The Collaborative Program in

Public Health Policy

Fellows

Please note that the CIHR Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy will no longer be in effect for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Training Program was due to be funded by CIHR for a period of 5 academic years, and 2014-2015 marked the last year.

The Collaborative Program in Public Health Policy will continue with an interdisciplinary public health policy focus from 2015-2016 onwards.

CIHR Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy Fellowship Award
The CIHR Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy has funds to support graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.  Successful candidates are recognized as CIHR Fellows in Public Health Policy, and become part of a dynamic public health policy training and research community. CIHR Fellows in Public Health Policy engage with academic mentors, other CIHR Fellows, and policymakers to explore key issues in public health policy, work on policy issues in the real world, and help shape public health policy research agendas.  Fellows by joining the Collaborative Program in Public Health Policy will have their public health policy training officially noted in their academic transcript.  It is expected that in most cases students will also apply to the Collaborative Program.
The Award

Masters level Fellowships: stipends up to $17,850, with possible renewable for up to one additional year
Doctoral level Fellowships: stipends up to $17,850, with possible renewable for up to three additional years
Post doctoral Fellowships: stipends up to $36,850, with possible renewable for up to one additional year

Trainees already receiving funding from other sources may receive additional funding up to $2000.

Terms of the Award

  • Public Health Policy Fellows are required to be enrolled in a graduate level program of study at the University of Toronto, or hold a postdoctoral position at the University of Toronto or affiliated hospital or agency
  • The duration of the Fellowship is 12 months (September 2013 – August 2014)
  • Fellows are required to meet the requirement of their home department or postdoctoral position as well as that of the Fellowship program
  • Fellows are required to have an existing or proposed training and research focus in public health policy

Program Requirements

  • Successful completion of the Public Health Policy Courses, CHL 5300, offered in the fall term and CHL 5308, offered in the winter term.  Both courses are offered through the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.  Please note an exemption may be requested when previously completed coursework or future required coursework, is deemed equivalent to one of the Public Health Policy courses. 
  • Participation in 8 monthly Public Health Policy Rounds.
  • Participation in 8 monthly Lunch and Learns.
  • Participation in 3 training Institutes.
  • Participation in 1 Research and Training Pod
  • Submission of an end of Fellowship report 
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT MANY FELLOWSHIP ACTIVITIES ARE SCHEDULED ON FRIDAYS

Program Application

  • Completed Online Application
  • Curriculum Vitae (5 pages max using standard 12 pt Times New Roman font, with 1 inch margins on all sides, single spaced). Include sections on: education, awards and honours, relevant research experience/activity, and publications
  • A free-form essay of no more than 2 pages (using standard 12 pt Times New Roman font, with 1 inch margins on all sides, single spaced). Indicate your interest in:
  • public health policy
  • your aspirations
  • learning goals
  • career plans
  • specific research plans (if applicable)
  • highlight any experience relevant to public health policy
  • For Masters and PhD students who are required to do a thesis, and for Post-doctoral Fellows:  a timeline for conducting your proposed research, including milestones and deliverables
  • For Masters students not required to do a thesis, and for PhD students at the beginning of their program: a list of proposed deliverables (i.e. literature review, grant proposals, publication submissions, practicum placement report, presentations/abstracts)
  • For Postdoctoral Fellows: description of postdoctoral work, including learning plan
  • Letters from two references (letters emailed directly from referees)
  • For Masters and PhD students who are required to do a thesis, and for Post-doctoral Fellows, at least one letter should be from your supervisor; this letter should describe the availability of resources neces­sary to carry out your research including the type of mentoring your supervisor will be able to provide, comments on your academic progress, and suitability for participation in this program
  • For non-thesis students the letter should describe your academic ability and career aspirations, and comment on your potential to benefit from the CIHR Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy

Prospective students interested in potential mentors or supervisors at Public Health Ontario, are encouraged to contact them ahead of time when developing their proposals.

For further information please contact:

Sandra Caswell, Program Administrator
CIHR Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy
University of Toronto
155 College St., Room 534
Toronto, ON M5T 3M7
Email: publichealthpolicy@utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-978-6512
Fax: 416-946-0340