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2017–2018 Weston Brain Institute International Fellowships in Neuroscience


Wednesday, March 1, 2017 11:59 pm - Wednesday, March 1, 2017 11:59 pm


See application details below.


The Weston Brain Institute International Fellowships in Neuroscience will benefit Canada and Canadians by developing leading neuroscientists and enhancing our international competitiveness in the knowledge economy. The Fellowship will provide an award of $60,000 for each selected student (prorated as needed) for up to 3 Canadian graduate students from the University of Toronto conducting translational research in neurodegenerative diseases of aging. This award will enable outstanding students to travel to and work in world-renowned labs to further their research. The goal is to build international collaborations, foster influential neuroscience research and bring enhanced research capabilities back to Canada.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017
Where to apply: Office of Graduate and Life Sciences Education
Value/Duration: $60,000 per year
Level of study: Neuroscience Doctoral Candidates study abroad
Required Legal Status: Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident


In order to be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be willing to conduct translational research on 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.
  • Translational research is defined to be applied research towards developing therapeutics for the prevention and/or treatment of human disease.
  • Be registered as a full‐time PhD student at U of T.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in Canada.

Selection Criteria:

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 and anticipated outcomes will have on Canada and Canadians; their distinguished record of academic achievement; the ability to demonstrate their promise as top‐tier researchers 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).

The selection process will also take into account the candidates’ leadership ability. This can be demonstrated through activities outside the lab, including academic or community participation.

Applicants may wish to consider study at elite institutions in the UK, such University College London, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, or King’s College London. If candidates are applying with a host lab not focused on translational research for neurodegenerative diseases of aging, they are encouraged to seek a co-supervisor in the field.

All short‐listed applicants will be interviewed by a selection committee and Weston Brain Institute representative(s) as part of the selection process.

Application Process:

All applicants must complete the official application form available at http://glse.utoronto.ca/
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

PDF icon2017-18 Weston Fellowship application_fillable.pdf

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

All applicants will be notified of the results of the competition in April 2017.

Contact Info:
If you have questions or require additional assistance, please contact us at: westonbrain.fellowship@utoronto.ca