Department of Psychiatry

Award Announcement: Buddhist Education Foundation of Canada Fellowship in Buddhism and Psychiatry

Appendix A – Award Announcement

Award Overview:

Application Deadline:                       May 15, 2016

Where to apply:                                 The Department of Psychiatry     

Value/Duration:                                $50,000, July 1st, 2016 – June 30th, 2017

Level of study:                                   Completion of Psychiatry Residency

Required Legal Status:                     Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident


The Buddhist Education Foundation of Canada Fellowship in Buddhism and Psychiatry will foster the study of Buddhism, including its sociocultural history, teachings and philosophy, and traditions and practices, and its application in the mental health field, especially in psychiatry. This work is expected to contribute to the advancement of holistic mental health care, bridging across biological, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual domains. This can include but not restricted to the exploration of alignment between mindfulness-based psychological approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and the common tenets and practices of Buddhism. The Fellowship will provide an award of $50,000 for a Canadian graduate from a psychiatry residency program to conduct academic study and research in this area within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.


In order to be eligible the applicant must be:

  • A graduate of a recognized psychiatry residency program
  • Willing to conduct academic study and research in Buddhism and its application in psychiatry at the University of Toronto
  • Willing to audit two half courses in Buddhist Studies with any associated fees waived by Emmanuel College
  • Willing to be co-supervised by a lead from the Department of Psychiatry/Asian Initiative in Mental Health, University Health Network and the Shi Wu De Professor in Chinese Buddhist Studies at Emmanuel College
  • Willing to write a reflective essay or an academic paper by completion of the fellowship
  • Willing to deliver one oral/poster presentation on learnings at an academic conference, one presentation at a community event, and one presentation at Emmanuel College
  • Willing to complete a one-page progress report at 6 months and a one-page final report at the completion of the 1- year fellowship
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident in Canada

Selection Criteria:

The fellow will be selected based on their ability to represent and advance collaboration in the area of Psychiatry and Buddhism; their record of academic achievement, and the ability to demonstrate their promise in their field. The selection process will also take into account the candidates’ desire to broaden their knowledge regarding the alignment between psychiatry and Buddhism.

All short‐listed applicants will be interviewed by a selection committee as part of the selection process.

Application Process:

All applicants must complete the official application form available at

Completed applications will include the following:

  • Completed and signed application form
  • CV
  • Transcripts from all attended universities
  • Two (2) Letters of Reference from the Director of a residency program, or other graduate training program


All applicants will be notified of the results of the competition in May 2016..

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