How Do I Apply?
Students wishing to apply should contact the MD PhD program director early in the process.

 Acceptance requires:

  1. Identification of a supervisor (within a department at the University of Manitoba which has an approved PhD program) who has adequate resources for the proposed program of study and whose department recommends acceptance,
  2. Assessment by the MD/PhD Selection Committee and their recommendation for acceptance,
  3. Acceptance by the Faculty of Graduate Studies (see FGS website to apply).
  4. Admissions Application/Selection Process: DEADLINE as posted. We offer individuals with strong academic excellence, evidence of prior research experience  and the drive to marry the skill sets and aptitudes an opportunity to acquire skills of a successful clinician and biomedical researcher. Applicants must already be in Med I or Med II, or have just been accepted for MD studies at the University of Manitoba. Applicants will be evaluated based on academic excellence, research potential and the suitability of the proposed research training environment.

 Students are selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Academic Excellence -  This is assessed based on the entire undergraduate and (if any) post graduate academic record including Med 1 or 2 grades to date if available.  Successful candidates are typically in the top 30% of the medical school class.  A completed copy of the U of Manitoba FGS application form should be included.
  2. Personal suitability for research training at this stage of career
  3. Feasibility of proposed doctoral research program
  4. Supervisor suitability and commitment to candidate

Materials to submit

  • Request for permission for concurrent curriculum document (HERE)
  • CV, complete post-secondary transcripts, and personal statement of why undertaking a research-based PhD is your goal —a one page rationale for undertaking the program.
    Any research background and/or experience  you have should be clearly described.
  •  A one page synopsis (not counting references) of the proposed graduate research project.  This project description should be prepared by the candidate and supervisor jointly.
  • Letter of recommendation from two professors with knowledge of the applicant providing their perspective on your scientific experience, current capacity and potential.
  • Letter of support from the proposed supervisor along with supervisor’s current Common CV (detailing their current research funding support and prior experience with trainees)

  • Signed Program Regulations and Advisory Document (found in the resource library)

·       **Application Dossier (checklist) must be attached to the front of your application package.

Complete application packages including letters of reference, should be submitted electronically to:

Dr Mark Nachtigal at

Program fees: Tuition fees payable are the sum of the fees required for the MD and PhD programs of study. Continuing fees (Graduate Studies) are also applicable.  Exact amounts change annually. PhD fee's are approximately $4100 pa plus student interest fees for the first two or three years (depending on minimum graduate training residency requirements) and $670 pa thereafter.  For MD tuition they are approximately $7000 pa (plus student fees) pa. (All fee's stated are estimates.)

Both programs charge among the lowest educational fees in Canada.  Moreover, under a Manitoba Government program, up to 60% of tuition fees are refunded via the tax system upon graduation to individuals who remain in Manitoba, further lowering the costs of education (see government website for complete information). 

Program stipend: Upon satisfactory performance, individuals accepted to the program are provided a stipend of $21,000 per annum for up to *six years (if needed) beginning from the time of acceptance to the MD/PhD option.  It is common for the PhD mentor to provide a supplement during the years of full time PhD research activity for trainees who make substantive progress. Most trainees are expected to develop, with their mentor, an application for external peer reviewed studentship support over the course of the program. External support money shall take the place of the minimum stipend the program pays.

*The program will provide up to 6 years of support. Any external funding will take the place (not be in addition to) of the funding from the program. 6 years of funding will include all sources of funding, cummulatively. For example; 2 years from program, 2 years from an external award and a further 2 years from the program.