A sketch of Michael G. DeGroote
  • “I am investing in new discoveries in health care and in the delivery of health care.”

    - Michael G. DeGroote

Applications are now open for the latest round of the Michael G. DeGroote Fellowship Awards. The application deadline is April 1, 2023.

The DeGroote Fellowship Awards are offered in TWO categories:

1) The Michael G. DeGroote Fellowship Award in Basic Biomedical Science. Candidates conducting basic science research will be eligible for the Basic Biomedical Science Fellowship Award 

2) The Michael G. DeGroote Fellowship Award in Clinical Research. Candidates pursuing clinical research will be eligible for the Clinical Research Fellowship Award.

Applicants must identify in their application which award they are applying for. Separate selection committees review the respective applicants for each award.

What are the Michael G. DeGroote Fellowship Awards?

The prestigious Michael G. DeGroote Fellowship Awards provide postdoctoral candidates in the Faculty of Health Sciences the opportunity to pursue leading-edge health sciences research.

The awards are designed for candidates who have an exemplary academic record and are interested in pursuing postdoctoral work in one of the numerous areas of research excellence in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. Funded through the generosity of Michael G. DeGroote, the award will provide support of $40,000 for one year. This amount is to be supplemented with $10,000 from applicants’ proposed supervisor(s), for a total annual amount of $50,000 for one year.

Successful candidates for these awards will have the opportunity to work with Health Sciences faculty who are conducting innovative research and are considered among the best in their fields. They will have access to state-of-the-art facilities that enable progressive research designed to impact health care throughout the world.


Please note that candidates must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree in order to be eligible for these awards.

To be eligible for this program, you must have started your postdoctoral or health professional degree studies on, or after, July 1, 2022. Additionally, eligible candidates must be within five years of receiving their PhD or MD. Individuals who completed post-doctoral studies or a fellowship at McMaster under a different supervisor are not eligible.

The candidate must plan to conduct their research in a department or school (or related centre or institute) that resides in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.

For candidates who hold (or are completing) a PhD, the proposed supervisor(s) listed in your application must be different than your PhD supervisor. Your proposed supervisor must be from within the Faculty of Health Sciences, but you could have a co-supervisor that is from another Faculty.

Priority will be given to those applicants whose graduate training has not been exclusively at McMaster.


Research fund established in memory of John Bienenstock

Feb 21, 2023, 12:06 PM by User Not Found
A research fund has been established in memory of the late McMaster University professor John Bienenstock.

A research fund has been established in memory of the late McMaster University professor John Bienenstock.

The Dr. John Bienenstock Research Fund will support research and discoveries in mucosal immunology. It was launched by the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), as well as Bienenstock’s family, friends and colleagues.

Bienenstock was a world-renowned expert in mucosal immunology, which examines how the immune system defends the body against pathogens entering the mucosal membranes in the intestines, respiratory system and parts of the urinary tract.

“Dr. John Bienenstock has had an immense impact on the Faculty of Health Sciences since he joined 55 years ago,” said Paul O’Byrne, dean and vice-president of the FHS.

“He was a visionary as a scientist, administrator and academic, inspiring generations of scientists and clinicians to think outside of the box. He was a friend and mentor to many of us, and his legacy of innovation will continue.”

Born in Budapest in 1936, Bienenstock completed his medical degree at King’s College London and Westminster Hospital Medical School, England, in 1960. He joined McMaster in 1968 after finishing a postdoctoral term at Harvard University.

A professor of the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Bienenstock retired in 1998 but remained as director of the Brain-Body Institute, a joint research institute of McMaster and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, until his death.

At McMaster, Bienenstock published more than 500 peer-reviewed articles and authored, edited or co-edited 10 books, including a standard textbook on mucosal immunology and allergy.

A well-liked mentor, Bienenstock supervised more than 60 post-doctoral fellows and 10 doctoral students.

Bienenstock also chaired the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine from 1978 to 1989 and was FHS dean and vice-president from 1989 to 1997. His primary focus was supporting research at the Faculty.

His accomplishments were recognized. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1992; a McMaster Distinguished University Professor in 1999; a member of the Order of Canada in 2002; and he was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2011. He became a member of the Faculty of Health Sciences Community of Distinction in 2014. He also received an honorary MD from Goteborg, Sweden.

Anyone wishing to donate to the fund can do so on this dedicated page.

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