Cancer Pathology Research Fellowship Program

Cancer Pathology Research Fellowship Program

Application Checklist:

  1. Form I: administrative information and research project (click to download);
  2. Form II: budget and justification (click to download);
  3. References and figures;
  4. Candidates CV;
  5. Supervisor CV;
  6. Supervisor Letter: outlining i) Candidate’s role in the project, ii) the supervisory and mentoring activities to be provided, and iii) the research environment available to the Candidate;
  7. Host Institution Letter: attesting that $40,000 in matching funds will be provided if Candidate’s application is successful;
  8. Training Program Director Letter: attesting that the Candidate will be able to write the Royal College Fellowship examination in Spring 2019;
  9. Letters of Support. (subject: OMPRN CPTRG Application) ( Submit Application or Ask a Question » )
FUNDING PARTNERS Ontario Institute of Cancer Research (OICR)
DUE DATE December 13, 2018.
NOTICE OF DECISION Early February 2019
FUNDING PERIOD 1 year (July 1 2019- June 30 2020)
AVAILABLE FUNDS $80,000 for one year (50% from OICR, 50% from Host Institution), with the potential for an additional $80,000 (from OICR) for consumables


The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is a collaborative centre of excellence in cancer research that aims to move Ontario to the forefront of discovery and innovation so that the people of Ontario and the economy benefit from promising research results and breakthroughs. OICR’s mission is to partner with the Ontario oncology community to accelerate the development and implementation of clinically important knowledge, products, services and policies to improve cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment and enable patients in Ontario and worldwide to live longer and better lives.

OICR’s Strategic Plan 2016-2021 prioritized the establishment of the Ontario Molecular Pathology Research Network (OMPRN), a Collaborative Research Network focused on enhancing molecular pathology research capacity across the province by:

  • Fostering collaboration and cooperation between Ontario academic pathologists;
  • Increasing the participation of pathologists in high-quality translational cancer research;
  • Providing opportunities for residents, fellows and early career pathologists to obtain training and mentorship in cancer research.

OMPRN’s vision is to create a province-wide network of pathologists collaborating to carry out high-quality cancer research with a clear potential for clinical utility. The OMPRN Steering Committee has developed objectives under the three broad themes of (i) Awareness & Outreach, (ii) Education, and (iii) Pathology-led Research.

The Cancer Pathology Research (CPR) Fellowship Program address the latter objective by supporting the training of pathologists, with experience in molecular and cancer diagnostic pathology, for a future successful career in pathology cancer research.


OMPRN will provide up to two one-year Fellowships valued at $40,000 each. For each Fellowship, the Host Institution will provide $40,000 in matching funds such that $80,000 will be available to cover the CRP Fellows salary and benefits. Where justified, additional funds of up to $80,000 per award will be made available to cover consumables, services or other operating costs incurred while conducting the research.


Pathologists who are eligible to write their Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) fellowship examinations are eligible for a CPR Fellowship. Ph.D. laboratory geneticists who have completed a Molecular Genetics or Cytogenetics program of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG) are also be eligible, as are graduates from similar programs in other jurisdictions (e.g. a Laboratory Genetics and Genomics program certified by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics). CCMG trainees should provide a letter from the Credentials Committee attesting to their suitability to sit their qualifying examination.

Additional Details

Please see the Application for Request for additional details (click to download).

Pathologists and Researchers who are interested in being part of the OMPRN: