Call for GIPPEC Fellows


Research fellowship & Clinical and Research Fellowship

The Fellowship Program of GIPPEC is an opportunity for trainees to develop and build research skills in areas relevant to palliative care and to develop meaningful lines of research within well-developed research teams. GIPPEC fellowships provide research mentorship, training, and infrastructure and the opportunity to engage with an interdisciplinary network of scholars and investigators pursuing groundbreaking research in the field.

A one to two-year research fellowship and a two-year clinical and research fellowship are offered at GIPPEC. Affiliated with the University of Toronto and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, GIPPEC provides an interdisciplinary academic and clinical environment for fellows as well as a wide range of supervisors and positions within its research and clinical programs.

The Research Component

GIPPEC research fellows will have the opportunity to apply skills to create research proposals and undertake a scholarly project for presentation and publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Fellows will participate in an interdisciplinary academic environment with ample opportunity for feedback and presentation at local rounds, including the Behavioural Sciences and Supportive Care Rounds, Manuscript Review Seminar, Pain and Symptom Management Rounds and Departmental Grand Rounds. Numerous opportunities for collaboration are available in this interdisciplinary environment.

Fellows may participate in an ongoing project under the supervision of a principal investigator in the department. They are also expected to develop and conduct a new research project, prepare manuscripts and be the principal author on an original article.

With a strong base of international faculty, GIPPEC fellows can enhance research skills in palliative, psychosocial, and end-of-life care to produce research with global impact.

The Clinical Component

Fellows will learn about the palliative and psychosocial aspects of cancer for patients and families at diagnosis, during active treatment, in the event of recurrence, after completing treatment, through survivorship and during palliation and end-of-life care.

Fellows will have the opportunity to observe and perform clinical assessments with supervisors to aid in developing diagnostic and formulation skills, receive ongoing supervision.


Funding is available on a competitive basis. This can be discussed during the interview with the fellowship committee.


GIPPEC accepts applications on a rolling basis.

Canadian applicants should apply 6 months prior to the start date.

International applicants should apply 1 year prior to the start date.





Have a doctoral degree in a health related discipline that is relevant to psychosocial oncology, palliative care, psychology, nursing, social work, behavioral and social sciences, neuroscience, public health and global health.

Application Details

1. Upload the following documents

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Letter of intent. The letter of intent should include the following:
    • Rationale for pursuing training in palliative and psychosocial care
    • Previous experience in palliative and psychosocial care
    • Personal goals and learning objectives for the program
    • How the fellowship experience will fit with your future needs

2. After initial screening, if accepted, an interview with the fellowship committee will be conducted.

3. Once accepted, the applicant will apply through the Office of Research Trainees at the University Health Network. The postdoctoral fellow and supervisor will discuss and define specific projects and timelines.


How to Apply

Closing Date: Open Ended

Contact: Louise Lee


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