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2020 Scholarship for the Next Generation of Scientists

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 - $150,000 ($75,000 / year)
2020 will mark the Cancer Research Society’s 75th anniversary!

Exceptionally, to celebrate this milestone, the best applicants will be awarded $75,000 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.

IMPORTANT: Applying for only one part of the award is prohibited.*** Scholarships for the Next Generation of Scientists are awarded without possibility for renewal.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruptions this has caused in many institutions across the country, the Cancer Research Society has decided to postpone the deadline for submitting an application to this year’s competition. 

NEW DEADLINE: MAY 22, 2020, 11:59 pm (EST). 

Furthermore, we wish to inform you that this year we will accept non-official copies of the transcripts of graduate university degrees (master and doctorate) as we are aware of the operational challenges many institutions are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You may include these documents with your application package. We will also accept the applications without transcripts if copies are not available before the May 22 deadline.

The Cancer Research Society continues to monitor closely the development of the pandemic and will post on our website any further changes in our program if needed.


1. Applicants

Candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents for the entire scholarship, and must be residing in Canada at the starting date of part 2 (Operating Grant) of the scholarship. 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, 2021 and March 1, 2022.A research associate who wishes to pursue a career as an independent investigator may be eligible to apply.

Applicants whose postdoctoral training have been delayed due to extenuating circumstances are invited to contact the Cancer Research Society to determine their eligibility.

Candidates doing post-doctoral training in the same department in which they received their doctorate degree or accepting an academic position in the same institution in which they did their post-doctoral training may be disqualified.

Candidates must have held a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DMV, etc.) for less than 6 years at the beginning of the fellowship part of the award (part 1). For example, for a scholarship starting on September 1, 2020, a candidate should have obtained his/her doctoral degree after August 31, 2014. In addition, the candidate must have been undergoing postdoctoral training for at least two (2) consecutive years without interruption with at least 75% of the time devoted to research. The same conditions apply to research associates who wish to pursue a career as an independent investigator.
The candidate must obtain an academic appointment in a Canadian university or accredited institution and must begin his/her functions between January 1, 2021 and March 1, 2022.

No later than one month before the beginning of the payment of the operating grant part (part 2), the candidate 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 candidate has not finished his/her fellowship or if he/she has not obtained an academic appointment in a Canadian university or accredited institution by March 1, 2022, the candidate’s part 2 of the award will be cancelled.


The Cancer Research Society funds research projects in the following areas:

  • Fundamental and basic research;
  • Early translational research, including preclinical research, i.e. before atreatment is brought to a patient, including, for example, cellular or animalmodels, biomarkers for diagnostics and prognosis, and imaging;
  • Research studying the environmental causes of cancer including viruses,pollutants, work environment, lifestyle and diet.

The Cancer Research Society does not fund research in the following areas:

  • Clinical trials where treatments on patients are evaluated with variousendpoints;
  • Applied research for the development or improvement of tools such asinstruments, medical devices, software, questionnaires, information tools,patient registries, biobanks, TMA collections, etc.;
  • Psychosocial or social studies including research on remote communities,survivorship, etc.;
  • Health care economics, or any study aiming at measuring the use and costsof the health care system;
  • Any other type of research not included in the main three funded areas.

Please contact us at should you have doubts about the eligibility of your project.

For more information on how to apply, please visit the Scholarships for the Next Generation of Scientists website.

Agency Name: 
Cancer Research Society
Contact Name: 
Penny D'Agnone
Grant Amount: 
1 year, $50,000 + 2 years $150,000
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Friday, May 22, 2020
Internal Deadline: 
Friday, May 8, 2020
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Grant Eligibility: