Application & Funding

Application & Funding

Trainee Eligibility

To participate as a trainee in Stream 1 or 2:

Applications are welcomed from full-time graduate (MSc and PhD) students, post-doctoral fellows, and Clinical fellows registered at Canadian universities who have an interest in drug safety and effectiveness research. Students may be from a wide range of scientific disciplines including clinical therapeutics, population health, epidemiology, biostatistics, health services and health policy. Students must be developing or completing a thesis project or other project related to therapeutics research. The student’s current supervisor will continue to be his or her primary mentor throughout the program. Students will also be matched with a secondary mentor from the DSECT program who will facilitate trainee learning within the program. Applicants to Stream 2 must have completed Stream 1 previously or must provide an explanation for bypassing Stream 1 within the application form.


To participate as a trainee in Stream 3:

Applications are also welcome from individuals wishing to broaden exposure to drug safety and effectiveness research and who might not be otherwise eligible for Streams 1 or 2 or who wish to complete a subset of the program. Please note that there are fees for participation in the program activities as a trainee in Stream 3.
For more details, please see the program handbook.

Application Process

Apply to Stream 1 or 2

Choose “Sign Up” from the navigation bar above and create an account. Once you create an account, you will be able to create an application. All required materials can be submitted online through the user login. After submitting a full application, you may be invited to a face-to-face interview (in person or video conference).

The following list outlines the application materials that will be required to complete the online application:

  • Personal and education information
  • Current funding sources
  • Description of research interests
  • Description of the student’s training expectations and how this program will help facilitate career goals
  • Outline of proposed research study and how this study contributes to drug safety and effectiveness in Canada
  • Secondary mentor choice
  • Two referees (one referee must be the student’s current supervisor and indicate his/her support as the student’s primary mentor). Specified referees will be sent an email with a link to complete an online reference letter.
  • Curriculum Vitae of both student and supervisor
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended, including international institutions. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable, with the understanding that official copies must be provided if requested.
  • Graduate students must also send confirmation of acceptance into their program. If a student has already begun their graduate studies, the transcript can serve as confirmation of acceptance into their program provided that the program of study is clearly indicated on the transcript.
  • Those applying as post-doctoral fellows must provide evidence of completion (or near completion) of their PhD or health care doctorate degree.


Apply to Stream 3

Applicants require the support of their supervisor (academic or professional), be well conversant and be able to comprehend scientific writing in English. Individuals may wish to participate in one or all aspects of our programming. Note that there is a fee for participation in our program.

For all interested individuals: complete the “Application to participate in Stream 3” form and submit by email to, along with all supporting documentation (as described in the form). Please wait to be contacted by the DSECT program staff about your status.

Stream 3 Application Form

For more detailed information about the application process, please see our Program Handbook.


A limited number of qualified applicants in Streams 1 and 2 will be offered $10,000 in stipend support. In situations where a successful applicant already holds funding from another source, partial funding may be available. Funding stipends are available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents and international students who are studying at Canadian institutions.

Some external and internal graduate awards limit holding other sources of funding concurrently; this policy varies by award and by institution and will therefore need to be assessed on an individual basis. Applicants are also encouraged to apply for external funding