Montreal Dermatology Research Institute (MDRI)/IEC Canadian Research Fellowship Program Details

The International Eczema Council (IEC) has partnered with the Montreal Dermatology Research Institute (MDRI) to provide a research fellowship in Canada.  The research fellowship is open to early career physicians from any country and consist of one-year, in-person research and mentoring.  

What is the MDRI/IEC Canadian Research Fellowship?

Research Fellows are paired with an expert IEC Councilor in a clinical research or laboratory setting to monitor, observe, and learn clinical or experimental research technique and participate in research activities in a clinical research setting or laboratory. Research Fellows have a 1-year site commitment with 70-80% being spent on research activities and 10-20% of the time on clinical activities.

What is the MDRI/IEC Canadian Research Fellowship Curriculum?

The focus of this program is on the AD research project as elaborated by the Fellow and Mentor. The project can be clinical or experimental. Topics may include but are not limited to pathogenesis of AD and differences between different AD subtypes; emerging epidemiologic and diagnostic data on AD, and emerging atopic and other comorbidities of AD and its systemic nature in patients with moderate-to-severe disease. Research Fellowship Awardees will receive a maximum of $60,000 CAD (Canadian dollar) to support their fellowship stipend. The host institution will receive a $10,000 CAD (Canadian dollar) facility stipend.  All awards are processed in Canadian dollars. 

What are the Expectations of a Research Fellow?

The Research Fellow is required to:

  • attend and present at a major scientific dermatology congress during the fellowship year
  • submit an abstract or manuscript for publication in a national or international Dermatology journal 

Note: Fellows will also be awarded up to a $2,000 CAD (Canadian dollar) stipend to support travel to a congress. Funds may be used to allow Fellows to attend major educational, scientific or policymaking meetings and/or national, regional or specialty medical association meetings/conferences.  Funds may cover registration fees, travel and accommodations.  Funds must not be used to support any meal, snack or reception for program participants for fellowships.

Post Fellowship Evaluation 

Fellowship outcomes will be determined using various measures and tailored to each match. Evaluations will consist of data collected from participants, surveys, interviews, and the completeness of the presentation, and will be used to measure the Fellow’s increased knowledge, competence, performance, and patient outcomes in the clinical or research setting.

Eligibility requirements and recommendations are as follows:

  • Must be fluent in English.
  • Must be an MD who has recently completed or is near completion of residency.
  • Publication credits and clinical or laboratory experience preferred.
  • A list of patient advocacy work is encouraged.
  • Applicants currently working in academic settings preferred.
  • International applicants are accepted.
  • For Research Fellows, applicants with prior clinical/translational basic research experience will be prioritized.

Interested in Applying?  

Applications for the for 2023/2024 MDRI/IEC Canadian Research Fellowship are closed at this time.  

Currently, Fellowships may take place at an accredited Canadian-based academic institution.  Initial sites are in Montreal, Canada and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  International candidates (i.e., outside Canada) are encouraged to apply.  Fellowship awards are contingent on the availability of funds and the receipt of sufficiently meritorious applications.

To apply, applicants must also include: 

  1. Current CV
  2. Letter of recommendation(s): from the department chair, residency program director, clinical supervisor, or IEC Councilor or Board Member attesting to the applicant's character and potential to benefit from the fellowship. This should be addressed to the IEC Fellowship Committee and must be on the letterhead of the author's institution.
  3. Statement of Purpose--description of career goals with focus on AD interest and how you envision the Fellowship to impact your future.
  4. Project Information: Provide a project title and summarize the proposed research project to be undertaken during the Fellowship in the form of a one-page specific aims page as would be provided with an NIH grant.
  5. IEC recommends you reach out to your first-choice mentor to discuss this opportunity.  Contact information is provided during the application process. 

          Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

 For questions,  please contact IEC CEO Alan Stiles at [email protected].