Owing to strong commitment by the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies at the University of Ottawa and as a result of generous philanthropic support from our alumni, all students that are currently registered in the MD/PhD Program have benefited from full funding throughout their studies.
For example, during their sessions in the MD portion of the program, the tuition fees had been waived since the inauguration of our program in 2010 for each dual degree student.
PhD Tuition Support
As for the Ph.D. portion of the program (Years 3, 4 and 5), MD/PhD students were awarded an admission scholarship of $3,000.00 per session. In addition, all students have received the mandatory stipend from their research supervisor, which is set at a minimum of $19,000.00 per academic year.
Rotations of our students in various laboratories during their summer months before they formally enter the PhD Program full-time have heretofore been financially supported through three “CIHR MD/PhD Program Grants” previously awarded to the Faculty of Medicine.
Medical School Tuition Support
As a result of the increasing financial pressures that the Faculty of Medicine faces in light of recent budgetary constraints at the Province of Ontario level and the federal level (i.e., since the cancellation of future CIHR’s MD/PhD Grant Program support in 2015), we are currently reassessing the extent of monetary tuition support that will be provided during the four years of undergraduate medical school curriculum to each incoming dual degree student after August 2017. We will communicate these changes to our applicants and on our website as soon as possible.
External Financial Support
All students are encouraged to apply for CIHR scholarships and other external scholarships offered to Canadian PhD students. Our students have been successful in obtaining the following awards, as shown in the table below:
INDIVIDUAL AWARD TYPES
NUMBER OF SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS
(19 Eligible Students in Classes 2010-2015)
CIHR Vanier Scholarships
CIHR Graduate Scholarships
CIHR Doctoral Research Award
CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship
Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship
Ontario Graduate Scholarship
Graduate Admission Scholarship
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) has provided MD/PhD students, who meet the 8.0/10 admission average, with an Admission Scholarship. This scholarship is a payment of $3,000.00 per semester, for all semesters within the PhD portion of studies.
Graduate Excellence Scholarship
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) has confirmed that for MD/PhD students who meet the 8.0/10 admission average and have external funding, their Admission Scholarship will be replaced by an Excellence scholarship. This Scholarship will cover graduate tuition costs every semester of the PhD portion of studies.
Graduate Dean’s Scholarship
The Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has confirmed that all MD/PhD students will obtain an additional lump sum payment of $3,000.00 upon receipt of their PhD degree (in Year 5 or 6 of the combined program).