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Research Fellowships


The PSF supports investigators from the beginning of their careers, during residency and as they advance to becoming experienced and well-established plastic surgeons. The purpose of the Research Fellowship Grant is to encourage research and academic career development in plastic surgery. This grant is for salary support only for a Resident or Fellow to obtain training and experience in research, under the guidance of an experienced mentor. The application must describe a structured research training plan, in addition to a research project. Only already funded research projects will be considered. Evaluation of the application will place emphasis on the research training experience, research project, applicant potential and mentor qualifications and commitment to mentoring. Research Fellowship grants must be used for salary support only.


"My career goal is to become an academic plastic and reconstructive surgeon, specializing in burns with a focus on scar reconstruction. With this research and salary support, I was able to complete my PhD and participate in numerous courses, workshops and conferences that otherwise would not be feasible with the demands of a residency program. Further, I honed my research skills, deepened my understanding of patient-reported outcomes and acquired the knowledge of the research process in order to be able to set up my own research practice. It is gratifying to know that the scar PRO instrument I helped validate is in use today. Thank you for your generous support – it has helped fund the career of a future academic plastic and reconstructive surgeon."

Natalia Ziolkowski, MD, PhD
University of Toronto
2017 PSF Research Fellowship Recipient

Amount & Duration

Up to $50,000 for one-year to be used for salary support only.


The 2024 PSF research grant cycle is NOW CLOSED.

The application deadline was December 1, 2023.


Sample Applications