Bringing together Ontario’s next generation of cancer researchers

Rising Stars is a pan-Ontario network for students and trainees working in cancer research at the graduate (master’s, PhD) and postdoctoral level. The Network facilitates events, workshops, seminars and awards to highlight trainee research and provide opportunities for trainees to collaborate, boost their skills, and strengthen their network.

Join Rising Stars to spark collaborations, strengthen your network and elevate the impact of your research.

Sign up for the network below to gain access to:

  • The Rising Stars Speaker Series featuring top trainee research;
  • Workshops on sought-after professional skills;
  • New funding opportunities for trainees (travel awards and scholarships);
  • Conference meet-ups and networking events;
  • The Rising Stars Mentorship kick start program; and
  • The latest local trainee research delivered right to your mailbox.

For further information please email rising.stars@oicr.on.ca.

2021 OICR Rising Stars Awards – Now accepting applications

The OICR Rising Stars Award aims to highlight world-class trainees and students across Ontario by supporting those who demonstrate leadership, community engagement and a high standard of scholarly achievement in cancer research. Eligible applications will be accepted until February 19, 2021.

OICR Rising Stars Award – Call for Applications

Frequently asked questions

  • I defended my PhD and started my postdoctoral fellowship in the past calendar year. Which category of awards should I apply to?
    All applicants should apply to the award category that best represents their current career stage. Reviewers will be asked to consider time spent in the program when making their assessments. Candidates are encouraged to highlight academic, community involvement and leadership contributions.
  • What should I be highlighting in the one-page personal statement?
    The Ontario Rising Stars in Cancer Research Network (Rising Stars) awards program aims to recognize world-class postdoctoral trainees and students across Ontario by highlighting those who demonstrate scientific potential and a high standard of scholarly achievement in cancer research as well as community engagement and leadership. The one-page personal statement should highlight a candidate’s excellence in cancer research and academic achievement; demonstrated leadership in the cancer research community and beyond; and any demonstrated community engagement impacting local communities or society at large.
  • What if  I am applying to the PDF awards category and I don’t have a published paper or preprint available to submit?
    We recognize that there are often factors beyond a candidate’s control that might impact their ability to have a publication or pre-print available for submission. As such, candidates may submit an excerpt from their thesis which highlights an important contribution to cancer research, published conference proceedings. Should none of these be available, candidates are welcome to submit a half-page description of special circumstances explaining why they are unable to submit any of the above.

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