Call for GIPPEC Fellows


The Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care (GIPPEC) is devoted to supporting and developing interdisciplinary research that addresses medical, psychosocial and societal problems related to advanced and terminal disease. GIPPEC aims to support and build local, national and international research collaboration, to generate meaningful evidence to inform health policy, clinical practice and public awareness, and to improve global access to psychosocial and palliative care for individuals with advanced and terminal disease and their families.  The interdisciplinary scholarship that emerges from GIPPEC is intended to add depth and breadth to discussion, debate and decision-making at all levels regarding the complex and often controversial medical, legal and ethical issues that arise related to progressive disease and the end of life.

GIPPEC’s trainee program is an opportunity for learners to develop and build research skills in areas relevant to palliative care and to develop meaningful lines of research within well-developed research teams. GIPPEC trainee opportunities provide research mentorship, training, infrastructure and the opportunity to engage with an interdisciplinary network of scholars and investigators pursuing groundbreaking research in the field. 




Open call.  


One month after receipt of application.


This is an unfunded trainee position through GIPPEC, which is an institute of the University of Toronto and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.


Trainee placements will be awarded for one year, with the possibility for extension, dependant on preformance.


All candidates who meet the requirements listed below are invited to apply:

  • Doctorate (all disciplines) or Medical Specialist.
  • Supervisor affiliated with GIPPEC.


  • Trainees may be asked to complete progress reports throughout their fellowship term.
  • Trainees may be asked to present at a GIPPEC event.

Application Details

To be considered, applicants must submit the following:

  • CV
  • Personal statement describing career aspirations and how the GIPPEC Trainee Program will further these goals (max 1 page)
  • An overview of research (max 2 pages):
    • Background on proposed research
    • Proposed research question
    • Goals and objectives
      • ​Applicants must be prepared to have a minimum of two scholarly manuscripts ready to submit for peer reviewed publication
        • Plan for carrying out research (i.e. how the work between the organizations will function, what languages will the interviews/analysis be in, how you will spend your time in Canada)
        • Study design and patient population
        • Timeframe for study
        • Resources required for study *Please include any country/institutional requirements (with timelines)
  • Proof of funding document (i.e. bank statement, proof of funding from institution, etc.). Funds must be able to cover expenses for living, travel, entertainment, etc. for trainee and dependents for the duration of the placement.
  • Two letters of reference from an academic advisor/supervisor
  • Successful completion of a English-langauge test such as the TOEFL® Test

Applications will be reviewed by GIPPEC Executive or delegates. Please allow one month for a response.


Completed application should be sent as one PDF file to


Please direct any questions to:

Athena Nicholas-Figliomeni

Education Coordinator, GIPPEC

How to Apply

Closing Date: Open Ended

Contact: Athena Nicholas-Figliomeni


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