Rising Stars

Bringing together Ontario’s next generation of cancer researchers

OICR Rising Stars in Cancer Research Network is a pan-Ontario network for students and trainees working in cancer research at the graduate (master’s, PhD) and postdoctoral levels. 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.

2021 OICR Rising Stars Award

The OICR Rising Stars Awards aim 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. The Call for Applications opened early 2021 and applications were accepted until February 19, 2021. Winners were announced in April 2021.

Join Rising Stars
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 skill
  • New funding opportunities for trainees (travel awards and scholarships)
  • Conference meet-ups and networking events
  • The Rising Stars Mentorship kick start program
  • The latest local trainee research delivered right to your inbox.

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

Rising Star FAQs

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 that highlights an important contribution to cancer research or 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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