Fellowship Training for International Applicants


Clinical Fellows

A clinical fellowship is an opportunity for a physician to obtain advanced training and/or to acquire more specialized expertise not normally acquired during residency training. Clinical fellows must be recognized specialists or family physicians.


As short-term educational experience which does not lead to specialist recognition by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), a clinical fellowship on its own is not a pathway to permanent practice as a specialist in Ontario.


Eligibility for Licensure as a Clinical Fellow

In order to be considered for clinical fellowship training, applicants must be eligible for a certificate authorizing postgraduate education (an educational-type medical license) from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), the body which regulates the practice of medicine in Ontario.


One of the CPSO’s key requirements for the licensure of clinical fellows is that the applicant must be recognized as a medical specialist/family physician in the jurisdiction where the applicant has been practicing medicine prior to the clinical fellowship.


It is possible to review the requirements for licensure in detail by downloading the application for clinical fellows from the CPSO website:



Please note that medical graduates apply for educational licensure by the CPSO only after they have been accepted for clinical fellowship training by the University.


Application Process:  Postgraduate Training Agreements

Postgraduate training agreements are currently in place between the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and sponsoring agencies from the following countries:  Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Dominica, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.


Applications for fellowship training from citizens of these countries must reach the PGME Office directly from the sponsoring agency.  The application package sent by the sponsoring agency to the PGME Office must include all of the following items:


1. A letter from the sponsoring agency which confirms full financial support for the duration of the fellowship program
2. An up-to-date curriculum vitae which includes the applicant’s date of birth, citizenship and e-mail address
3. A copy of the medical degree (with English translation, where applicable)
4. A copy of the specialty certification (with English translation, where applicable)
5. Three letters of reference on letterhead, signed and dated within two years of the date of application


The PGME Office will provide successful applicants with documentation to enable them to apply for the appropriate work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.



Application Process:  Other International Applicants

International applicants who meet the CPSO’s requirements for licensure as a clinical fellow should contact the office of the Fellowship Program Director for information on opportunities for fellowship training.


Fellowship Program Directors Contact List


Research Fellows

Research fellows are engaged solely in research and have no patient contact whatsoever.  Because research fellows do not have patient contact, licensure by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is not required. The minimum qualification for research fellowship training is a medical degree; however, requirements for admission may vary from one research fellowship program to another.


Fellowship Program Directors Contact List