Fellowships

The Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for advanced academic training in specific clinical and/or research areas in Psychiatry. Fellowships are usually undertaken for two years, although a small number of candidates choose a one-year Fellowship.

The Fellowship Program receives applicants from within the Department as well as nationally and internationally. There is a standard application process and each Fellow works with a primary supervisor in a specific program within the Department. 

The Fellowship Director reports directly to the Vice-Chair, Education and sits on the Education Council. The Fellowship Executive consists of representation from hospital sites as well as representation from Programs, Fellows and Psychiatry Residents.

About the Program

The Fellowship Program of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, is both diverse and unique. The majority of our fellows are involved in a combination of research and clinical activities. Participating in a fellowship position offers an exceptional opportunity to experience academic psychiatry, retain protected time and receive advanced supervision. The Fellowship Program allows for both broad and deep exploration of areas of interest within the field. Fellows are able to register as clinical OR research fellows. Research fellows have zero patient contact do not require a CPSO license. 

Fellows must submit an application for a clinical or research appointment to initiate registration with the department and subsequently with the Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) office at the University of Toronto.

Eligibility Requirements for Clinical Fellowship Training

  • Medical Degree & Specialty Certification: clinical fellowship applicants must have obtained a medical degree from a recognized medical school and have received specialist designation. Applicants must provide copies of the original degrees and a notarized translation if the original documents are not in English/French.
  • Clinical fellows must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to take up training at the University of Toronto. For more information and verification of eligibility for licensing purposes, contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO).

Eligibility Requirements for Research Fellowship Training

  • Medical Degree: The minimum requirement for a research fellowship is a medical degree from a recognized medical school. Research fellows do not have any patient contact and as such, do not need a license from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), 

Note: PhD (non-MD) postdoctoral fellows: are not able to register as fellows at the Department of Psychiatry.  are able to register through the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Postdoctoral Office provided their primary location of research is the U of T campus. PhD (non-MD) postdoctoral fellows receiving their stipend from U of T are also eligible. If unable to register with the SGS Postdoctoral Office, PhD (non-MD) postdoctoral fellows are able to register at the individual UofT affiliated teaching site (e.g. hospital) provided they meet applicable institutional requirements.

Funding

Clinical and research fellows are recommended to be remunerated annually at a rate equivalent to that of a PGY1 trainee (view the salary scale), with a minimum funding of at least $61,000 (CAD) currently required. Fellowships can be funded by a variety of sources including, for example, sponsorship by an applicant’s hospital or University, pharmaceutical grants, etc. Some of the Divisions provide a limited number of funded positions.

Sponsored Applicants

Postgraduate training agreements are in place between the University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine and governmental sponsoring agencies from several countries which provide financial sponsorship for citizens pursuing advanced training abroad. Applicants from these countries must have their sponsor contact the Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Medical Education Office (PGME) (pgme.international@utoronto.ca) to initiate the sponsorship processbefore formally applying for fellowship training. Please contact the fellowship office for more information. 

Application Submission Guidelines

The Department of Psychiatry offers “rolling registration” for Fellowship training, taking into account the following timelines: 

  • Applicants requiring a work permit: Complete applications must be received by the Fellowship program 6-8 months in advance of the training start date. For example, application paperwork must be received by January 1st for fellowship training that is scheduled to begin on July 1st of the same year.
  • Canadian citizens / Permanent Residents: Complete applications must be received by the Fellowship program 4 months in advance of the training start date. For example, application paperwork must be received by March 1st for fellowship training that is scheduled to begin on July 1st of the same year.
  • Applications that are not submitted far enough in advance (or that are incomplete) may be subject to delayed start dates.

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