Cecil Yip Doctoral Research Award

Available to first-year doctoral students

The Cecil Yip Doctoral Research Award provides financial support to doctoral-stream students (domestic or international) in an eligible graduate program represented at the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research.

The fit of the candidate’s research interests, proposed work and background with the mandate of the Donnelly Centre to conduct innovative and highly collaborative work that crosses formal disciplinary boundaries will be taken into consideration by the award committee.

The award was established by the Yip family as a tribute to Professor Cecil Yip, who was former Vice-Dean, Research in the Faculty of Medicine and a key player in both the ideology and eventual realization of the Donnelly Centre.

Award Value and Duration

Up to ten awards of $3,000 each will be awarded.

Award is non-renewable but may be held concurrently with other graduate awards. Graduate students in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine are subject to harmonized stipend guidelines, where the award will be payable over two years at $1,500/year. Award payment to students who are currently in Master's programs will be delayed until after their successful reclassification to a PhD program.

Award payments will be arranged through ROSI.


Applicants must have completed less than 12 months of their current graduate program and be supervised by a Donnelly Centre faculty member.

Graduate programs targeted for this award include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Institute of Biomedical Engineering
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Physics

Direct-entry PhD students or those who intend to reclassify into a PhD program, and are actively enrolled and in good standing, are eligible to apply if they have completed less than 12 months of their current graduate program as of April 19, 2024.

Application Requirements

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One-page statement of research interest expressing fit with the Donnelly Centre mandate
  • Most recent official transcripts, including undergraduate grades (e-copies acceptable)
  • Two reference letters (one from Donnelly Centre faculty supervisor)

Referees must send their letters to ccbr.info@utoronto.ca, with the following subject line: [Candidate's First and Last Name] - 2024 Cecil Yip Award

The deadline for applications is May 23, 2024.


Applications are accepted only via nomination by the faculty supervisor. Nominations must be sent to ccbr.info@utoronto.ca.

Contact ccbr.info@utoronto.ca if you have questions about the award or application process. Include "Cecil Yip Award" in the subject line.