Graduate Student Scholarship Awards

Holland Bloorview's research institute is committed to supporting the next generation of rehabilitation researchers. We are pleased to offer student scholarships to encourage young researchers in the field of childhood disability. 

The 2019-2020 awards application process is now open! Please see below to learn more about the scholarships offered and how to apply. 

Awards


Kimel Graduate Student Scholarships

There are two Kimel Graduate Student Scholarships available at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

1. Kimel Graduate Student Scholarship in Pediatric Rehabilitation
2. Kimel Graduate Student Scholarship in Pediatric Disability
The Kimel Family Fund has made available two Kimel Family Graduate Student Scholarships in Pediatric Rehabilitation and two Kimel Family Graduate Student Scholarships in Pediatric Disability.

Award

The awards are comprised of $20,000 CAD each for one year and are not renewable.

Eligibility

Eligibility for the Kimel Graduate Student Scholarships include:

  • Enrollment in a full-time graduate degree program (MSc or PhD) at the University of Toronto
  • Primary supervision by a University of Toronto faculty member holding a research appointment at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Students can only be the recipient of one Holland Bloorview Graduate Student Award per academic degree

*Students holding any major external awards (i.e. CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) are not eligible for a Graduate Student Award*

Terms and conditions

The award holder(s) must be registered in the eligible graduate (Masters or PhD) program for at least 14 weeks of any term for which they hold the award. Repayment of the award is required if a student is registered fewer than 14 weeks in any term, or withdraws from the program prematurely. Awards are automatically used to pay the student’s outstanding tuition fees from the previous year.
Acknowledgement

Award recipients are expected to acknowledge, in all presentations and publications, that their research was supported by The Kimel Family Graduate Student Scholarship in Pediatric Rehabilitation Award from the Bloorview Research Institute, the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation and the University of Toronto. Recipients will be requested to write a thank you letter to the donor.


Whipper Watson Graduate Research Studentship Award

There is one Whipper Watson Graduate Research Studentship Award available at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. This award is funded in the memory of Whipper “Billy” Watson, a Toronto legend and wrestler, known for his charitable work for children with disabilities.

Award

The award is comprised of $10,000 CAD for one year and is not renewable.

Eligibility

Eligibility for Whipper Watson Graduate Student Award includes:

  • Enrollment in a full-time graduate degree program (MSc or PhD) at the University of Toronto
  • Primary supervision by a University of Toronto faculty member holding a research appointment at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Students can only be the recipient of one Holland Bloorview Graduate Student Award per academic degree

*Students holding any major external awards (i.e. CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) are not eligible for a Graduate Student Award*

Acknowledgement

The award recipient is expected to acknowledge, in all presentations and publications, that their research was supported by the Whipper Watson Award from Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.


Holland Bloorview Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship

There are two Holland Bloorview Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship Awards available at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

Award

Each award is comprised of $10,000 CAD for one year and is not renewable.
Eligibility
Eligibility for the Holland Bloorview Foundation Graduate Student Awards include:

  • Enrollment in a full-time graduate degree program (MSc or PhD) at the University of Toronto
  • Primary supervision by a University of Toronto faculty member holding a research appointment at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Students can only be the recipient of one Holland Bloorview Graduate Student Award per academic degree

*Students holding any major external awards (i.e. CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) are not eligible for a Graduate Student Award*
Acknowledgement 
Award recipients are expected to acknowledge, in all presentations and publications, that their research was supported by the Holland Bloorview Foundation Graduate Student Award Program.

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Application Guidelines

Please review the application guidelines below:

  • Supervisor must agree to make adequate resources available to support the costs of each student’s research
  • Application materials are to be submitted electronically in one PDF file
  • Application attachments should be typewritten with a minimum 12 point font with one inch margins
  • Submit only one application for all awards

All applications MUST be received by no later than May 15, 2019 at 5 p.m. (EST). Materials received after this date will not be accepted.


Application Form

To apply for the Graduate Student Scholarships Awards, complete the application form.

 


Application Information

Adjudication

A Graduate Student Award Selection Committee will be appointed to review each application. The committee will be comprised of scientists, adjunct scientists and post-doctoral fellows from the Bloorview Research Institute and clinicians at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

Duration of award(s)

The effective period of the award is one year: September 1, 2019 to August 30, 2020. Successful candidates will be notified after June 15, 2019.

Payment

To activate the award, successful recipients must indicate, by letter or e-mail, acceptance of the award.

For more information about the Graduate Student Awards, please contact:

Shalini Rajeshwaran, HR and Trainee Coordinator
Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
150 Kilgour Road Toronto, Ontario M4G 1R8
Tel: (416) 425-6220 ext. 6432
Fax: (416) 425-1634
E-mail: srajeshwaran[at]hollandbloorview[dot]ca

Past Recipients


2018-2019 Scholarship Award Recipients

Click here for the 2018-2019 scholarship award recipients


2017-2018 Scholarship Award Recipients

The BRI congratulates the 2017-2018 Graduate Student Scholarship Award recipients:

Kimel Family Graduate Student Scholarship in Paediatric Rehabilitation:

Keelia Quinn De Launay

Keelia Quinn De Launay

Project: The effect of multi-session transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on cognitive dual task performance in youth with persisting concussion symptoms

"I am extremely grateful to have received a Kimel Graduate Student Scholarship in Paediatric Rehabilitation, and am motivated by the Kimel family’s generous investment in paediatric clinical research. This award will enable me to explore novel therapeutic interventions for children and youth seeking neurorehabilitation services following brain injury. It is my hope that the work I conduct during my award tenure will encourage new discovery in the exciting neurorehabilitation research area of non-invasive brain stimulation, with the goal of one day impacting the clinical care available for clients and families both within and beyond the walls of Holland Bloorview."

Meaghan Walker

Meaghan Walker

Project: Children's experiences' accessing weight management services and supports

"I am honoured to have received the Kimel Family Graduate Student Scholarship in Paediatric Rehabilitation. This award will enable me to continue to conduct research exploring the services and supports required for children with spina bifida or autism spectrum disorder and overweight/obesity. During this award tenure, I hope not only to complete my study but to identify and communicate key messages to multiple stakeholder groups including clinicians, children, parents, and researchers. It is very important to me that my research reaches audiences beyond academia to ensure that it can spark conversations and be a catalyst for the creation or adaptation of services and supports to best meet the needs of this underserved population."

Kimel Family Graduate Student Scholarship in Paediatric Disability Research:

Patrick Jachyra

Patrick Jachyra

Project: Enhancing physical activity for young people with autism spectrum disorder

"I am humbled and indebted to the Kimel Family in providing me with this opportunity. Receiving this scholarship inspires me to conduct research that knows no boundaries. I firmly believe that my research can leverage and model social change as my research is generating new knowledge about the habits, patterns and social-contextual factors that shape physical activity participation among children and adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. I endeavor for my research to mobilize knowledge to action by informing policy, clinical practice, and educational pedagogy in a concerted effort to enhance their health and well-being throughout the life-course." 

Ellen Drumm

Ellen Drumm

Project: Developing a grounded theory: Good care during the diagnostic feedback meeting for autism

"I am so grateful to be connected with the vibrant community of researchers, clinicians, and families at Holland Bloorview. My experiences as a staff and student at Holland Bloorview laid a strong foundation for my doctoral research. I am in the midst of interviewing parents who have recently received a diagnosis of autism for their young child, in order to build an understanding of what constitutes ‘good care’ during the diagnostic feedback meeting for autism. I look forward to sharing my findings with the compassionate and dedicated clinicians at Holland Bloorview as well as other clinicians and researchers around the world! Thank you to the Kimel family for their truly generous support of this project."

"Whipper" Watson Graduate Studentship Award:

Brock Laschowski

Brock Laschowski

Project: Optimization-based motor control of amputee gait: Applications of musculoskeletal modelling and predictive simulation

"I’m honored to receive the Whipper Watson Graduate Research Scholarship by the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital for my doctoral research (i.e., optimal control of robotic transfemoral prostheses). Robotic prostheses have the unique capacity to assist transfemoral amputees in executing ambulatory movements that require positive mechanical work (e.g., stair/slope ascent), in addition to circumventing many of the deficits associated with traditional passive prostheses (e.g., excessive metabolic energy expenditure). Unfortunately, there is little-to-no research conducted in Canada regarding the advancement of these promising assistive technologies. I’m therefore appreciative of the opportunity to explore and contribute to such novel research amongst Canadian scientists and engineers."

The Holland Bloorview Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship:

Eric Smart

Eric Smart

Project: Negotiating parent and service provider therapy expectations in paediatric rehabilitation

"I am beyond grateful for receiving a Holland Bloorview Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship Award. This funding provides needed support for my doctoral research on how to more effectively translate the ideals of family-centred care models into actual clinical practice using a better understanding of the expectations clients and service providers bring into therapy sessions."

Sina Panahandeh

Sina Panahandeh

Project: Discovering homogeneous subgroups in autism spectrum disorder using brain and behaviour data

"I am very excited to be the selected recipient of the Holland Bloorview Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship. This scholarship allows me to investigate brain characteristics of the autism population which can ultimately improve personalized treatments."


2016-2017 Scholarship Award Recipients

The BRI congratulates the 2016-2017 Graduate Student Scholarship Award recipients: 

Kimel Family Graduate Student Scholarship in Paediatric Rehabilitation:

Katie Mah

Katie Mah

"I am extremely honoured to have been named a recipient of the Kimel Family Graduate Student Scholarship in Paediatric Rehabilitation. Winning this award signals to me that qualitative arts-based research methods are gaining recognition for the ability to access knowledge beyond spoken knowledge. This is integral to better understanding our population of clients and families at Holland Bloorview. During my award tenure I hope to not only complete my doctoral work, but also to use arts-based dissemination methods to reach audiences beyond academia, and to promote the importance of accessing children’s knowledges in health research."

Sam Shi

Sam Shi

"As a recipient of the Kimel Graduate Student Scholarship in Paediatric Rehabilitation this year, I feel very grateful and honoured. This scholarship will greatly assist me in my current research in paediatric prosthetic technologies. I would like to thank the Kimel Family for their generous support in my endeavor. And I truly hope to live up to it by continuing to deliver great work."

Kimel Family Graduate Student Scholarship in Paediatric Disability Research:

Patrick Jachyra

Patrick Jachyra

"It is a honour and a privilege to receive the Kimel Family Graduate Student Scholarship in Paediatric Disability Research. This graduate student scholarship enables me conduct my doctoral research with the aim of ameliorating the health and well-being of children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The support from the Kimel Family ensures that children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder are the ultimate beneficiaries of the research."

Eric Smart

Eric Smart

" I am indebted to the families, staff, and space of Holland Bloorview for continuously providing me with the driving force of my research. The opportunity to be a graduate student scholarship recipient is yet another addition to this already long list of supports I strive to repay."

"Whipper" Watson Graduate Research Studentship Award:

Luisa Garzon

Luisa Garzon

"I was very excited to hear about the Graduate Student Scholarship Awards that are offered at BRI to encourage young researchers like me, in the field of childhood disability. Besides assisting me expand my knowledge and experience in variety of academic disciplines, this scholarship will more importantly enable us to look for ways to better help patients at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital."

The Holland Bloorview Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship:

Alex McIntosh

Alex MacIntosh

"Receiving The Holland Bloorview Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship is extremely motivating. It really makes me excited to investigate how new technologies can help kids learn and play in a positive space."

Tiffany Toong

Tiffany Toong

" I am very excited and honoured to be the recipient of the Holland Bloorview Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship. These scholarships inspire developing researchers like myself, in knowing that my goals are within reach, and that through my research, I can really make a difference in the lives of children with concussions."


2015-2016 Scholarship Award Recipients

The BRI congratulates the 2015-2016 Graduate Student Scholarship Award recipients: 

The BRI congratulates the 2015-2016 Graduate Student Scholarship Award recipients: 


Kimel Family Graduate Student Scholarship in Paediatric Rehabilitation:

Patrick Jachyra

Patrick Jachyra

Ben Kinsella

Ben Kinsella


Kimel Family Graduate Student Scholarship in Paediatric Disability Research:


Alicia Hilderley

Alicia Hilderley

Filip Stojic

Filip Stojic


"Whipper" Watson Graduate Student Research Studentship Award:

Zahra Emami

Zahra Emami 


The Holland Bloorview Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship Award:


Karolina Urban

Karolina Urban

Brydne Edwards

Brydne Edwards