Fellowship application guidelines

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Your Fellowship training takes place in clinical environment(s) within teaching hospital settings.

In addition to subspecialty training, you will participate in applied laboratory research projects and/or basic research.

Most fellowships are one year in length.

To apply for Forensic Pathology, see how to apply via the G. Raymond Chang Forensic Pathology Fellowship.

Clinical Fellowships: eligibility requirements

As a Clinical Fellow, you must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) to take up training at the University of Toronto. The Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) is not accepted as an alternative to specialist recognition. (As decided by the Postgraduate Dean, Temerty Faculty of Medicine)

International applicants

In addition to the above, you need:

  • Language Requirements: If your first language and/or language of medical school and patient care was neither English nor French, you are required to take the TOEFL iBT. If you completed your residency in Canada, you do not need to submit TOEFL scores. Minimum acceptable scores: overall score of 93 with a minimum score of 24 on the Speaking section. You must have taken the test within the last two years and submit your test results when applying. 
  • Work Permit (VISA): You require a work permit if you are not a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident. The Temerty Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Medical Education Office will provide the necessary document(s) as required from the Canadian government office (Canadian Embassy, Consulate, High Commission, etc.) in your country of origin. You will have to pay a non-refundable visa-processing fee at the time of application. 
  • Pre-Entry Assessment Program: If you are an International Medical School Graduate, you must complete the Pre-Entry Assessment Program (PEAP) prior to commencing a Clinical Fellowship training program. The program is from four to 12 weeks in duration and is administered by LMP faculty. 

National Residency Matching Program (NRMP)

If you have also applied to the US match through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), please be advised that the University of Toronto is a participating institution and adheres to the match policy.

The policy states that "Applicants who have matched to a program or have accepted a position during the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP), shall not apply for, discuss, interview for, or accept a concurrent year position in another program prior to the NRMP granting the requested waiver".

View the policies on the NRMP website.

Clinical Fellowships: availability and how to apply

Applications for July 2025 will be accepted from July 1 to September 1, 2024.

Applications for July 2024 are no longer being accepted.

Deadline: September 1, 2025

You must ask three referees to send reference letters directly to the LMP Postgraduate Programs Office (lmp.pg@utoronto.ca).

For those applying to the Transfusion Medicine AFC Fellowship, one reference letter must be from your current Program Director.

We will disregard any additional letters or reference letters received after the application deadline. Applications with no reference letters will be rejected. 

Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to inform you if all/any reference letters have been received. Please check with your references directly. 

If you have funding external to the University of Toronto supervisor or if you intend to be self-funded, you must supply written evidence of sponsorship/funding.

If you are from a country with a sponsorship agreement with our PGME office

Do not apply through this web page. You must apply directly through the PGME's STAR system.

Further information on sponsored fellowships

Fellowships Available for 2025-2026 (Applications for July 2024 are no longer being accepted)

Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology

Breast Pathology



Endocrine Pathology

Gastrointestinal (GI) Pathology

Genitourinary (GU) Pathology

Gynecologic Pathology

Head and Neck Pathology

Hematological Pathology

Liver Pathology

Lung Pathology


Multi-site Neuropathology (available to sponsored applicants only)

Pediatric Hematological Pathology

Pediatric Pathology

Pediatric Neuropathology (available to sponsored applicants only)

Perinatal Pathology

Renal Pathology

Surgical Pathology

Transfusion Medicine 

Funding for Fellowships

Fellowships can be funded by a variety of sources, including hospital funds, pharmaceutical firms, agencies and institutions, etc.

You can also self-fund your Fellowship training but must supply written evidence of funding.

The University of Toronto, Temerty Faculty of Medicine also has sponsorship agreements with various governments regarding training at the University.

If you are an applicant from one these countries, you must have the approval of the sponsor involved. Your sponsor must contact the Temerty Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Medical Education Office (PGME) directly with approval before formally applying to a program.  

More details on applying for residency training Post MD Education (see under International Residency Applications)

Regardless of the source of funding, foreign national applicants must be remunerated at a rate commensurate with that of a Canadian performing the same duties in the same location of work as the foreign national. 

Contact us

Postgraduate Office

Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology
1 King's College Circle, Rm 6231
Toronto, ON M5S 1A8

Fax: 416-978-7361

Paula Nixon

Postgraduate Education Officer

Paula Nixon

Phone: 416-978-7535