KRESCENT 2021 Post-Doctoral Fellowships and New Investigator Award Programs


The Kidney Foundation of Canada

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the Kidney Foundation website for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


A KRESCENT program Post-Doctoral Fellowship is an “in-training” award intended for applicants with a PhD, MD or equivalent degree. The objective is to attract and foster young investigators to initiate and/or continue training in kidney research.

An awardee may not be in receipt of another major personnel award at the same time as holding the Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the KRESCENT program. However, the KRESCENT program will consider approving supplemental funding if a minor stipend has been provided from a local or provincial funding agency.

The KRESCENT program New Investigator Award is awarded to researchers (within three years of their first faculty appointment) who have clearly demonstrated excellence during their pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training in kidney disease and provides salary support for up to three years of the faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor or equivalent at a Canadian University. The purpose of this award is to support the recipient in becoming established as a fully independent investigator in the field of kidney disease.


Applicants for both Post-Doctoral Fellowship and New Investigator Award programs must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants at the time of submission of their application.  Applicants must apply through a university department or affiliated institution that has been accepted as suitable for research training by the KRESCENT program.
 Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Candidates with more than four years of post-Ph.D. training by the competition deadline are not eligible. Applicants with a MD degree must hold license in Canada and be enrolled in a program leading to certification in Canada at the time of applying for this award. 

New Investigator Awards: Researchers within the first three years of their first faculty appointment (Assistant Professor level or equivalent) at the time the Award commences, who hold an MD and/or PhD. New Investigator Awards must be held at universities in Canada.

Maximum Project Value

Post-Doctoral Fellowship -  A KRESCENT program post-doctoral fellowship is an “in-training” award intended for applicants with a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree. The objective is to attract and foster young investigators to initiate and/or continue their training in kidney research. The annual stipend is $65,000 (MD) or $55,000 (Ph.D.) for two to three years.

New Investigator Award -  Applications for this award must be initiated by the university or institution where the candidate will conduct the proposed research. The university or institution is expected to guarantee the applicant appropriate academic rank and to provide adequate space and facilities for the investigator’s research, commensurate with the status of the awardee in terms of experience and level of support by the program. The annual stipend is $ 70,000 (MD) or $65,000 (Ph.D.) for three years. The program also offers to match up to $25,000 of infrastructure support (lab start-up costs and staff).

Indirect Costs


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

Applicant to submit a copy of application along with a complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Applicant: Applications in English must be completed via the on-line application system proposalCENTRALPlease allow extra time to review the system before the application deadline of February 01, 2021.

To apply through this site, you will have to set up a profile, and then search for “KRESCENT” or “Kidney” and fill out the KRESCENT application. The application guidelines for the 2021 KRESCENT Post-Doctoral Fellowships and New Investigator Programs are available on the KRESCENT website and on the proposalCENTRAL website.

Please note:  the French version of the on-line application system is not available at this time.  To apply in French, all forms and guidelines (including the English guidelines) for the 2021 competition can be found on the Krescent website by January 8, 2021.

For Questions, please contact

The Kidney Foundation of Canada

Christine Marquis
Research Grants and Awards Manager
514-369-4806 x232

Office of Research

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

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