Postgraduate Scholarships in Oncology and Medical Physics at University of Alberta for Domestic and Foreign Students

Postgraduate Scholarships in Oncology and Medical Physics

Course{s} Offered: Medicine (Oncology & Medical Physics)
Course Level: Postgraduate (MSc, PhD)
Provider: University of Alberta
Country to Study in: Canada

Scholarship Description
The Department of Oncology offers both MSc and PhD thesis-based degrees in two areas of specialization: Experimental Oncology, and Medical Physics, as well as a General Program. These research-oriented programs provide the tools to successfully design, implement and analyze experiments, and build students’ writing skills for publications and grants.

There are many research-related awards, scholarships and bursaries available to students and trainees in the Department of Oncology.

Academically accomplished domestic and international students are invited to apply for funded positions in the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs of the Department of Oncology at the University of Alberta, an institution that ranks among the top 100 in the world.

Candidate Requirements:.
The Oncology program welcomes academically accomplished domestic and international students with a baccalaureate degree (or its academic equivalent) and an appropriate research background. Specific requirements regarding English Language Proficiency, GRE scores, and minimum GPA, can be found on our website.

Eligible groups
Academically accomplished domestic and international students

Participating Institutions
Research Environment: The Department of Oncology at the University of Alberta is located within the Cross Cancer Institute, the major cancer treatment centre in Central/Northern Alberta, Canada.

Fields of study
Thesis-based M.Sc. and Ph.D. research topics include but are not limited to:
  • genetic and epigenetic control of nuclear organization
  • regulatory mechanisms in neural development, retinoblastoma and brain tumours
  • metabolism of cachexia and wasting diseases
  • mechanisms of cell-cycle control
  • molecular events in ovarian cancer
  • novel gene therapeutics
  • nutrient-gene interactions in cancer
  • tumor imaging and positron emission tomography
  • molecular basis of DNA-repair
  • molecular events in multiple myeloma
  • computer based modeling and drug discovery
  • molecular mechanisms of melanoma pathogenesis
The Medical Physics Program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP), prepares students for a career as a Medical Physicist in North America.

Graduate students in Oncology enjoy many benefits, including:
  • dedicated trainee-oriented staff
  • an interdisciplinary research environment
  • a centrally managed state-of-the art imaging facility
  • world-class computational facilities for molecular modeling
  • state-of-the-art animal and tumor imaging facilities
  • real-time image-guided adaptive radiotherapy
  • accredited training and research opportunities in Medical Physics
  • a modern city with ready access to Canada’s most spectacular National Parks.
Please visit our website for more information about the Oncology graduate program, or about the specialized streams of Experimental Oncology or Medical Physics.

Sponsorship duration
One year - for the September 1, 2011 – August 31, 2012 academic period

Scholarship benefits
Funding and Awards: In 2011-12, graduate students will be funded to a minimum level of $25,000 – $27,000 CAD. Support comes from sources such as:
  • departmental/university scholarships
  • competitive provincial and national awards
  • tuition scholarships
  • travel and conference awards
  • supervisor-funded stipends.
Exceptional new candidates are also be eligible for recruitment awards including:
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships: prestigious national award valued at $50,000 CAD/year
  • Cathy & Harold Roozen Endowment Entrance Award
  • Antoine Noujaim Graduate Entrance Scholarship
Our funding website contains more detailed information about scholarships and awards.

Method of Application
Admission as a graduate student to the Department of Oncology is only granted once a supervisor has been identified and committed to providing funding if external funding is not obtained.

Medical Physics graduate students are not required to identify a supervisor before they begin their program. Selection of a supervisor is typically done by May of the student's first year (after completing the required course work and selecting a research focus).

Please visit our website (see link below) for complete information.

  1. For comments or inquiries, send an email to:; or

  2. Department of Oncology
    University of Alberta
    Cross Cancer Institute
    11560 University Avenue
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Canada T6G 1Z2
    Tel: 780-432-8524
    Fax: 780-432-8425
For more, see our contact page

Application Deadline: Contact Employer
Open to International students: Yes

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