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Bloorview Research Institute

Student Opportunities: Graduate Student Scholarship Awards

Applications for the 2007 Graduate student scholarship awards are now closed.

Bloorview Kids Rehab

Started over 100 years ago, Bloorview Kids Rehab is Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital. After partnering with the University of Toronto in 2002, it also became Canada’s first teaching hospital in children’s rehabilitation.

In working each day to Turn Disability into Possibility, the hospital and its staff of over 850 employees handle 52,000 outpatient visits each year for its hospital, outpatient and community services. Bloorview also has 75 in-patient beds and 600 inpatient admissions each year.

Treating the most complex cases, we serve infants, children and youth born with physical and developmental disabilities; and children with rehabilitation needs and complex health needs acquired through accidents or illness.

Bloorview Kids Rehab strives to meet its three-fold mission statement: to be dedicated to helping children and youth with disabilities and specialized needs achieve their personal best; to be a leader in advocacy rehabilitation and research; and lastly, in partnership with families and communities, to create innovative programs and services to enrich independence and quality of life of children and families in Ontario and beyond.

Bloorview Research Institute

In 2004, with a $25 million dollar endowment from the Bloorview Childrens Hospital Foundation, the Bloorview Research Institute was founded. Its vision is to be an international leader in childhood disability research, with a mission to conduct research that will enhance the quality of life of children with disabilities.

A multidisciplinary group of scientists come from many different healthcare disciplines including medicine, surgery, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, engineering, epidemiology, biostatistics, psychology and more. Scientists work together to evaluate care; develop assistive technologies that promote independence and inclusion; and examine the barriers facing children with disabilities and their families.

The Bloorview Research Institute is committed to increasing research capacity and training the next generation of rehabilitation researchers. As such, we are pleased to offer six graduate student scholarships to support and encourage young researchers in the field of childhood disability.

Five of the awards are funded by the Bloorview Childrens Hospital Foundation. One award is funded in memory of Whipper “Billy” Watson. Mr. Watson was a Toronto legend, known as much for his charitable work for children with disabilities, as he was for his world-renowned wrestling talents.


Six (6) graduate student scholarship awards – 5 funded by Bloorview Childrens Hospital Foundation, and 1 funded in memory of Whipper “Billy” Watson – are available at Bloorview Kids Rehab


Scholarship awards comprise $5,000 (CDN), for one year, and are not renewable


To be eligible for a Bloorview Kids Rehab Graduate Student Scholarship Award, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate degree program (MSc or PhD)
  • Must not have previously received a Graduate Student Scholarship Award

The research proposal must:

  • Focus on childhood disability
  • Have relevance to the client population of Bloorview Kids Rehab
  • Be concordant with the mission of Bloorview Kids Rehab and the mission of Bloorview Research Institute
  • Be innovative, interdisciplinary and applied
  • The supervisor must be a scientist in the Bloorview Research Institute or a full-time clinical staff member at Bloorview Kids Rehab with an appointment in the Bloorview Research Institute

Application Form

Graduate Student Scholarship Awards (PDF: 66 KB)


A graduate student scholarship review committee will be appointed to review each application. The committee is comprised of scientists from the Bloorview Research Institute, clinicians at Bloorview Kids Rehab and senior management.

Duration of Award

Effective period of the award is one year (September 1st to August 30th). Successful candidates will be notified by August 15th. Unspent funds must be returned to Bloorview Kids Rehab. 


To activate the award, successful recipients must indicate (by letter, email) acceptance of the award. A letter from the university indicating that the applicant is registered in a graduate degree program is also required.


Scholarship recipients are expected to acknowledge in all presentations and publications that their research was supported by a graduate scholarship (either a Bloorview Childrens Hospital Foundation Award or the Whipper Watson Award) from Bloorview Kids Rehab.

Deadline for Submission

Please submit a completed application by July 15, 2021. Materials received after this date will not be accepted.

Address for applications (and any queries):

Marie Ellis, Administrative Assistant
Bloorview Research Institute,
Bloorview Kids Rehab
150 Kilgour Avenue.
Toronto, Ontario M4G 1R8

Tel: 416-425-6220, extension 3500
Fax: 416-425-1634

E-mail: mellis at bloorview dot ca

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