Brain Tumour Research Studentship Frequently Asked Questions

To help you complete the application process for the Brain Tumour Research Studentships, below are the answers to frequently asked questions about this program. Thank you for your interest and good luck!

ELIGIBILITY

My research terms will not be taking place in the summer months. Can I still apply?

Yes. As long as you can demonstrate that you have two terms that are not back-to-back available for research remaining in your program, you are eligible to apply. The research terms do not have to take place in the summer months. They do, however, need to be separated by at least one academic term. If this information is not clearly apparent on your application, please include it in an appendix.

I am in my fourth year, but I will be taking a fifth year. Can I still apply?

Yes. As long as you can demonstrate that you have two terms that are not back-to-back available for research remaining in your program, you are eligible to apply. The research terms do not have to take place in the summer months. They do, however, need to be separated by at least one academic term. If this information is not clearly apparent on your application, please include it in an appendix.

I am enrolled in the first year of a combined MD/PhD program. Can I still apply?

Yes. The MD portion of your degree allows you to be eligible for this program.

SUBMITTING MY APPLICATION

When do the applications need to be submitted by?

The deadline to apply is January 26, 2018. An electronic copy must be submitted by 4:00 pm EST on Friday January 26, 2018. Additionally, all hard copies must be submitted by January 26, 2018.

How do I submit my application?

An electronic version of the complete application must be submitted by email to sruypers@braintumour.ca. Additionally, a paper copy must be submitted, along with 10 additional hard copies. All hard copies can be sent by mail, courier, or dropped off in person. The electronic copy must be submitted by 4:00 pm EST on Friday January 26, 2018. The hard copies must be submitted by January 26, 2018.

Who can submit the application?

The application may be submitted by the student, or by the proposed supervisor.

Can I submit my application in French?

Yes. While the application form is only available in English, it is possible to submit your application in French. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact mtremblay@braintumour.ca

REFERENCES

Who can act as acceptable references?

Ideally a reference will be someone who can speak to your experience in a research lab setting, or in another academic setting. A professor, instructor, or lab supervisor are all acceptable choices. If you do not have three academic/research references, we will accept references from professors/instructors in other departments and work supervisors.

Can my proposed supervisor act as one of my references?

No, your supervisor cannot act as one of your references. 

How do I submit my reference letters?

Reference letters can be emailed or mailed to us directly. Please advise us if reference letters are coming separately, and who they will be from.

If references are submitted with your application, please include them in separate, signed envelopes and as part of the PDF.

All reference letters must be submitted by 4:00 pm EST January 26, 2018.

APPLICATION CONTENT

Do I have to have an idea of a project?

Yes, your application must include a project proposal. The project can be something entirely new that the student will be working on, or can be part of an existing project that the supervisor is working on.

Do I have to find my own supervisor?

Yes, your application must be submitted including the information identifying your proposed supervisor and the project proposal. We are unable to provide assistance in determining a supervisor.

My project is on brain metastases—does that count?

Yes, the requirement is for the project to study brain tumours. All projects which study brain tumours, whether primary or secondary, malignant or non-malignant, will be considered for funding.

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