Application Process

There are two types of applications for the DSECT program:

  1. Application for Streams 1 and 2 
  2. Application for Stream 3

Details on each type of application are provided below.

For more information on the program streams, please see the program overview page.


Apply to DSECT – Streams 1 and 2

Applications for 2021-2022 are now being accepted! To be considered for the April 2021 - March 2022 program, the deadline to submit your application is January 25 2021. 

To apply to Stream 1 or 2, choose "Sign-Up" from the navigation bar above and create an account. Once your account is created, you will be able to create an application. The application and all required materials can be submitted online through the user login. 

To apply to this program a trainee must submit a full application package and may be invited to a face-to-face interview (in person or through video conference). For more information on the program curriculum we offer throughout the program year, see the curriculum overview.

The following comprise the application materials that will be included in 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.

All application materials can be submitted electronically through the program website. Sign up to create an application (located top of webpage).

Application Review Criteria

The following criteria will inform assessment of the applications received:

  • Academic performance
  • Interest in research related to medication safety and effectiveness
  • Demonstrated experience and productivity in research (in relation to level of training)
  • Career goals (this training program is designed to produce independent investigators and scientific professionals who can contribute to the generation of new knowledge in medication safety and effectiveness)
  • Clearly delineated study with clear methodology, novelty, and potential for impact on health and health policies
  • Letters of support
  • Qualifications of supervisor (based on the supervisor letter of support and CV)

Apply to DSECT – Stream 3

Individuals who are not eligible for Streams 1 and 2, or would only like to complete a subset of the program may apply through Stream 3. Applicants are required to have the support of their supervisor (academic or professional). Applicants must be well conversant and 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 (see the application form for the current rates). For a brief overview of what we offer throughout the program year, you may wish to visit the curriculum overview page by January 25, 2021.

The process is as follows:

  1. Complete the “Application to participate in DSECT – Stream 3” form and submit by email to
  2. Submit supporting documentation as described in the application form to
  3. Wait to be contacted by DSECT program staff.

Applications will be reviewed by the DSECT Application Review Committee. DSECT reserves the right to limit participation in DSECT based on space availability or suitability for the program.