CANSSI Ontario STAGE HostSeq Fellowship Program 2021, Canada

Publish Date: Jul 04, 2021

Deadline: Jul 16, 2021

CANSSI Ontario STAGE (STAGE), in partnership with the CGEn Host Genome Sequencing Initiative, invites trainees from across Canada to apply to become a CANSSI Ontario STAGE HostSeq Fellow.

This opportunity provides trainee-mentor pair funding to access and work with CGEn’s Host Genome Sequencing Databank comprising of sequence and meta-data of 10,000 Canadians with a SARS-Cov-2 infection.

Deadline to apply: July 16, 2021.


The CANSSI Ontario STAGE HostSeq Fellowship offers financial support for research and stipends for trainees interested in working on COVID-19 genetics research. 

Accepted trainees will have the opportunity to

  1. work on the frontline of COVID-19 genetics research,
  2. receive a stipend to support their STAGE HostSeq Project, and
  3. participate in the CANSSI Ontario STAGE research community. 

CGEn HostSeq Databank
Database housed at The Hospital for Sick Children. It is a collaboration between three sites across Canada:

  1. The Centre for Applied Genomics at The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto)
  2. McGill Genome Centre at McGill University (Montreal)
  3. Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (Vancouver).

The CANSSI Ontario STAGE program offers research and career development opportunities to cross-train individuals at the interface of genetics and population health sciences in genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics.


  1. One-year project award/fellowship with STAGE
  2. Upon acceptance into the STAGE HostSeq Fellowship Program, and a successful data access application to the HostSeq Databank, a stipend of $10,000 will be provided to the trainee’s institution to support a research project that uses the HostSeq data. For PhD students, this may be in the form of a Research Assistantship (up to 20% time). For Post-doctoral fellows, this would be a partial stipend (at least 20% time dedicated to the project).


CANSSI Ontario STAGE HostSeq Fellowship appointments are contingent on:

  1. PhD students: Being enrolled in a university in Canada and in their second or subsequent years of their doctoral program (i.e., trainees should have achieved candidacy within their program).
  2. Postdoctoral fellows: Working at a Canadian university or research institute.
  3. Background in human genetics or statistical genetics and evidence of training and strength in quantitative skills.
  4. Trainees must demonstrate exceptional academic performance.
  5. Trainees need to identify, approach, and engage their Mentor(s).
  6. Successful trainee-mentor teams need to apply for and receive a positive response to their request for access to the HostSeq Databank.
  7. Funding is conditional on receiving Research Ethics Board approval as well as approval from the HostSeq Data Access Committee.

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