Fighting Blindness Canada Clinician Scientist Emerging Leader Award


Fighting Blindness Canada, BMO Financial Group, Bayer Inc. 


Clinician-scientists are essential for the translation of fundamental and pre-clinical research into clinical trials, new treatments and improved patient outcomes. Fighting Blindness Canada’s (FBC’s) Clinician-Scientist Emerging Leader (CSEL) Award aims to strengthen the community of clinician-scientists in Canada, who are ready to collaborate with key stakeholders and researchers across the vision research community. The CSEL Award provides up to two years of research funding to clinician-scientists in training who have demonstrated a keen interest in forging a research career that will complement their clinical practice. This competition is open to applications on any aspect of vision research with the potential to significantly impact the lives of Canadians with a blinding eye disease. 


  • Preferred candidates will have completed or be in their final year of their clinical doctoral degree (OD, MD etc.). The strongest candidates will be currently accepted into or enrolled in an ophthalmology residency or fellowship program at a Canadian institution.
  • Candidates must identify one or more mentors or supervisors who will provide guidance and practical support over the duration of the award. Mentors should be active clinical-scientists with faculty appointments. The research proposal should be developed in collaboration with the mentor.
  • Candidates are ineligible for a CSEL award if they have a tenure-track faculty appointment.
  • Candidates who only hold a PhD (i.e. a non-clinical doctoral degree) are not eligible to apply.
  • Candidates are ineligible if it has been more than eight (8) years since the date of being awarded their clinical doctoral degree. Justified career interruptions will not be included when calculating the eligibility window. Justified career interruptions (career breaks and part-time working) including, but not limited to, parental leave, extended sick leave, medical leave and family care will be considered, but must be described in the application.
  • Candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
  • FBC is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusivity in its research programs. We encourage eligible applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply for our funding opportunities.


This award will provide funding of up to $30,000 a year for two years to a clinician-scientist who has demonstrated an interest in developing a research career to complement their clinical practice.

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page


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

Internal Deadline

 If you wish to be considered for VPR nomination, please submit your Expression of Interest (see How to Apply)  to

External Deadline

How to Apply

The Vice-President (Research) encourages nominations for this prestigious award, and will serve as nominator for those nominees recommended by the Research Honours and Awards Advisory Committee. If you wish to nominate a colleague or to be considered for VPR nomination, please submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to by the internal deadline. 

An Expression of Interest will include:


For More Information

For more information, contact or Larissa Moniz, Director, Research and Mission Programs

Please see FBC Clinician Scientist Emerging Leader Award website for more information. 

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