CIHR STAGE will offer admission to suitable applicants at the following stages of their education or career:

  • Full-time Master’s or Doctoral students enrolled in graduate programs in the Divisions of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and in the Department of Statistics at the University of Toronto
  • Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Visiting Faculty
  • NEW! Effective June 2014, CIHR STAGE will accept applications from exceptional full-time PhD students enrolled in relevant biomedical programs at U of T, with a background in human genetics and evidence of training and strength in quantitative skills.

Program candidates must demonstrate exceptional academic performance, and fulfill all requirements checked under their respective level in the table below.

Eligibility requirements:Trainee Level
Graduate LevelPostdoctoral Level
Students 1, 3
Students 1, 2
Fellows 4
Meet Citizenship and Immigration Canada requirements.
Identify, approach, and engage a Primary Mentor from the CIHR STAGE mentor roster.
Approach, solicit and receive a nomination from a CIHR STAGE Mentor (may be an individual other than the Primary Mentor).
Be accepted and enrolled in full time studies in one of three affiliated graduate programs at the University of Toronto:
  • Biostatistics, Division of Biostatistics, Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH)
  • Epidemiology, Division of Epidemiology, DLSPH
  • Statistics, Department of Statistics, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
NEW! Be an exceptional PhD student enrolled in a relevant biomedical program at U of T, with a background in human genetics and evidence of training and strength in quantitative skills.
Have completed at least one full academic year of graduate studies. Exception: applicants pursuing graduate programs designed to be completed within 12 months of full time studies may apply to CIHR STAGE through the course of their degree.
Have thesis or practicum research training in any of the three main disciplines contributing to genetic epidemiology research, i.e., Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology, Statistical Genetics and Genomics, or Bio-medical Genetics.
Have a background or research interest that falls under any of the following disciplines: Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Statistics, Mathematics, Molecular and Forensic Anthropology, Computer Science, or closely related fields, including quantitatively inclined branches of Life Sciences such as Genetics, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Psychology, or any other research area that may be relevant to CIHR STAGE (see Examples of Research Themes.) 5
Obtain written confirmation, from an authorized individual, agreeing to release-time from teaching and administrative duties to facilitate training under CIHR STAGE.
Intend to transition into the field of genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics (e.g. from “epidemiology” to “genetic epidemiology”).

1 Accepted graduate students must fulfil the academic requirements of their underlying degree program and the academic requirements of CIHR STAGE. Trainees must remain full-time students while enrolled in CIHR STAGE.
2 Preference will be given to PhD students who are in their first or second year of graduate studies. PhD candidates must obtain a passing grade on their comprehensive examination before being admitted into CIHR STAGE.
3 MSc applicants must have successfully completed one term of coursework before being admitted.
4 Preference will be given to trainees who have three years or less of postdoctoral experience at the time of applying to the Program.
5 CIHR STAGE has a significant focus on quantitative skills, thus applicants from disciplines not listed in the table above, or whose research or scholarship is not directly linked to the Program’s research themes (see Examples of 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.