Weston Brain Institute International Fellowships 2017

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*The deadline for submitting applications to the International Fellowships in Neuroscience 2017 program has now passed.*

The Weston Brain Institute International Fellowships will benefit Canada and Canadians by developing leading neuroscientists, enhancing our international reputation for academic excellence and collaboration and bringing enhanced research capabilities back to Canada in the field of neuroscience. The Fellowship is a funding opportunity ($60,000 per year per student) open to University of Toronto (U of T) PhD students to travel to and work in world-renowned labs to further their translational research on neurodegenerative diseases of aging. The goal of this program is to provide U of T graduate students with support to advance their translational research on neurodegenerative diseases of aging abroad in world-renowned labs and research universities.


Funding and Eligibility

This program provides $60,000 per year per student.

In order to be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be willing to conduct translational research on aspects of neurodegenerative disease(s) of aging while studying abroad in a world class laboratory for up to one year beginning in the 2017–2018 school year.
    • For the Institute’s definition of translational research and the neurodegeneration diseases of aging considered in scope, please refer here.
  • Be registered as a full‐time PhD student at U of T.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in Canada.

Students will be selected based on their ability to represent and advance Canada’s international reputation for academic excellence and collaboration in the field of neuroscience; the impact their research will have on Canada and Canadians and the anticipated outcomes; their distinguished record of academic achievement; the ability to demonstrate their promise as a top-tier researchers, people leadership, and future leaders of their respective fields and the quality of the host labs. The lab should be among the world leaders in the students’ proposed research area. If a proposed host supervisor is not in the field of translational research for neurodegenerative diseases of aging, the applicant should consider working with a co-supervisor in the field.


Important Dates

Application Opens: November 1, 2016
Application Deadline: March 1, 2017
Interviews: April 6, 2017
Award Announcement: April 2017*

*Date may be subject to change.


Application Process

Applicants must complete the official application form available from the University of Toronto GLSE website here.

Completed applications will include the following:

  • Completed and signed application form
    • Includes a description of the research project to be conducted abroad and why you should be selected for this fellowship
  • CV
  • Transcripts from all attended universities (certified photocopies permitted)
  • Letter of support from current supervisor
  • Letter of support from receiving/hosting institution

Submit the application package as one PDF document in the above order to: westonbrain.fellowship@utoronto.ca

Once an application has been submitted, you will be contacted directly should you be invited for an interview.


Any questions regarding the International Fellowships program can be directed to Rachel Reeve at the Weston Brain Institute by email (Rachel.Reeve@Weston.ca) or by phone at 416-965-5656.