Fellowship application guidelines

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

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

Your Fellowship can last one or two years.

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 instituion 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.

Research Fellowships: eligibility requirements

You must have a medical degree from a recognized Medical School.

You do not need an educational license (Certificate of Registration for Postgraduate Education) from the CPSO nor malpractice insurance from the CMPA because, as a Research Fellow, you are prohibited from having any patient contact during your training. 

Research fellowships are processed four times per year (September, December, March, June). Please contact the Postgraduate Office (pathology.residency@utoronto.ca) for information on how to apply for a research fellowship.

Please note that certificates will not be issued for research fellowships.

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. 

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. 

Application process for Clinical Fellowships

Applications for July 2022 are no longer being accepted.

Apply in July 2022 for a fellowship starting July 2023. 

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

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, you must supply written evidence of sponsorship from the external agency such as your home university, hospital, a pharmaceutical company, government agency, or grant secured etc. 

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


Sue Balaga

Postgraduate Assistant

Sue Balaga

Phone: 416-978-3128