAGES MUST CONFORM TO THE FOLLOWING FORMAT RESTRICTIONS:

  • 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.

APPLICATION SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO:

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
Email: hsrl.centre@utoronto.ca

PAST HSRLCE FELLOWSHIP AWARD WINNERS

2016-2017

Guillaume Bastin, Supervisor: Scott Heximer
Muhammad Ahsan Siraj, Supervisor: Mansoor Husain

2015-2016

Helena Petrosova, Supervisor: Tara Moriaty
Anastasiia Aleksandrova, Supervisor: Ian Scott
Allen Teng, Supervisor: Anthony Gramolini
Sri Nagarjun Batchu, Supervisors: Andrew Advani and Kim Conelly

2014-2015

Anastasiia Aleksandrova, Supervisor: Ian Scott
Gabriela Ghisi, Supervisor: Sherry Grace
Jeffrey Kroetsch, Supervisor: Steffen-Sebastian Bolz
Sachin Nayyar, Supervisor: Vijay Chauhan

2013-2014

Dang Lan, Supervisor: Jason Fish
Ya-Chi Huang, Supervisor: Zhong-Ping Feng
Zachary Laksman, Supervisor: Peter Backx
Guillaume Bastin, Supervisor: Scott Heximer
Andrew Ramadeen, Supervisor: Nanthakumar

2012-2013

Matthew Doyle, Supervisor: Craig Simmons
Andrew Lau, Supervisor: Myron Cybulsky
Allen Teng, Supervisor: Anthony Gramolini

2011-2012

Andrew Lau, Supervisor: Myron Cybulsky
Xin Lou, Supervisor: Ian Scott
Philip Millar, Supervisor: John Floras
Kotaro Naito, Supervisor: Peter Liu
Brian Panama, Supervisor: Peter Backx

2010-2011

Nicolas Bousette, Supervisor: Anthony Gramolini
Brian Panama, Supervisor: Peter Backx
Huajin Wong, Supervisor: Khoshrow Adeli
Sanja Beca, Supervisor: Peter Backx
Nana Bit- Avragim, Supervisor: Ian Scott

2009-2010

Sanja Beca, Supervisor: Peter Backx
Xin Lou, Supervisor: Ian Scott
Sarah Steinbach, Supervisor: Mansoor Husain

2008-2009

Masayoshi Ishida, Supervisor: Mansoor Husain
Lisa Muiznieks, Supervisor: Fred Keeley

TACTICS Fellowships

Xiaoxia Wang, Supervisor: Peter Liu
Mohammed Ali Azam, Supervisor: Mansoor Husain
Masayoshi Ishida, Supervisor: Mansoor Husain
Paul Gideon, Supervisor: Jack Tu

2007-2008

Xi-Peng Huang, Supervisor: Richard Weisel
Karthakayan Umpathy, Supervisor: Kumaraswamy Nanthakumar
Chia-Hui Wang

TACTICS Fellowships

Yasser Abdellatif, Supervisor: Naranjan Dhalla
Phyllis Billia, Supervisor: Rudiger von Harsdorf
Peter Helli, Supervisor: Peter Backx
Ana Kilic, Supervisor: Morris Karmazyn
Hongliang Li, Supervisor: Peter Liu
Maral Ouzonain, Supervisor: Peter Liu
Praphulla Shukla, Supervisor: Subodh Verma
Robert Rose, Supervisor: Peter Backx

2006-2007

Ronen Jaffe, Supervisor: Bradley Strauss
Ilka Lorenzen-Schmidt, Supervisor: Peter Backx
Katherine Lu, Supervisor: Michelle Bendeck

TACTICS Fellowships

Yu Chen, Supervisor: Earl Noble
Kim Connelly, Supervisor: Richard Gilbert
Ilka Lorenzen-Schmidt, Supervisor: Peter Backx
Yuichiro Maekawa, Supervisor: PeterLiu
Lucie Sedova, Supervisor: Pavel Hamet

2005-2006

Rasoul Alikhani-Koopaei, Supervisor: David MacLennan
Thierry Charron, Supervisor: Bradley Strauss
Malar Pannirselvam, Supervisor: Peter Backx
Hong Yang, Supervisor: Neyu Ni

TACTICS Fellowships

Zam Kassiri, Supervisor: Rama Khokha
Malar Pannirselvam, Supervisor: Peter Backx
Danny Ramzy, Supervisor: Richard Weisel
Yu Shi, Supervisor: Peter Liu

2004-2005

Yael Babichev, Supervisor: Dan Dumont
Mehran Haidari, Supervisor: Myron Cybulsky
Wen-Jye Lin
Maria Giovanna Trivieri, Supervisor: Peter Backx

TACTICS Fellowships

Judit Barta, Supervisor Naranjan Dhalla
Nanling Gong, Supervisor: Peter Backx
Benoit Gilles Kerfant, Supervisor: Peter Backx
Nellam Khaper, Supervisor: Peter Liu
Douglas Lee, Supervisor: Peter Liu
Michael Lekas, Supervisor: Duncan Stewart
Tami Martino, Supervisor: Michael Sole
Sarah McCarter, Supervisor: Duncan Stewart
Maria Giovanna Trivieri, Supervisor: Peter Backx

2003-2004

Yael Babichev, Supervisor: Dan Dumont
Benoit Gilles Kerfant, Supervisor: Peter Backx
Mouraad Topors, Supervisor: Michelle Letarte
Maria Giovanna Trivieri, Supervisor: Peter Backx

TACTICS Fellowships

Nimesh Desai, Supervisor: Stephen Fremes
Shafie Fazel, Supervisor: Ren-Ke Li
Koichi Fuse, Supervisor: Peter Liu
Veena Guru, Supervisor: Stephen Fremes
Candace Lee, Supervisor: Naranjan Dhalla
Min Nian, Supervisor: Peter Liu
Gavin Oudit, Supervisor: Peter Backx
Sawsan Sader, Supervisor: Peter Liu
Ondrej Seda, Supervisor: Pavel Hamet

2002-2003

Gholam Kiani, Supervisor: Ren-Ke Li
Pu Liao, Supervisor: Peter Liu
Hui Sun, Supervisor: Peter Backx
Min Nian, Supervisor: Peter Liu
Jack Wallen, Supervisor: Carin Wittnich

2001-2002

Asim Cheema, Supervisor: Bradley Strauss
Hwee Teoh, Supervisor: Michael Ward

2000-2001

Talat Afroze, Supervisor: Mansoor Husain
Cathy Bascarino, Supervisor: Carin Wittnich
Rafael Ramirez, Supervisor: Peter Backx

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