Fellow Awards

Awards celebrating the accomplishments of fellows in the Department of Psychiatry. Unless otherwise stated, the deadline for nominations/applications for awards is 11:59 pm, April 15, 2022.

Department of Psychiatry Award for Best Accomplishment by a Fellow

Awarded to the Fellow with the most significant contribution based on submitted CVs and annual reports.

The purpose of the award is to recognize Fellows’ research, education and professional development achievements and accomplishments over the course of the academic year.

Type: Departmental

Eligible recipients: Fellows must be registered as a research or clinical fellow with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, during the academic year. Fellows are to be in good standing in the Department of Psychiatry.

Amount: $500

Criteria:

The CVs and annual reports are reviewed for contributions to:
•    Research
•    Education
•    Creative professional development

Nomination process:

Fellows are to submit their annual report and CVs by email to the Fellowship Office (psych.fellows@utoronto.ca) . The Fellowship Coordinator compiles and shares the complete set of CVs and reports with the award selection committee for review.

Department of Psychiatry Award for Child and Youth Mental Health Community Experience

The award is open to all residents and fellows at the University of Toronto within the Department of Psychiatry who have participated in a child and youth mental health community setting during that academic year.

Type: Departmental

Eligible recipients: Fellow or resident.

Amount: $500

Criteria:

All submissions must include: (1) completed application (see link/attachment) by the resident outlining their community clinical experience as well as (2) at least one letter of support from a supervisor and/or agency representative.

A community clinical experience includes services provided in the community to remote health care settings, schools, community health teams and other agencies beyond the resident’s primary training site. An experience involving indirect consultation with allied health and community professionals is highly valued. 

The essay should include a description of one or more experiences, highlighting the importance and impact of this community experience on the resident’s education and understanding of issues related to child and youth mental health.  

The supportive letter(s) should reflect on the resident’s performance, contributions and/or competencies and professional growth achieved during this community experience.

Nomination process:

A call for submissions will be made by a member of the Awards Selection and Review Committee to all residents in writing via email on February 1st with a reminder email on April 1st. Submissions must be received by email no later than May 31. Letters from the resident and agency representative may be submitted separately or together; residents are responsible for both letters to be submitted on time.

Download the application form.

Nominations may be submitted to the psych.awards@utoronto.ca email.

Department of Psychiatry Research Day Best Presentation by a Fellow

This award aims to acknowledge excellence within our scholarly community of graduate students.

Type: Departmental

Eligible recipients: Fellow

Amount: $500

Criteria:

Awards will be presented for posters and oral presentations to Faculty and Trainees in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. Awards will be judged based on the abstract submission and oral presentation/poster.

Nomination process:

All presentations by fellows at Department of Psychiatry Research Day will be considered automatically for an award.

Dr. George Voineskos Mentorship Award in Psychiatry

This award was established in 2020 through a donation to the Department of Psychiatry from the Voineskos family to honor Dr. George Voineskos and his commitment to the role of mentors in supporting junior faculty.

Type: Philanthropic

Eligible recipients: The award is open to any faculty member and current or past faculty or trainee mentee (i.e., the mentee may have advanced in their career). The faculty member must have a current primary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

Amount: $4,000

Criteria: 

This award recognizes a track record of sustained and outstanding mentorship activities as demonstrated by a clear description of specific mentorship activities with linkage to a specific examples of a mentee’s career development outcomes or milestones.

Nomination process:

The faculty mentor and one mentee should submit their CVs and a letter (up to 4 pages) detailing the mentor-mentee activities and the resulting accomplishments of the mentee. The letter should also describe how the mentor contributed to a particular impact in the mentee’s trajectory and in turn how the mentee responded or overcame challenges with the help of the mentor. This letter may be submitted by the mentor, the mentee, or a nominator who can speak to the impact of the mentor and their mentorship.

Reviewers of the nominations will consider the following:

Description of mentorship activities

  • Role of mentor/ mentee (i.e., strengths or tack record of mentor; evidence of supporting junior faculty; clear description and evidence of applicants’ roles as mentor/ mentee in scholarly activities described and how they are distinct from mentor or other faculty).

Impact and Significance of mentorship activities

  • Were mentorship-related activities or outcomes evaluated through an evaluation of a program, output or process? Did an evaluation process of the mentorship relationship occur?
  • Evidence of significant impacts or change to community/population/ policy or clinical practice as result of mentorship activity/activities.
  • Evidence that mentorship resulted in furthering of mentee’s career development beyond that of specific project or activity (e.g., negotiation of new position, mentee now acts a mentor, development or furthering of program of research, clinical skills, CPA or Educational activity)

Evidence of dissemination of scholarly activity that occurred as result of mentorship activity/activities.

Evidence of sustained mentor/mentee relationship

The Vice-Chair, Equity and Mentorship will chair an advisory committee that will review the nominations and select one mentor and their mentee annually to receive the award. The award consists of $ 4,000 shared between the faculty mentor and their mentee and a certificate for each.

Nominations may be submitted to the psych.awards@utoronto.ca email.

Fred Lowy Award in Psychosomatic Medicine

Awarded to the resident or fellow in the Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry who has made the greatest contribution to research in psychosomatic medicine.

Type: Departmental

Eligible recipients: Fellow or resident.

Amount: $500

Criteria:

Research accomplishments are judged by scholarly contributions including peer-reviewed publications, grants and scientific presentations.  All elective residents and fellows in the Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry are invited to apply.

Nomination process:

Applicants must submit a nomination from the supervisor, as well as their CV.

Nominations may be submitted to the psych.awards@utoronto.ca email.

Mary Seeman Award for Achievement in the area of Psychiatry and Humanities

To honour Mary V. Seeman, the earned income will be awarded annually or biannually to a resident in the Department of Psychiatry for achievement in the area of Psychiatry and the Humanities. 

This award is intended to encourage creative and scholarly activity in the area of Psychiatry and the Humanities. The award is open to medical students, residents, and medically-allied faculties.  Criteria for the award include documented evidence of completed work or work in progress of artistic and/or scholarly merit which makes a contribution towards enhancing the appreciation of the human condition. Submissions must be an unpublished narrative, not previously published or part of a PhD thesis, and single authored, and will be judged on the basis or originality, creativity and relevance to psychiatry.

Type: Philanthropic

Eligible recipients: Faculty, fellows, and residents

Amount: $500

Criteria:

Please note only one submission per applicant will be accepted. The following guidelines are suggested to assist applicants:

Contributions to scholarship in the area of Humanities and Psychiatry, in the form of unpublished and single-authored work.

Evidence of creative activity in the area of Humanities and Psychiatry; for example, art or literature.

A demonstration of the capacity to integrate interest in the area of Humanities and Psychiatry; for example, through the development of a program or a paper.

Nomination process:

If applicants are uncertain about the suitability of a submission, they are encouraged to contact any of the committee members. Submissions will be judged by the committee, with outside consultation where appropriate. 

Nominations may be submitted to the psych.awards@utoronto.ca email.

Julian Frist [The Julius, Dorota and Zofia (Zosia) Frist Memorial Prize in Neuropsychopharmacology]

This prize is awarded annually to a young scientist under the age of 35 years who is an author or major co-author of an outstanding published paper in neuropsychopharmacology (including neurotransmitter or receptor research) while a student or Postdoctoral Fellow at the U of T.

Type: Philanthropic

Eligible recipients: Trainees or Post-Doc Fellows.

Amount: $500

Criteria:

The selection of the awardee is made by a three-person committee chaired by a Professor specializing in neurotransmitter and neuro.

Nominations may be submitted to the psych.awards@utoronto.ca email.

Robin Hunter Memorial Award

This award was established in honour of the late Dr Robin Hunter, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry. A travel award, awarded to residents and paid by CAMH. The funds are to be used by the recipient for travel for the purpose of attaining special clinical or research skills either by attending a highly regarded peer-reviewed scientific meeting or by spending time with an identified scientist or clinician at another site

Type: Philanthropic

Eligible recipients: Residents and fellows

Amount: $3,000

This award is open to all residents and  fellows in our Department. A maximum of only one award will be made per academic year, consisting of a suitably inscribed certificate and financial support for expenses of up to $3,000.00.
 
The funds are to be used by the recipient for travel for the purpose of presenting an oral abstract at a highly regarded peer-reviewed scientific meeting in the coming academic year or for travel to acquire a specific training in an important clinical or scholarly skill.
 
The award will be presented at the Departmental Dinner on June 16, 2022.  The deadline for receipt of the award application is April 15, 2022.
 
If you are interested in applying, please send your information to: Robert.Gardin@utoronto.ca
 
1) A personal letter of interest describing your research trajectory and how the money will be used
2) An updated CV
3) At least one letter of support from either your research supervisor, or the Head(s) of one of the Academic Divisions, or the Psychiatrist in Chief at your local site.

Upon completion of the travel, the recipient must submit a short report of his or her experience to the Robin Hunter Memorial Selection Committee.

Man Pang Lau Award In Psychiatry

To support a trainee in the Department of Psychiatry with preference given to applicants with an interest in transcultural or addition psychiatry. Should no applicant have this interest the award will be open to all applicants. 

Type: Philanthropic

Eligible recipients: Residents and fellows

Amount: $1,000

Criteria:

All submissions must include the CV of the applicant, a one page letter of interest, and a reference letter.

Applicants with a demonstrated interest in transcultural or addition psychiatry will be given preference.

Nomination process:

Applicants may submit their document directly, or a nominator may submit them on the applicants behalf. Submissions will be judged by an adjudication committee, with outside consultation where appropriate. 

Nominations may be submitted to the psych.awards@utoronto.ca email.