TDRA Black & Indigenous Peoples Research Fellowship


This Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA) fellowship is created to respond to the historical under-representation of Black and Indigenous students and faculty in research, particularly in the field of dementia research. Whether implicitly or explicitly, Black and Indigenous scholars often face added challenges while seeking mentorship and opportunities against a longstanding backdrop of systemic racism and oppression in Canada. This research position will help to build and support an inclusive environment for the next generation of scholars that is equitable and reflective of Canada’s population.

The fellowship will provide the successful trainee with transdisciplinary competencies that complement their PhD or medical/residency training. Trainees will develop their research focus under a collaborative mentorship of experts in the field among TDRA sites (i.e., Baycrest, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, and University Health Network) as they work toward becoming independent investigators.  Fellows will be recruited to focus on preclinical research or clinical and translational research.

Ideally, the fellowship focus itself will be on dementia among Black or Indigenous peoples.

Other potential areas of research focus within the area of dementia include: 

  • Cognitive and sensory information processing
  • Drug discovery
  • Microglia
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Imaging
  • Neurostimulation (e.g. TMS, tDCS, tACS, DBS, Focused Ultrasound) 
  • Neurotechnology
  • Peripheral biomarkers
  • Stress 
  • Common underlying mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease
  • Clinical phenotyping and trials

Funding will be available for one fellow per year. The fellowship is 12 months in length (July to June, with flexibility). The value of each fellowship is $70,000 per year with a research stipend.



The fellowship is open to both domestic and international post-graduates.

Applicants must: 

  • Identify as a Black or Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, or Metis) person
  • Hold a PhD, be in the final year of obtaining the PhD, OR be in the first or second year of a post-doctoral fellowship , OR have an MD and residency training in a specialty related to dementia

Submission Guidelines

Interested applicants should send the following documents as a single PDF document:

  1. Cover letter indicating your interest in dementia research, describing your academic history and future research and career aspirations
  2. CV
  3. Supply the names and contact information for three references

The Selection Panel will be chaired by the Executive Director of TDRA (Dr. Tarek Rajji), along with a committee guided by principles of excellence, equity, diversity and inclusion.

Please send your application to Please direct any questions to

Meet the 2022 Black & Indigenous Peoples Research Fellow 

To be announced.