Brain Tumour Research Fellowship Guidelines

Applications Open! Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2021 Brain Tumour Research Fellowship program. Download the application (MS Word) and read all details and guidelines (PDF) below.

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Applications - Brain Tumour Research Fellowships

A Brain Tumour Research Fellowship encourages and enables young clinicians and scientists in Canada to enter the field of brain tumour research and will accelerate studies leading to a cure for brain tumours. Fellowships are funded by the generosity of donors.

Brain Tumour Research Fellowship Guidelines

These guidelines are designed to facilitate the awarding and completion of a Brain Tumour Research Fellowship. You can download these guidelines as a pdf and see answers to frequently asked questions.

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to reaching every Canadian affected by a brain tumour through support, education, information, and research.

Fellowships are offered to accelerate our vision to find the cause of and cure for brain tumours while improving the quality of life for those affected and in recognition of the critical need for increased focus on brain tumour research.

A Brain Tumour Research Fellowship encourages and enables young clinicians and scientists to enter the field of brain tumour research and will accelerate studies leading to a cure for brain tumours. 

Types of Research Funded

Applications will be considered for Basic, Clinical or Translational Research and all research focuses will be given serious consideration, including pediatric brain tumours. Research types are defined, for the purposes of this context, below:

Basic Research: In this context, ‘Basic’ research involves the development of new concepts (i.e.) signaling pathways using an in vitro model.  Basic science research is meant to increase our scientific knowledge base, with the intent of bettering our understanding of the cause and progression of brain tumours.

Clinical Research: This includes treatment trials, epidemiological studies, quality of life studies, outcomes, health services research or other patient-oriented research. The process of clinical research must protect personal data.

Translational Research: In this context, ‘Translational’ is defined as pre-clinical research evaluating the therapeutic potential of recent discoveries in the basic mechanisms of either brain tumour pathogenesis or experimental therapeutics.  

Funding Details

Funding includes:

  • A $100,000, two-year Canadian fellowship award: $50,000 a year: $45,000 salary + $5,000 lab expenses/travel.

Conditions for support include:

  • Funds received as part of this award may not be used towards payment of any indirect expenses accrued. Following the completion of the first term, the fellowship recipient will be subject to a review verifying that the funds designated for the second term will be spent towards the same project, and in the manner previously agreed upon, for which the successful applicant was originally granted funding
  • At the conclusion of the Fellowship, the fellow agrees to prepare and deliver a presentation at an appropriate Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada event, to be later determined
  • Travel expenses are considered part of the discretionary allowance
  • Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada must be acknowledged for its financial support to the fellow during the tenure of the award. This acknowledgement must be included in any media releases, publications, abstracts, podium or poster presentations generated by the fellow during the tenure of the award. Please contact us if you need a copy of our logo to use on posters and in presentations to acknowledge our support
  • Fellows are to provide a progress report at the end of the first year and a final report at the end of the term of the award
  • The midterm report should include
    • Financial statement
    • Brief update on the progress of the project and estimated completion time
    • Bibliography of any publications, poster and podium presentations or abstracts related to your project thus far (if applicable). Where possible, please submit copies of publications and presentations to us as well
  • The final report should include:
    • Financial statement
    • Lay summary of the outcomes of your research, including what the findings mean to brain tumour patients
    • Bibliography (and copies where possible) of any publications, poster and podium presentations or abstracts (these can be submitted after the completion of your project)
    • Future career ambitions.

Eligibility Details

  1. An MD has a five year window of opportunity. The candidate will be within two years of residency completion or will be within three years of post-residency training. If residency program mandates research work earlier, indicate on the application, question #3. 
  2. A PhD has a three-year window of opportunity. An eligible candidate will have his/her doctorate and will have no more than three years postdoctoral laboratory experience. If dissertation has not been defended at the time of application, a letter or email from the graduate program Training Director is required, confirming that the doctoral degree will be awarded before the start of fellowship.

Selection Criteria

  1. Qualifications of applicant
  2. Quality of the research proposal
  3. Ability of proposed laboratory or institution to conduct the project

Location Criteria

Funds will be granted across Canada for projects to be performed in Canada.

Application Deadline

Fellowship applications must be received by 4:30 pm EST on August 23, 2019. The selection process and approval will take place shortly after and the Fellowship will be communicated to all applicants by December 2019.

Please mail the original along with 10 copies of the completed fellowship application to the address below. Please also submit one electronic copy of the application via pdf to

Research Committee, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
205 Horton St E, Suite 203
London, ON N6B 1K7
Re: 2019 - 2021 Brain Tumour Research Fellowship Application

Phone: 1-800-265-5106 or 519-642-7755 ext. 240

Still have questions? Please see answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

You must advise Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada promptly should you decide to withdraw your application for any reason.

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