Prospective Scholars


The overarching goal of STARS21 is to build research capacity in Canada in the realm of radiation medicine. We aim to address an unmet need for education in translational and transdisciplinary cancer research. To this end, STARS21 has been designed to provide graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, residents and clinical fellows the skills essential to conduct innovative translational and trans-disciplinary research in Radiation Medicine, as well as the leadership, communication and collaboration proficiencies necessary to define them as the future leaders of Canada’s scientific community. We aim to create a learning community that resembles the multidisciplinary nature of today’s team-based science. 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.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Working towards an MSc, PhD, MD, Clinical Fellowship, Post Doctoral Fellowship, or in a Residency Program
  • Be conducting translational radiation medicine research
  • Supervisors of accepted trainees will be granted status as STARS21 mentors for 3 years. Mentors are expected to contribute to the STARS21 program through invited presentations and review panels.

Application Review Criteria

Candidates are selected through a competitive process, adjudicated by a review panel of 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

Co-funded by the Terry Fox Research Institute, Princess Margaret Research (PMR) and Radiation Medicine Program (RMP), STARS21 provides stipend support to accepted trainees for 1 year. Trainees not affiliated with the sponsoring institutions (PMR and RMP) will be offered 50% funding. Deadlines to apply for the STARS21Training program are as follows: 

  • LOI Due: September 3, 2019
  • Notification of Full Applications: September 10, 2019
  • Full Application Due: September 24, 2019
  • Notice of Awards: October 15, 2019
  • Program Start: November, 2019
  • Program End: June, 2020

Please submit LOIs to Late LOI submissions will not be accepted or considered for application to the program. Please refer to the following documents for further details and application requirements.
Program Description
Application Requirements