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Training a New Generation of Researchers

​​We prepare graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for careers in the rapidly expanding field of rehabilitation research. We are home to more than 200 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. They are cherished members of our research family.

Our Scholarship program and Leadership Award are two key ways we encourage the next generation of researchers.


Toronto Rehab Scholarship in Rehabilitation-related Research for Students with Disabilities

20,000 TR scholarship for disabilityThis $20,000 scholarship supports the education and training of master's and doctoral students with disabilities who are studying in a rehabilitation-related field and who intend to contribute to rehabilitation sciences as researchers.

Whether you are a graduate student or an undergraduate student completing your final year or you have previously completed your undergraduate or master's degree, this may be an opportunity for you.

We view the scholarship as more than an academic award. We believe that people with disabilities should be active in planning and conducting research. The scholarship is intended to act as a spur to encourage people with disabilities to pursue rehabilitation-related research.

“Research is an investment in the future – and so are scholarships,” says Dr. Geoff Fernie, institute director of research at Toronto Rehab. “We believe this exciting scholarship will open doors to careers in rehabilitation research for top graduate students."

In addition to providing a monetary award, the Scholarship Committee actively works with each of our scholars to support their academic and research success and their future career goals.

We established our scholarship program for students with disabilities in 2005 with a pledge of $300,000 from TD Grants in Medical Education from the TD Bank Financial Group.

Scholarship Open House

Updated! Please note that the address for this event has been changed. It is at 550 University Avenue.​

Join us this November to learn about the Toronto Rehab Scholarship in Rehabilitation-related Research for Students with Disabilities.

When:  Wednesday, November 6, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Where: Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Room 10-204, 550 University Avenue, Toronto

RSVP:   Please contact Aoife Conway by phone at 416 597 3422 ext. 7800 or by email at

Download the PDF icon image flyer for our Scholarship Open House.

How to Apply for the Scholarship

Applications are due by February 11, 2014. You can find detailed information about the application process, as well as the application form, below:

Word Icon Application Guidelines

PDF icon image Application Form

PDF icon image Scholarship FAQs


Mark Rochon Leadership Award in Rehabilitation Sciences

We also sponsor the Mark Rochon Leadership Award in Rehabilitation Sciences, established in recognition and celebration of Mark Rochon, Toronto Rehab’s former CEO. A highly respected and influential health care leader, Mr. Rochon was a driving force in the evolution of Toronto Rehab into one of the world’s most prominent health science centres focused on rehabilitation. His passion for and his belief in research and the development of the next generation of leaders are the impetus for this important and prestigious award.

The award is valued at $10,000 and is available for a student entering a master’s or PhD program in a field of study related to rehabilitation sciences, beginning her or his first year of full-time studies during this academic year. The award is renewable for 1 additional year for a master’s level student and 2 additional years for a PhD student. The student must have at least an A- average.

Preference will be given to a student who has demonstrated leadership qualities through extracurricular activities, community service and/or other personal achievements. Additional preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated commitment to Toronto Rehab by providing service as a volunteer in patient care or research.



For more information about our Scholarship program and our Leadership Award, contact:

Lois Ward, AOS (NY)
Manager, Research Operations
Phone: 416 597 3422 ext. 7600