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Michael G. DeGroote
Fellowship Awards

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How many of each award will be given out each round?
This is dependent on the quality and quantity of applications received.
Are the Fellowships located at McMaster?
Not necessarily. They are located within the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University, which includes affiliations with academic hospitals within Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. Please visit schools and departments associated with the Faculty for more information.
Do I need to pick a supervisor ahead of time?
Yes. The proposed supervisor(s) that a candidate lists in their application must be different than the individual(s) who supervised / are supervising their PhD and their research focus should correspond to the Award category you are applying for (i.e. basic science vs. clinical research).
When is the deadline for applications?
The application deadline is November 1, 2018 at 11:59pm EDT – to apply, click 'Apply Now' on the sidebar.
Can I submit my application in person? By mail? By fax?
No. Applications are only to be submitted online. Reference letters and the confirmation of supervisor support must be sent via email to Please ensure that all application components are received prior to the application deadline.
Who do I address my cover letter to?

Please address cover letters to:

Dr. Jonathan Bramson
Chair, Michael G. DeGroote Fellowship Awards Selection Committee
Faculty of Health Sciences
McMaster University
Are there any specific eligibility criteria?
  • Please note that candidates must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree in order to be eligible for these awards.
  • Only candidates who (a) are external to McMaster, or (b) are registered in a McMaster program but have yet to begin postdoctoral or health professional degree studies at McMaster, or (c) began their postdoctoral or health professional degree studies at McMaster no earlier than January 1, 2018, will be eligible for the awards.
  • For candidates who hold (or are completing) a PhD, the proposed supervisor(s) listed in your application must be different than your PhD supervisor.
  • Priority will be given to those applicants whose graduate training has not been exclusively at McMaster.
Which award category should I apply to?
If you are unsure about whether to apply for the Michael G. DeGroote Fellowship Award in Basic Biomedical Science or the Michael G. DeGroote Fellowship Award in Clinical Research, please email with details on your research and your proposed supervisor and we will recommend the appropriate category.
If I am successful, is there the opportunity to renew the award?
No. Awards are non-renewable.
Are the page limits listed strictly enforced?
Yes. Although we understand that explaining such complex topics as academic background and research proposals in a concise form can be difficult, we must enforce strict page limits due to the number of applications received. Please keep within the page limit while ensuring that your application is still legible and neat.
Can I apply in a department that is not associated with the Faculty of Health Sciences?

No. These awards are only open to those who plan to conduct their research in a department or school (or related centre or institute) that resides in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. For more details, please review the following:

What are the selection criteria for the awards?
Applications will be rated based on the applicant’s track record of publications, grants/fellowships, references and their overall CV, as well as the strength of their proposed research project.
When will the selections be made?
The committee aims to have the selections made approximately one month after the application deadline. All applicants are notified of the result of their application once selections have been made.
What if my proposed supervisor is a member of the selection committee?
You are still eligible to apply. Please note that selection committee members are required to abstain from rating any applications for which they are listed as the proposed supervisor.
What is the start date for the Fellowship?
This is to be determined between the award recipient and their supervisor.
How are the funds from the award to be spent (i.e. salary, research costs)?
This is to be determined between the winner and their supervisor.
I have a question that isn't answered here. What do I do?
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