Application Deadline

May 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).

If application dates fall on a weekend or holiday, submission is due the next business day.

Applications are now being accepted.


Submit a completed Application Form.

Recruiting STAGE Mentors

Candidates are responsible for selecting, contacting, and securing the commitment of a primary and two other mentors to jointly supervise them in a STAGE collaborative transdisciplinary research project.

The primary mentor must be willing to provide, in writing, their commitment to supervise and to guide the research work of the candidate on a STAGE-related project. Although candidates must secure the primary mentor’s commitment at the application stage, obtaining a primary mentor’s commitment does not guarantee admission to STAGE.

Mentorship Panel Guidelines

Your mentorship panel must include three mentors from each of the program’s three main disciplines of genetic epidemiology research (see Mentors by Discipline), where at least one mentor belongs to subsections 1.1 and/or 2.1.

Required Materials/Documents

Candidates must assemble all of the following documents and upload* them to the application form.

Only the primary mentor’s letter is to be completed and submitted online by the mentor. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that their application is complete and submitted online by the competition deadline.

*Candidates do not need to send in hard copies of their supporting documents.

Only PDF files accepted, maximum size is 2MB per file.

1. Summary of Proposed Research ProjectLength: one letter-size page. 2.54 cm (1 inch) margin around the page. 12-point Times New Roman, black font. Single-spaced. No condensed type or spacing. Single PDF file.

Content. Using the following headings, describe the proposed research in enough detail to allow informed assessment by the admissions committee members. This summary should be written in general scientific language.

Proposed research background. Present, concisely, your project’s general objective and its specific aims. Include the scientific background, significance, originality, and anticipated contribution to the knowledge of the project; in other words, state what is the research problem, why this is an important research question, and why you are undertaking this project to address it.

Methodology. Describe and justify, for each of your project’s specific aims, your choice of specific instruments, strategies, key activities, expected outcomes, and timelines, including, for example, methodological approaches and procedures for data collection. For a statistical research project, for example, provide an outline of the proposed theoretical and computational approaches and any specific techniques required to develop and evaluate proposed new analytic methods, including critical features in the design of simulation studies and in the application of the methods to available or anticipated study data. In other words, state why your proposed methodology is ideal to achieve each of your project’s specific aims.

Candidate. Describe your role in the project and how it will prepare you for career goals in the fields of genetic epidemiology or statistical genetics. Explain the relationship and relevance of the proposed research to your long-term research goals. Describe how the proposed project relates to experiences and insights gained from earlier research experience.
2. Inter- and cross-disciplinary nature of proposed research projectLength: half letter-size page. 2.54 cm (1 inch) margin around the page. 12-point Times New Roman, black font. Single-spaced. No condensed type or spacing. Single PDF file.

Describe the Inter- and cross-disciplinary features of your proposed research project and/or STAGE training, i.e. how will your research program incorporate inter- and cross-disciplinary research in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology, Statistical Genetics and Genomics, and Bio-Medical Genetics? Be as specific as possible.
3. PDF of Up-to-date Canadian Common CV (CIHR, Biosketch)Single PDF file.

To generate the required Biosketch CV you will need to register with the Common CV Network and request a CIHR PIN. PIN requests are processed during regular business hours (7:00 am to 5:00 pm) Monday to Friday. One working day is typically required to process PIN requests. However, longer processing times may be required during peak periods of operation. We strongly recommend if you are unfamiliar with the Canadian Common CV that you read the instructions posted here.
4. Letter from the Primary STAGE MentorA brief letter from the candidate's Primary STAGE Mentor supporting the candidate's application and agreeing to supervise and to work with the candidate on the proposed research project. A link will be emailed to the Primary Mentor from the on-line application portal.
5. Graduate and/or undergraduate transcripts, as requiredElectronic copies for all transcripts are acceptable. Single PDF file.

PhD Students
Undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

Postdoctoral Fellows
Graduate transcripts.
6. Supplementary InformationPostdoctoral Fellows Only
Length: Up to one letter-size page. 2.54 cm (1 inch) margin around the page. 12-point Times New Roman, black font. Single-spaced. No condensed type or spacing. Single PDF file.

STAGE has a significant focus on quantitative skills, thus postdoctoral applicants from disciplines not listed in this table (see Item F.), or whose research or scholarship deviates from the program’s research themes, must submit, as part of their application, a compelling description of their capabilities, substantiated by experience, and documented by examples of their work.

Acknowledgment of Receipt

Upon receipt of the application, an acknowledgment of receipt will be emailed to the applicant.

Application Calendar

Application Session: May 1, 2020
Time (duration) for evaluation of applications: around one month from the deadline
Candidates and their primary mentors are notified (by email) of the decision: week of June 15 2020
Release of final results: week of June 22 2020*
*NB: Only candidates who accept the offer will be posted on the CANSSI Ontario and STAGE websites.

Application Results

Applications will be evaluated by the STAGE admissions panel, which will then decide on admission to the program and whether research allowances or other types of support will be awarded.

The panel typically reviews applications within 3-4 weeks from the application deadline. Funding decisions will be disclosed to each candidate and their corresponding primary mentor by email. The names of successful candidates will be subsequently and publicly announced on the STAGE website.