Prospective Scholars


The Program encourages application from various disciplines including biology, engineering, physics, biostatistics, mathematics, as well as health professional disciplines such as Medicine, Radiation Therapy, or Nursing. Both Canadian and international students are eligible to apply for the program.

Applicants to the STARS21 (formerly EIRR21) Training Program must:

  • be working towards or have successfully completed a MSc, PhD, or MD.
  • be affiliated with the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto (Medical Biophysics, IMS, HPME, Medical Genetics),  Universities of Alberta, British Columbia,  McGill, or BC Cancer Agency.
  • be supervised by a Mentor who is a member of STARS21.
  • exceptions are made for Clinical Fellows, wherein it is preferable if the applicant is registered in one of the Departmental Graduate Programs, but not mandatory. Clinical Fellow applicants must be supervised by an STARS21Mentor.

All key Mentors have cross-appointments to at least one of these Research Institutes and/or Graduate Divisions. Once a student is accepted into one of the Departmental Graduate Programs, they are eligible to apply to our Training Program and hence will be granted either a MSc or PhD upon completion of training.

Application Review Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by members of the PAC and Mentors participating in STARS21. The review process will abide by conflict of interest guidelines as per CIHR, and the scoring system will utilize that of CIHR & NCIC. The criteria for review are outlined below.

The Candidate

  • Academic training and achievement
  • Research and/or clinical training
  • Research accomplishments
  • Awards or other acknowledgements of achievement, contribution of candidate to published works
  • Demonstration of originality and independence
  • Strength of reference letters
  • Clarity in which career goals are described

The Research Project

  • Originality of research idea
  • Quality of writing of research proposal
  • Rigour of experimental design
  • Clearly outlined research hypothesis and timeline of proposed project (1 or 2 years)
  • Whether completion of this work will contribute to the body of knowledge in radiation medicine
  • Feasibility of proposed project
  • Clear association with radiation science and aligns with goals of the UT-DRO Strategic Plan
  • Covers more than 1 research domain (molecular biology, physics, clinical radiation oncology, chemistry, computational biology, cancer biology, epidemiology, etc)

The Research Environment

  • Support of the Supervisor and Institution
  • Access to good research facilities
  • Access to educational events, such as research conferences and seminars

Other Factors

  • General sense of the candidate on the ability to express themselves, exercise judgment, demonstrate initiative
  • The ability of the candidate and the research proposal towards achieving the multi-disciplinary objectives of the STARS21 Radiation Medicine Research Program

Application Process

To apply for our STARS21Training program, the following items must be submitted:

  • Application form
  • Curriculum vitae (CV), including published papers or papers in press
  • Official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters must be submitted separately by referees.

Intent to apply deadline: TBD

Please submit this letter to Emily Milne. Late LOI submissions will not be accepted or considered for application to the program. The LOI must include applicant’s name, mentor, project title and category – ie. MSc, PhD, PostDoc Fellow, clinical fellow or resident*.

Application deadline: TBD

2017-Application (PDF) - coming soon

2017-Application (Word-fillable) - coming soon

Notification of offer: September 2017
Candidates enter program: September/October 2017

If you are interested in applying, please email Emily Milne regarding your intent to apply to ensure eligibility.




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