Cancer Research Society: Scholarships for the Next Generation of Scientists: 2021 Competition


Cancer Research Society (CRS)

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For additional information, please visit the program's websites for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria
  • FAQ's


Scholarships for the Next Generation of Scientists is a Cancer Research Society funding program with the goal of supporting the future generation of Canadian researchers. The award consists of two parts covering a period of three years, with no possibility for renewal.

Part 1: 1 year - $50,000

The one-year postdoctoral salary award is for a  candidate finishing his/her fellowship.   The candidate must have completed at least two (2) years of postdoctoral training when he/she will accept the salary award on September 1st.

This training may take place outside of Canada. There is a possibility of extending Part 1 of this award for a maximum period of six months. See our FAQs for more details.

Part 2: 2 years $120,000

($60,000 / year)

The candidate will be awarded $60,000 per year for a maximum of two years.  The operating grant is awarded once the candidate has obtained a faculty position at a recognized Canadian institution.

ImportantApplying for only one part of the award is prohibited.


  • Each candidate must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for the entire scholarship (parts 1 and 2) and must be residing in Canada at the starting date of part 2 of the scholarship (operating grant). Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residence is required.
  • Each candidate must be registered as a postdoctoral fellow in a university or accredited institution and must commit to starting work as a researcher in a university or accredited Canadian institution between January 1, 2022 and March 1, 2023
  • A research associate who wishes to pursue a career as an independent investigator may also be eligible to apply.
  • Applicants whose postdoctoral training may have been delayed due to extenuating circumstances are invited to contact the Cancer Research Society to determine their eligibility.
  • Part 1 (Fellowship) and part 2 (Operating Grant) of the scholarship award must be conducted in different institutions.


Applicants must have obtained a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DMV, etc.) within the last 6 years. For example, for a scholarship starting on September 1, 2021, an applicant should have obtained their doctoral degree after August 31, 2015. In addition, the applicant must have worked in a research position for a minimum of two (2) consecutive years without interruption (with at least 75% of the time devoted to research).


The grantee must obtain an academic appointment in a Canadian university or accredited institution and must begin their functions between January 1, 2022 and March 1, 2023.

No later than one month before the beginning of the payment of the operating grant part (part 2), the grantee must provide the Cancer Research Society with an electronic version of the Commitment Form” and the “Disclaimer and Indemnity - Young Investigator  page with the appropriate signatures.

If the grantee has not finished their fellowship or if they have not obtained an academic appointment in a Canadian university or accredited institution by March 1, 2023, the candidate’s part 2 of the award will be cancelled.

Maximum Project Value

Part 1: $50,000

Part 2: $60,000 each year up to $120,000

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

The Scholarship is broken down into two parts and extends over a period of three years.

Special Notes

Please refer to the Office of Research COVID 19 web-page for directives related to research activities at the University of Guelph. 


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit a copy of the application and signed 'Disclaimer and Indemnity - Young Investigator' and 'Commitment Form' along with a complete OR-5 form to

External Deadline

Applicant to submit application and the accompanying documents to Cancer Research Society.

How to Apply

Please follow the instructions on how to apply found under Forms and Instructions on the CRS website.

For Questions, please contact

Dajan O'Donnell/ Irina Navarrete
1 888-766-2262 

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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