The Currie Fellowship Program at the Wilson Centre

Overview
The Wilson Centre Fellowship Program

The Wilson Centre Fellowship program was developed to educate researchers to engage in their own  program of high-quality research in health professions education, to collaborate with a diverse set of research colleagues and to train the next generation of researchers in this field. Formally started in 1997 it has mentored over 100 fellows representing a variety of clinical and academic fields. Fellows typically include clinicians from a variety of health professions, as well as an increasing number of graduate students from other fields, who devote 2–5 Years to developing the ability to conduct research in health professions education. Because the Wilson Centre fellowship is not a degree-granting academic program, fellows are enrolled in Master and PhD programs primarily, but not exclusively, at the University of Toronto. The program encourages students from a diverse set of disciplinary and professional domains. Graduates of the Wilson Centre Fellowship Program have taken up leadership positions in health professions education across Canada and internationally.(1)

Undertaking a Wilson Centre fellowship is a major commitment of time and resources. Applicants are required to demonstrate sufficient funding for tuition and living expenses for the minimum two year program. For many  individuals, the cost of undertaking a fellowship can be very high. In 2010 the Wilson Centre announced The Currie Fellowship Program to address this need.

The Currie Fellowship Program at the Wilson Centre was established through a generous gift from Richard and Elizabeth Currie to support the development of leaders in health professions education research. Having previously endowed the Currie Chair in Health Professions Education Research, the Curries provided the second gift in the spirit of developing leadership and academic excellence in health professions education research that would also overcome some of the financial hurdles that prevent the best and brightest from accessing training. The awards were designed to provide sufficient funding to allow health professional trainees or graduate students interested in the health professions, domestic or international, to access training at the Wilson Centre.

The Currie Fellowship Program rests on three pillars: 

1. Academic excellence
• Demonstrates high-level academic accomplishment (see documents required, below)
2. Leadership potential
• Identifies education research as a primary academic focus
• Demonstrates vision
• Has the ability to function as an ambassador for health professions education research
and for The Currie Fellowship Program. [For International students this would involve
learning about the Fellowships and the Wilson Centre environment.]
3. Financial considerations
• Faces obstacles to a health professions research career (tuition, leave from work,
international travel)

Details of the fellowship

The fellowship is for one year.
For the 2017-2018 cycle, and in each subsequent year, the total annual fellowship funding is $50,000.
One fellowship will be awarded annually. The fellowship is renewable for a second year, pending
demonstration of success during the program. For the second year renewal, a two-page statement
indicating accomplishments and plans for the second year should be submitted. The fellowship is not
renewable more than once (total maximum duration of funding is two years).

How to Apply

The next application cycle will be for 2019-20. 

Applicants must meet usual Wilson Centre Fellowship application criteria (see Wilson Centre website).
Briefly, this includes being enrolled in a graduate degree, having a primary supervisor at the Wilson
Centre and making a commitment to be onsite at the Wilson Centre for a minimum of two years. We also
welcome post-doctoral fellows who have a primary supervisor at the Wilson Centre and who will commit
to be onsite for at least one year. There is an additional application procedure for this special funded fellowship.
Application package (all documents must be submitted electronically thewilsoncentre@uhn.on.ca)

1.  Application form
2. Application letter (addressing specific questions below)
3. Current curriculum vitae
4. Transcripts (last competed degree and current postgraduate program, if applicable)
5. Three letters of support (specifically addressing the three criteria: academic excellence,
leadership potential, financial obstacles)

Phase one will be followed by focused interviews of a short list of candidates.
Fellowship Criteria to be addressed in the application letter (These criteria are in addition to the
regular Wilson Centre Fellowship application criteria)

1. The fellowship aims to reward and foster academic excellence.
What are you most proud of in your academic career to date?
2. The fellowship aims to support those who might not be able to access this training otherwise.
What would this funding enable you to accomplish that would otherwise not be possible?
3. The fellowship aims to create leaders in health professions education research.
What opportunities in health professions education research could you create or take advantage of as a result of this fellowship?


Important Dates 2017-18 Application

Deadline: October 31, 2018
Start Date: July 1, 2019 or September 1, 2019
(Then annually thereafter, the October application deadline and July or Sept start date)
Address application to: The Currie Fellowship Program Selection Committee

The Wilson Centre
Toronto General Hospital
200 Elizabeth St., 1ES-559
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C4
thewilsoncentre@uhn.ca [submit application by email please]

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1. Parker K, Shaver J, Hodges BD. (2010) Intersections of creativity in the evaluation of the
Wilson Centre Fellowship Program, Medical Education, 44(1):1095-104.