Clinician Scientist – Graduate Stream

The graduate stream of the Clinician Scientist Program (CSP) is intended for psychiatry residents in PGY-5, and potentially PGY-6 if in subspecialty residency training, who have a substantial interest in research and wish to pursue graduate school.

Residents will be eligible to apply to the graduate stream of the CSP when they are in their PGY-4 year. Applicants must be accepted into a thesis-based, graduate degree granting program and begin graduate work full time as of September of their PGY-5 year and are expected to complete at least a Master’s degree and encouraged to complete a PhD.

Applicants are encouraged to be enrolled in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons’ Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) while in the CSP. All CSP trainees are expected to participate in, and regularly attend, the CSP seminar series.

There are many graduate programs at the University of Toronto that may be suitable for CSP residents with respect to their graduate stream training. The Institute of Medical Sciences, the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, all offer excellent programs that may be of interest to CSP residents.

Tuition fees will be reimbursed by the CSP for successful applicants for thesis-based graduate research school training (MSc or PhD for a maximum of 2 years). Support will be provided to a maximum $8,000 per year for graduate training within the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies (for external graduate training, the CSP will cover 50% of tuition fees to a maximum of $8,000 per year). For residents who present their CSP-related research at scientific meetings, reimbursement for travel expenses up to $1,500 is available annually for up to 2 years. There is also an expectation that applicants apply for and receive salary support to provide for at least one year of salary for the second year of the CSP, which will occur in a fellowship year post residency training. Note, for CSP graduate stream members who are in their post-residency year, tuition reimbursement will not apply for attending psychiatrists, and will be governed by the following benchmarks for clinical research fellows:

  • Fellows with gross professional income $100K or below: the Department will reimburse for tuition up to $8,000.
  • Fellows with gross professional income of $100-150K, the Department will reimburse 50% of tuition up to $4,000.
  • Fellows with gross professional income above $150K, the Department will not reimburse for tuition.