DMRF Canada Launches Two Year Dystonia Clinical and Research Fellowship


DMRF Canada is pleased to announce we are accepting applications for a two-year clinical and research fellowship to support the training of exceptionally qualified physicians in preparation for their clinical career in movement disorders with a focus on dystonia and a special competence in use of botulinum toxins.

The goal of this program is to encourage growth and support of the field of movement disorders in Canada, with a focus on dystonia to support dystonia patients. Canadian citizenship is not a requirement; however, in the selection, preference will be given to candidates who express the intent to practice in Canada.


Applicants must be involved with institutions that have established training programs with appropriate resources to provide both clinical and research training in dystonia, including the use of botulinum toxin type A approved for use in Canada. 

The applicant must have a mentor at the institution with clinical expertise in dystonia, who will develop a mentorship plan for the fellow. To become eligible, an institution must provide information on the training environment, program curriculum, available resources and the expected amount of exposure to patients with dystonia. 

Review and Selection:

All applications would be reviewed by members of the DMRF Canada Clinical Fellowship Review Committee. Selection criteria will include the following:

  • Review of the applicant;
  • Review of the applicant’s mentor;
  • Review of the outlined mentorship plan;
  • Relevance to the field of movement disorders with a specific focus on dystonia.
  • The applicant’s ability and intention to practice in Canada after the Fellowship period

Applications for the fellowship, which are expected to start July 2019 should be submitted electronically to the DMRF Canada by December 21, 2018.

The selected Fellow will receive a stipend in the amount of $50,000 per year.  No institutional indirect cost is allowed. The fellowship is for two years.

Reporting Requirement

The selected recipient of this Clinical and Research Fellowship will be required to provide a 2-page written report that details the key learnings and observations obtained in the first year of the fellowship.  This report will be due on July 1, 2020. A final report will be due three months after the finalization of the Fellowship on June 30, 2021.

For further information and application materials please contact Stefanie Ince at