Clinician Scientist Program-How to Apply

Application Process

Please read the following summaries first. Applications should be submitted electronically to Robert Gardin (robert.gardin@utoronto.ca). If you qualify and are interested in applying, download all documents below.

Pre-graduate and Post-graduate Stream

Application Deadlines:  Annually on April 15th or November 1st (or next business day)

Checklist:

  1. One copy of the pregraduate stream  CSP Application Form (42.5 KB)
  2. Personal statement by the candidate related to why he/she wants to engage in research training.
  3. Your Curriculum Vitae.
  4. Letter of support from an identified SUPERVISOR in the Department outlining:
    1. A proposed research project.
    2. An assessment of the candidate’s potential as a researcher.
    3. A statement of the supervisor’s commitment to supervising the resident for a half day per week in the PGY-2 to PGY-4 years and two months in the PGY-1 year.
    4. Commitment to complete biannual progress reports.
  5. An independent letter of support from an additional referee to include more information on the candidate and an assessment of candidate’s track record.

Graduate stream

Application Deadline: Annually on April 15th or November 1st (or next business day)

Checklist:

  1. One copy of the graduate stream CSP Application Form (42.5 KB)with description of proposed research (3 additional pages to be appended). Please note, if you are applying to graduate school and have completed an application package, appending your graduate school application to this form will suffice for an overview of your research project.
  2. Personal statement by the candidate related to why he/she wants to engage in research training
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Letter of support from an identified SUPERVISOR outlining:
    1. A description of the potential research project
    2. An assessment of the candidate’s potential as a researcher
    3. The supervisor’s statement of commitment to supervise the CSP resident as a graduate student.
    4. The supervisor’s commitment to writing a yearly report
      1. Please note, students are encouraged to seek the supervisor that most closely reflects their research interests. However, CSP residents who wish to receive supervision from a supervisor who is not on the approved list will be required to identify a supervisor who is on the list as the primary supervisor.” 
  5. Two additional letters of support attesting to the CSP applicant’s potential as a researcher and an evaluation of his/her academic track record.
  6. Proof of enrollment in a graduate program or of having applied to a graduate program.

Project Requirements:

 Although each proposed project will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, several guiding principles will apply in the majority of cases. These principles are intended to converge with the requirements and expectations of the faculty of medicine’s Clinician Investigator Program.

  • Projects should be data-driven. Although literature reviews are important, they are not generally sufficient for a CSP project.
  • There should be a balance of learning and opportunities such that the trainee has the opportunity to produce research outputs (e.g. publications, research presentations) while also gaining pragmatic exposure to conducting research (e.g. IRB applications, recruitment, data analysis, etc).
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