Info and Events
Thursday Oncology Training Seminars (TOTS)

Thursday seminars are part of ONCO 510, and are an important part of interdisciplinary training for IOP students.  You will benefit from presenting in this series and also from attending the seminars given by other trainees. Asking questions of the presenter is also part of this experience Ė see ONCO 510 for more details.

It is compulsary for IOP students to attend the Thursday Seminar Series throughout their time as a graduate student.  The series are currently called Knowledge Translation Series and are held every Thursday from 9am-10am in the Lecture Hall, first floor, BCCRC.

Travel Award


Every student in IOP receives a travel award of $2500.  It is awarded once while you are in your Masters and once in your PhD. (students who transfer to PhD can use one travel award while an MSc student, and one after becoming a PhD candidate).   Please submit your application to program coordinator, Sharon Ruschkowski. 


Your Application Package should include:


1.    A statement of how the meeting will benefit your research (200 words)

2.    Indicate whether you will be giving an oral or a poster presentation

3.    Your submitted abstract

4.    Your CV

5.    A budget for your trip. Where will additional money be coming from if required?

6.    Letter of recommendation from your supervisor


For MSc and PhD students to travel to undertake the most advanced possible research in their field, or to travel to translate or learn how to translate oncology research findings. 

Normally $2000-$10,000 (not including matching funds), and can be applied for and held at any time of the year, for a duration up to six months (larger awards may be considered if justified)  Awarded one time only. 

Normally the student and supervisor must also provide a 1:1 funding match

Support will be provided for travel, short term housing and potentially research costs where applicable. (ask for more details on allowable and non-allowable expenses) 

Proposals may include, but are not limited to:
Specialty technical and educational courses
Four to six months research in another Investigatorís lab
Volunteer or Co-op experience with clinical units, public health organizations, non-government organizations, etc.
Training in a non-academic (industry, regulatory, government) research lab
Travel to translate research findings

IOP encourages proposals that will enhance and broaden student training, including training that will enable the pursuit of non-academic science-related careers after graduate studies are complete

The award should not cause a delay in graduation date and should potentially accelerate completion

Application will include:
A description (4000 characters max.) of the training opportunity and research. This must emphasize how the training will extend beyond what the student could achieve with the resources already available to IOP students. 
The studentís current graduate transcript
The studentís CV
A signed letter from the graduate supervisor indicating:
Level of performance of the student in his/her project
Commitment to the project
Reason why the proposed travel research cannot be done in the supervisorís lab
A budget summary in tabular format including sources and amounts of matching funds
A detailed budget narrative (6000 characters including spaces) with estimated costs and description of matching funds

Ask the program coordinator, Sharon Ruschkowski for more complete details if you are interested.


Four Year Fellowships

Applications will be due at the end of April of each year.
Your application should include the following:
- your CV
- copies of all academic transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)
- 1-page scientific summary of your research
- 2 letters of reference
For more information see:

New University Doctoral Fellowship (UDF) for International Ph.D. students Ė due Jan 16, 2017

Application procedure for international PhD applicants for Jan, May or Sept 2017, as well as fast-track/transfer from Masterís to Phd program:
  1. Let program coordinator know the name of the student who wishes to apply.
  2. Complete the UDF application form on above website.
  3. Provide two references (scanned either as the UDF reference or free-form) and email to: For new applicants to program, references can be obtained from application website.
  4. For fast-track applicants Ė check to see if program coordinator has set of your transcripts. For new applicants, transcripts can be obtained from application website.
  5. Deadline for program coordinator to receive application materials is
    Jan 16, 2017 at 4 pm.

CIHR Studentships

The CIHR Studentship applications are due in the fall of each year.  Since procedures may change slightly from year to year, please check the CIHR website carefully for deadlines and information.  Please note that each university has a quota for the number of students that can be put forward. Applications go to the graduate program, then to the Faculty, and then to the University. Deadlines for the IOP to receive your application will precede the CIHRís deadlines. IOP will inform students of the internal deadline each year.



CIHR CGS-Master's Awards

Quick Facts

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) provides financial support to outstanding students pursuing master's or doctoral studies in health sciences.

Annual Value: 
$17,500 to $35,000
Award Status: 


Complete eligibility criteria are available on the CIHR website.

Potential applicants should also be sure that they are submitting their application to the most appropriate of the three federal funding agencies (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC).  If applicants are unsure whether they should submit their application to CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC, they should send a half-page summary of their intended research proposal to one of the agencies and ask the agency to confirm in writing (including by e-mail) if they are eligible to apply to that agency. Applicants are advised to err on the side of caution, and ask the funding agency for an assessment rather than guess or assume incorrectly.

Permanent Resident
Degree Level: 
Degree Level: 
Applicant Status: 
Incoming Students
Applicant Status: 
Continuing Students

Evaluation Criteria

Complete evaluation criteria are available on the CIHR website.


Application Procedures: 

CIHR administers several funding opportunities for graduate students. 

CIHR Doctoral Awards and Fellowships

Applications for Doctoral Research Awards and for Fellowships are submitted directly to CIHR. There is no university-level adjudication for these awards, though the on-line submission is done by the Office of Research Services. For more information about signatures and internal UBC deadlines, please see the Office of Research Services website.

CIHR CGS-Master's Awards

The CGS-Master's programs for CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC are harmonized:

  • the online application system is expected to be available by mid-September
  • applicants will submit a single online application, and can choose to have their application considered by up to five universities
  • applicants will upload their transcripts to the online application
  • the deadline for applicants to submit their application online will most likely be December 1
  • for further details, see:
Nomination Procedures: 

The CGS-Master's programs for CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC are in the midst of a harmonization process.  Some key points that have been confirmed:

  • the deadline for applicants to submit their application online will be December 1, 2013
  • applications will be forwarded to graduate programs for review and ranking in early December 2013
  • the deadline by which graduate programs are to submit their top-ranked applicants (and the quota for those submissions) is currently under discussion
  • further details are available on the Tri-Agency harmonization website
Adjudication Procedures: 

Applications for Masterís funding are first reviewed and ranked by the applicant's UBC graduate program. The graduate program forwards its top-ranked applicants to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, which oversees a university-wide adjudication of all nominated applications. Adjudication committees composed of UBC faculty members review and rank nominated applications and select which applications will be offered CIHR CGSM awards. The first round of award offers will be made on April 1..

Further Information

For further information, please consult the CIHR website.


Affiliated Awards


MSFHR Studentships


The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) did not offer studentships in 2012 (just Post-doctoral Fellowships). Since their competitions may vary year to year, it is prudent to check their website each year for new opportunities.


MSFHR website 


Vanier Awards