endMS Doctoral Studentship Awards

This award provides opportunities for research training and broadening the scientific understanding of MS for students currently enrolled in a Doctoral stream program. Based on the nature of the research, the candidate can apply for one of the following awards:

  • endMS Doctoral Studentships: Biomedical research
  • endMS Doctoral Studentships: Clinical and Population Health research

Amount and Term

  • Initial term: 1 year
  • Maximum number of terms: 4 years (1 new application and 3 renewals)
  • Awarded amount per term: $22,000
  • Awarded amount per term (for M.D. holder): $50,500

In order to receive funds for the additional terms, eligible awardees who hold an endMS Personnel Award must submit a progress report that is approved by the MSSC.


  • Working towards a PhD or related degree pertaining to research in MS. However, a Studentship will not be activated for a doctoral candidate until the MS Society has received written notification from a university or professional school and/or supervisor that an appropriate transfer of degree or Master's degree has been granted.
  • Enrolled in graduate training at a Canadian institution; or those interested in studying abroad must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Studentships must be held in a recognized institution; and responsible to an appropriate supervisor who is in a field relevant to MS.
  • M.D. applicants must hold degrees that are recognized by the medical regulatory authority in the Canadian province or territory where they practice.

Important Dates

  • Competition Opens: July 30, 2018
  • Application Deadline: October 1, 2018 at 16:00 EDT
  • Progress Report Deadline: November 5, 2018 at 16:00 EDT
  • Anticipated Notice of Decision: March 2019
  • Funding Start Date: July 1, 2019

Research Funding Partnerships

MSSC Partnership with Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS)

Partnership Objectives

To support a greater number of Doctoral students by providing training awards to outstanding individuals in Quebec who wish to commence or pursue their research training in the field of multiple sclerosis. This support will be delivered through the co-funding fellowship awards submitted to the regular competitions of both FRQS and MSSC.

Mechanisms of Support

The co-funded support for studentship awards are one (1) year in length with an opportunity to be renewed, which is dependent upon the submission and approval of a renewal application by both FRQS and MSSC.

Value of Awards

Awards and Fellowships Total Funding Amount
Doctoral award $22,000
Doctoral award (for MD pursuing PhD training) $50,500

*Awards will be co-funded (50/50) by FRQS and MSSC.

Program Eligibility

In order to be eligible for funding through this partnership applicants must:

  • Apply to both FRQS and MSSC regular competitions.
  • FRQS candidates must indicate in their application that they wish to be considered for a MSSC partnership award and MSSC candidates must indicate that they wish to be considered for the FRQS partnership award.
  • The FRQS application must be approved for relevance by the MSSC.
  • The application must be approved for funding based on the peer review of both FRQS and MSSC research competitions.

Important Dates

  • MSSC Competition Opens: July 30, 2018
  • MSSC Application Deadline: October 1, 2018 at 16:00 EDT
  • FRQS Competition Closes: To be updated
  • MSSC Anticipated Notice of Decision: March 2019
  • FRQS Anticipated Announcement of Results: To be updated
  • Funding Start Date: July 1, 2019
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