Nursing Student Research Opportunities

At Bloomberg Nursing, we encourage our students at all levels of our nursing program to engage in research. Our unique Rosenstadt Research Development Program offers students the opportunity to experience the research process. The Rosenstadt Doctoral Dissertation Support Grant provides financial support to our doctoral students as they complete their dissertation research.

Bloomberg Nursing students are also eligible to participate in the University of Toronto’s Work Study program, which exposes students to research through a part-time employment opportunity. Visit the University’s Career Learning Network for postings.

Rosenstadt Doctor of Nursing Thesis Support Grant

Bloomberg Nursing provides an annual funding opportunity designed to assist eligible Doctor of Nursing students through the Rosenstadt Doctor of Nursing Thesis Support Grant (to be awarded in the spring). This program supports research undertaken as part of the academic program to qualify for the Doctor of Nursing degree at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. It supports some of the data collection costs for students in good standing in the program, who are making timely progress towards their degrees. Students may receive only one DN grant throughout their program of study.

Application Requirements

Funding Available: Each award is valued at up to $1,000. The number of awards per competition may vary.

Eligibility

Doctor of Nursing students may apply for this award provided:

  • They are registered in the Doctor of Nursing degree program at Bloomberg Nursing
  • They are in good standing in that program (the Research Office will verify this with the Registrar's Office)
  • They have successfully defended the thesis proposal
  • They are at the data collection phase of the thesis

Application Review Process

All applications will be reviewed by the Bloomberg Nursing Research Committee

Evaluation

Applications will be evaluated on financial need and merit

  • Need: Including, but not limited to, the statement of need, clarity and appropriateness of the budget and its justification, and supervisor's comments on the budget
  • Merit: Accomplishments during the DN, including publications, presentations and awards (submitted and granted), supervisor recommendation, and clarity of the proposal

Application Procedure

Doctor of Nursing students wishing to apply should submit:

  • Application form:
    • Cover page
    • Thesis abstract (3500 characters with spaces)
    • Rationale describing the student's needs for funding (one page maximum)
    • A detailed budget for the expenses (one page maximum; use the table provided in the application form as a template)
    • A statement from the student's supervisor addressing: the significance of the project (scholarship), academic progress (thesis and/or course-work), productivity, financial need, and exceptional circumstances (one page maximum)
  • Current CV
  • Record of grades (screenshot of ROSI/QUERCUS is acceptable; do not use official transcripts

Eligible Expenses (for student or study participants)

  • Photocopying
  • Postage
  • Travel or parking related to study data collection
  • Incidental thesis research expenses - small equipment, recorders, software, transcription, data entry, software licenses, participant compensation
  • Licensing fees for questionnaires

Note: NVivo, REDCap and Covidence are available through the University of Toronto at no cost to registered students.

Doctor of Nursing students are entitled to statistical consultation with the faculty research dat analyst

Ineligible Expenses

  • Travel to conferences and meetings
  • Knowledge dissemination
  • Personnel costs are not normally covered by this award

Grant Administration Process

The Doctor of Nursing Grants program will be administered through the Office of Research & External Relations, LSBFON, using the grant administration guidelines of the federal granting agencies in Canada (https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/InterAgency-Interorganismes/TAFA-AFTO/guide-guide_eng.asp).

For more information, please contact research.nursing@utoronto.ca.

Important Dates

This opportunity is now closed. Stay tuned for the next competition.

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Rosenstadt Doctoral Dissertation Support

Bloomberg Nursing provides a biannual funding opportunity designed to assist eligible PhD students through the Rosenstadt Doctoral Dissertation program. This program supports research undertaken as part of the academic program to qualify for a Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing) at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. The dissertation award supports some of the data collection costs for students in good standing in the program, who are making timely progress towards their degrees. Students may receive only one dissertation grant throughout their program.

Application Requirements

Funding Available: Each award is valued at $1,000. The number of awards per competition may vary. There is generally a competition in the fall and the spring.

Eligibility

PhD students may apply for this award provided:

  • They are registered in the PhD degree program at Bloomberg Nursing
  • They are in good standing in that program
  • They have completed all course requirements for the degree
  • They have successfully defended the dissertation proposal
  • They are at the data collection phase of the dissertation
  • They are no higher than year 4 of the program
  • They have not received any other funding to support these specific dissertation activities – including the SGS Doctoral Completion Award (or other awards with a dedicated research allowance)
  • They have submitted a Research Ethics Board (REB) application for their study

Application Review Process

All applications will be reviewed by the Bloomberg Nursing Research Committee.

Evaluation

Applications will be evaluated on financial need and merit.

  • Need: Including but not limited to, the statement of need, clarity and appropriateness of the budget and its justification, supervisor’s comments on the budget, and statement of all funding received/applied for (including scholarships, funding package, and other awards)
  • Merit: Accomplishments during the PhD, including publications, presentations and awards (submitted and/or granted), supervisor recommendation, contribution to faculty, professional activities, other contributions; and clarity of the proposal

Application Procedure

PhD students wishing to apply should submit one copy of the following materials:

  • Application form
  • Cover page
  • Research abstract (3500 characters with spaces)
  • Rationale describing the student’s needs for funding (one page maximum)
  • A detailed budget for expenses (one page maximum; use the table provided in the application form as a template)
  • A detailed statement of funding received and applied for from other sources (one page maximum; use the table provided in the application form as a template)
  • A statement from the student’s supervisor, addressing: the significance of the project (scholarship), academic progress to date (thesis and/or course work, awards applied for/received), productivity, financial need, and exceptional circumstances (one page maximum)
  • Current CV
  • Record of Grades (ACORN or QUERCUS screenshot acceptable – do not use official transcripts)
  • REB approval or proof of REB submission (e.g., screenshot from MRHP of submitted folder or status history)

Eligible Expenses:

  • Photocopying
  • Postage
  • Travel or parking related to study data collection
  • Incidental dissertation research expenses – small equipment, recorders, software, transcription, data entry, software licenses, participant compensation
  • Licensing fees for questionnaires

Note: NVivo licenses, REDCap and Covidence are available at no cost to registered students.

Ineligible Expenses

  • Travel to conferences and meetings
  • Knowledge dissemination costs
  • Personnel costs are not normally covered by this award

Note: Doctoral students are entitled to statistical consultation with the faculty research data analyst

Grant Administration Process:

The doctoral research dissertation grants program will be administered through the Office of Research & External Relations, LSBFON, using the grant administration guidelines of the federal granting agencies in Canada.

For more information, please contact research.nursing@utoronto.ca.

Important Dates

This competition is now closed. The next competition will open in Fall 2024.

External doctoral student funding opportunities

If you belong to any professional association or are employed at a hospital, check their sites for funds available.

PhD students cannot hold funds as an independent researcher at the University – work with your supervisor to identify appropriate opportunities and when your supervisor or committee members should be included as co-principal investigator(s)

Always contact the Research Office (research.nursing@utoronto.ca) to find out about administrative requirements.

Please note: application deadlines and funds available may vary year to year. PhD students may also take advantage of our statistical consulting service and other supports, including budget, grant planning, editing, and CV.

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Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows

Find out about the Provost's Postdoctoral Fellows

The Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship (PPDF) is an excellent opportunity for researchers from underrepresented groups to undertake funded research. This highly competitive fellowship enables postdoctoral researchers to develop their careers.

This University of Toronto-wide award is open to both domestic and international post-graduates who identify as Indigenous to Turtle Island and/or Black. Nominees must demonstrate academic excellence and high potential for success in their chosen fields; have obtained a doctoral degree (normally within the last five years from the start date of funding or at the time the fellowship begins); not have held the PPDF previously; and not concurrently hold another major fellowship.

Full details, including eligibility, selection criteria, and how to apply, can be found here.

Those interested in pursuing a PPDF at the Faculty of Nursing should first identify a faculty member with whom they wish to work.

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Bloomberg Nursing is the ideal setting for postdoctoral fellows to transition from graduate student studies to independent scholarship. Join our research-intensive environment with world-leading nursing scholars.

Apply to be a Bloomberg Nursing postdoctoral fellow

Applicants who wish to pursue postdoctoral training should contact a faculty members accepting trainees to discuss their interests and work with them to develop an appropriate faculty supervisor/postdoctoral fellow arrangement. Find a faculty member in our searchable directory by research interest.

Once the supervisor/postdoctoral fellow arrangement has been established, the applicant should compile the following items and submit them to Kelly Metcalfe, RN, PhD, FCAHS, FAAN, Associate Dean Research and External Relations, by email (research.nursing@utoronto.ca):

  1. Statement of interest, identifying the supervisor, describing planned research projects and training goals, and naming two referees (five-page limit, single spaced)
  2. Recent curriculum vitae (no page limit)
  3. Letter from potential Bloomberg Nursing postdoctoral supervisor describing training plans, funding source and amount (two-page limit, single spaced)

Postdoctoral fellows are funded from a variety of sources, secured either by the fellows themselves or their faculty supervisors. Fellows can secure funding from external granting agencies, and fellowship programs, or may be offered funding from their faculty supervisors’ grant or research resources.

Compensation, regardless of funding source, must meet the $36,061 minimum annual stipend as outlined by the University of Toronto. Postdoctoral fellows at Bloomberg Nursing are subject to the policies and procedures for postdoctoral fellows of the University of Toronto.

Postdoctoral fellows at the University of Toronto are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (Local 3902, Unit 5).

Important Details

CUPE 3902 Unit 5

Postdoctoral Fellows and their contracts

Pay and Benefits

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Rosenstadt Research Development Program

The Rosenstadt Research Development Program at Bloomberg Nursing is a unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate (MN) nursing students to be exposed to nursing research during the academic year - and be paid for it. The program is linked with the University of Toronto’s work-study program.

Overview

Nursing students are embedded within a faculty member's program of research from September to March and participate in formalized research development sessions. Attendance at all sessions earns students a certificate of Completion to add to their Learning Portfolio. Sessiosn are held in-personand/or virtually overl unch and are considered paid time. This is a part-time research opportunity: accepted students work roughly 10-12 hours per week over the program duration.

Planned research development sessions*:

  • Welcome to the RRDP: Orientation and meet your fellow students
  • How to conduct a literature search
  • The path to a PhD/DN
  • Writing for publication/presentation
  • Nurse scientist careers

*Topics may vary year to year

Student Eligibility: The student must be enrolled for the fall and winter term in either the BScN Program (Year One or Two), or the Master of Nursing Program. PhD students are not eligible for the RDDP. The student must be enrolled in at least a 40% course load continuously from September to April, totalling at least 2.0 credits (minimum would be 0.5 credits in one session and 1.5 credits in the other). International undergraduate and graduate students studying on a full-time basis continuously from September to April, subject to federal government requirements (see Government of Canada website for rules and regulations) are eligible. Students may only accept one position.

Sessional Dates

The 2023-2024 program is now closed for applications. The next program will launch in summer 2024. Positions will be posted here in mid-August 2024; students may apply from mid-August to mid-September. Start date is early September and positions end March 31. (Dates approximate.) Faculty members review postings and hire students on a rolling basis.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through the University of Toronto’s Work Study Program (https://clnx.utoronto.ca/students/overview.htm). Log into this portal and search for the position number(s) you are interested in (see below for position numbers, next to faculty members’ names). Submit your application.  Applications sent to the research office or to individual faculty members will not be accepted.

For more information, please contact research.nursing@utoronto.ca.

What did our students say about the program?

"Being a part of the Rosenstadt Research Development Program was a wonderful experience and I would encourage all students to apply. The program allowed me to gain tangible research skills, such as conducting effective literature reviews as well as explore new topics in nursing and my career directions. The program challenged me to think about problems differently and I found myself applying these skills in course work, practice, and beyond." Larkin Davenport Huyer, BScN Student

Positions available:

No positions available; the program will launch again in summer 2024.

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