UHN Research

Stand with Ukraine Program

The invasion of Ukraine by Russian armed forces has created a humanitarian crisis that has displaced millions of Ukrainian citizens.  These events have saddened and horrified us at UHN.  We wish to offer our help by supporting Ukrainian postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, exchange students and scientists who have been displaced by the war.

With the help of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and the UHN Foundation, UHN Research has established a comprehensive program that is complementary to support provided to graduate students by University of Toronto (UofT) and research trainees by the Canadian government via the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).  This program will support Ukrainian research trainees and scientists whose scientific interests align with UHN Research.

Graduate students will require enrollment in the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto via a Department that best matches their research interests and in which a potential faculty supervisor at UHN Research holds an appointment.

For further information please read through the following sections:

Stand With Ukraine Graduate Student Master’s Program

Applicants must be Ukrainian citizens who emigrated from Ukraine in 2022.  Students who have completed undergraduate studies are eligible to apply.  New graduate students require admission to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at the University of Toronto (UofT).  This process is carried out through individual Departments at UofT.  Students must be accepted by a supervisor at UHN who holds a graduate appointment in the Department in which the student has enrolled.

Application requirements:

  • Application form
  • Letter of intent – a one page statement of research interests, qualifications and position sought, including an explanation of how the crisis in Ukraine impacted of your research career
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of reference (if not available, please explain in the letter of intent)
  • Copy of unofficial transcript
  • Copy of passport
  • Names of up to three UHN Research faculty members whose scientific interests match yours

For inquiries, please contact standwithukraine@uhnresearch.ca.

Send a complete application package to standwithukraine@uhnresearch.ca.

Applications will be accepted until November 30, 2022.

Supervisors accepting eligible students should apply for the CIHR’s Special Response Fund for Trainees (Ukraine) in year 1 ($20,000).  Students should apply for the UofT’s Scholars-at-Risk Fellowship ($10,000).  Students will be eligible to apply for a UHN Research scholarship that will provide a stipend to supplement expenses up to $20,000 per annum in year 2 if another scholarship is not available.

Stand With Ukraine Graduate Student Doctoral Program

Applicants must be Ukrainian citizens who emigrated from Ukraine in 2022.  Students applying to the PhD program must have a Master’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree if applying for direct entry to a PhD program.  New graduate students require admission to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at the University of Toronto (UofT).  This process is carried out through individual Departments at UofT.  Students must be accepted by a supervisor at UHN who holds a graduate appointment in the Department in which the student has enrolled.

Application requirements:

  • Application form
  • Letter of intent – a one page statement of research interests, qualifications and position sought, including an explanation of how the crisis in Ukraine impacted of your research career
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of reference (if not available, please explain in the letter of intent)
  • Copy of unofficial transcript
  • Copy of passport
  • Names of up to three UHN Research faculty members whose scientific interests match yours

For inquiries, please contact standwithukraine@uhnresearch.ca.

Send a complete application package to standwithukraine@uhnresearch.ca.

Applications will be accepted until November 30, 2022.

Supervisors accepting eligible students should apply for CIHR’s Special Response Fund for Trainees (Ukraine) in year 1 ($25,000).  Students should apply for UofT’s Scholars-at-Risk Fellowship ($10,000).  Students will be eligible to apply for a UHN Research scholarship that will provide a stipend to supplement expenses up to $25,000 per annum in year 2 if another scholarship is not available.

Stand With Ukraine Graduate Student Exchange Program

Applicants must be Ukrainian citizens who emigrated from Ukraine in 2022.  Students must be enrolled in a graduate program at a university in Ukraine and will require approval to be an International Visiting Graduate Student by the School of Graduate Studies at University of Toronto (UofT).  Students must be accepted by a supervisor at UHN who holds a graduate appointment at UofT.

Application requirements:

  • Application form
  • Letter of intent – a one page statement of research interests, qualifications and position sought, including an explanation of how the crisis in Ukraine impacted of your research career
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of reference (if not available, please explain in the letter of intent)
  • Copy of unofficial transcript
  • Copy of passport
  • Names of up to three UHN Research faculty members whose scientific interests match yours

For inquiries, please contact standwithukraine@uhnresearch.ca.

Send a complete application package to standwithukraine@uhnresearch.ca.

Applications will be accepted until November 30, 2022.

The duration of the exchange program is one year and tuition fees at UofT are waived for exchange students.  Students will receive a salary stipend of approximately $20,000 per annum.  Supervisors accepting eligible students should apply for CIHR’s Special Response Fund for Trainees (Ukraine) funding in year 1 ($20,000 or $25,000).  Students should apply for UofT’s Scholars-at-Risk Fellowship ($10,000).

Stand With Ukraine Postdoctoral Fellowship

Qualified postdoctoral fellows who are within 3 years of graduating with a PhD or an equivalent degree (excluding medical leave and other interruptions) may apply. Applicants must be Ukrainian citizens who emigrated from Ukraine in 2022.  The expertise of applicants  must be aligned with research at UHN, including the fields of cancer, neuroscience, cardiovascular biology, transplantation, stem cell biology, regenerative medicine, bioengineering, rehabilitation medicine, clinical and health services research, computational biology and medical education research.

Application requirements:

  • Application form
  • Letter of intent – a one page statement of research interests, qualifications and position sought, including an explanation of how the crisis in Ukraine impacted of your research career
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of reference (if not available, please explain in the letter of intent)
  • Copy of unofficial transcript
  • Copy of passport
  • Names of up to three UHN Research faculty members whose scientific interests match yours

For inquiries, please contact standwithukraine@uhnresearch.ca.

Send a complete application package to standwithukraine@uhnresearch.ca.

Applications will be accepted until November 30, 2022.

Principal investigators accepting eligible postdoctoral fellows must apply for CIHR’s Special Response Fund for Trainees (Ukraine) to cover salary support for year 1 ($45,000).  During year 1, applicants will be eligible to apply for the UHN Research scholarship that will provide salary support of $45,000 in year 2.  Up to four UHN Research scholarship will be awarded to the top applicants.

Stand With Ukraine Scientist Program

Applicants must be Ukrainian citizens who emigrated from Ukraine in 2022.  Scientists who did not hold a faculty position at a Ukrainian institution can seek a research technician or a scientific associate position at UHN.  Scientists who held a faculty position at a Ukrainian institution can seek a visiting faculty position for up to 1 year.  Long-term employment will require hiring into a regular faculty position or as a scientific associate.  The expertise of the applicants must be aligned with research at UHN, including the fields of cancer, neuroscience, cardiovascular biology, transplantation, stem cell biology, regenerative medicine, bioengineering, rehabilitation medicine, clinical and health services research, computational biology and medical education research. A stipend to offset salary support will be provided to the laboratory hiring a Ukrainian scientist during the first year, depending on the number of applicants and availability of funding.

Application requirements:

  • Application form
  • Letter of intent – a one page statement of research interests, qualifications and position sought, including an explanation of how the crisis in Ukraine impacted of your research career
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of reference (if not available, please explain in the letter of intent)
  • Copy of diploma (if available)
  • Copy of passport
  • Names of up to three UHN Research faculty members whose scientific interests match yours

For inquiries, please contact standwithukraine@uhnresearch.ca.

Send a complete application package to standwithukraine@uhnresearch.ca.

Applications will be accepted until November 30, 2022.

Canadian government funding is not available for scientists; however, UHN research will provide up to four salary support stipends of up to $25,000 for 1 year.

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