Fellowship Awards - Application instructions

Before you begin

Applicants and their supervisor(s) must ensure they have the following:

Applicants and their supervisor(s) should each only have one ResearchNet account. If ResearchNet was accessed in the past, do not register for a new account.

General Application Process

  1. Applications must be prepared, finalized and submitted by applicants using ResearchNet.
  2. Any information that exceed the character limits, or is not required, will be removed from the application prior to peer review.
  3. Applicants must preview all components of their application in order to ensure its completeness.
  4. Applications must be submitted prior to the deadline posted on ResearchNet. CIHR cannot legally accept an application until the "Consent and Submit Application" section is completed on ResearchNet.
  5. This document provides general instructions, but does not necessarily represent an exhaustive list of all information required to complete an application.
  6. If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your ResearchNet account, or if you have any questions or difficulties in completing the CIHR specific content on ResearchNet, contact us between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time:


    For more information about these application instructions, email Fellowships@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

Tasks required for completing a Fellowship application:

A. Complete the Common CV

CIHR Nominated Principal Applicants and their supervisor(s) must choose an Academic CV template. Common CVs (CCV) are required regardless of the citizenship of the applicant and supervisors. To produce a Common CV:

  1. Go to the Common CV website and “Login”.
  2. Under “CV”, select “Funding”, then select CIHR from the dropdown and click "Next". Select the appropriate CV type (CIHR Academic) then click "Next".
  3. Enter all the relevant and necessary data and click on "Done". A validation will automatically be performed and errors, if any, will be displayed. The validation rules are specific to CIHR and the selected CV type.
  4. Review the CV data online via a preview of the PDF.
  5. When satisfied, click on "Submit".
  6. Record the confirmation number that is displayed with the status message (which can also be found under the "History" tab and at the top right corner of the CV PDF).
  7. Enter the recorded confirmation number under the “Identify Participants/Supervisors” section on ResearchNet.
  8. If changes are required to your Common CV for a certain application after its submission, applicants and/or their supervisor(s) must repeat the steps above and record the new confirmation number.

Note: During peak periods, there can be a delay between the time that you submit the CV and when ResearchNet is able to validate it. It is highly recommended that you submit your CV well in advance of the competition deadline.

Important Common CV information required for the Fellowship funding opportunity

In addition to the instructions in the CCV, here are additional instructions, specific to this funding opportunity, for sections that align with the adjudication criteria. It provides important information to reviewers for the adjudication of each application. Do not feel obligated to complete every CCV field. The numerous fields are simply meant to capture information from different fields of research and for various funding opportunities. The applicant can also provide additional CV information that could not be captured in the Common CV in the Complete Application task.

  1. Section entitled “Education”, Sub-Section entitled “Degrees”
    • Every degree (Bachelor, Masters and PhD) must be recorded in the CCV whether they are complete or in progress. In addition, the following information must be entered in the applicant’s CCV for eligibility purposes:
      • Degree Type
      • Degree Name
      • Specialization
      • Organization
      • Degree Status
      • Degree Start Date (YYYY/MM)
      • Degree Received Date / Degree Expected Date (YYYY/MM) (if applicable)
      • Supervisor(s) (if applicable)
  2. Section entitled “Employment”, Sub-Section entitled “Leaves of Absence and Impact on Research”
    • Enter interruptions or situations that could explain delays in training and research (e.g. childrearing, illness, health-related family responsibilities, patent approval, engagement in post-degree non-research related clinical training (residency), environmental factors, etc.
    • If there are none, leave this section blank.
  3. Section entitled “Activities”
    • The activities and contributions defined in this section should include both academic and non-academic achievements, and their impacts;
    • Only entries with dates within the past 5 years may be submitted;
    • If there are none, leave this section blank.

    Note: The supervisor(s) should add to their CV activities that will best serve the applicant's application.

  4. Section entitled “Contributions”
    • Conference poster presentations should be listed under “Presentations”. If the abstract was published in a conference journal, it should be listed under the sub-section entitled “Conference Publications” found under the “Publications” section;
    • Only entries with dates within the past 5 years may be submitted;
    • If there are none, leave this section blank.

    Note: The supervisor(s) should add to their CV contributions that will best serve the applicant's application.

  5. Section entitled “Publications”
    • Applicants should list all publications with dates within the past 5 years;
    • If there are none, leave this section blank.

    Note: The supervisor(s) should add to their CV publications that will best serve the applicant's application.

  6. Section entitled “Intellectual Property”
    • This section should include details for patents and intellectual property rights for technology transfer, products and services. Do not include publications in this section. Descriptions might include the title, patents or intellectual property rights number and date, country(ies) of issue, the name of the inventors, as well as relevance or impact of the stated item;
    • No entry limits;
    • If there are none, leave this section blank.

B. Complete the Fellowship ResearchNet application

1. Identify Participants / Supervisors

  1. Identify, at a minimum, a Nominated Principal Applicant and a Primary Supervisor. Consult the funding opportunity and the Individual Eligibility Requirements on the CIHR website for more information.
  2. It is the Nominated Principal Applicant’s responsibility to obtain their supervisor(s)’ Common CV Confirmation Number and enter it in this section.
  3. This section collects information on:
    • The Nominated Principal Applicant:
      • CIHR PIN;
      • CCV Confirmation Number;
      • Contact information which will serve CIHR to communicate with the applicant if needed;
      • Degrees Held:
        • Applicants applying for Post-PhD funding who have not yet received their PhD degree should check "PhD" in the "Degrees Held" section.
        • Applicants applying for Post-PhD funding who also hold a Health Professional degree or Allied Health Professional degree (with or without licensure in Canada) should check both, unless the degree is not recognized in Canada.
        • Applicants applying for Post-HP funding who have not yet received their health professional degree should check "Health Professional" or "Allied Health Professional", as appropriate, in the "Degrees Held" section.
          • Note: Applicants who have completed Health Professional or Allied Health Professional training should check the appropriate degree, even if they have not completed or do not intend to complete the qualifying examinations to practice.
        • Please consult the Annex for the list of CIHR-Eligible Health Professions
      • Reason for which support is being requested. You must select one of the three options:
        • PhD holder with or without an HP or AHP degree
        • HP or AHP degree holder intending to pursue post-degree research training
        • HP or AHP degree holder intending to pursue a graduate degree
    • The Primary Supervisor (and Supervisor, if applicable):
      • CIHR PIN;
      • CCV Confirmation Number;
      • Contact information which will allow CIHR to communicate with the supervisor(s) if needed.

2. Attach Participant Documents

Applicants with a health professional degree, licensed in Canada, will attach their proof of current and valid Canadian licensure (e.g. copy of annual membership card with expiry date) in this task. Applicants who do not have a Canadian licensure do not have to complete this task. The document must be saved in a PDF format maximum size of 30 MB.

3. Enter Project Information and Supporting Documents

This section collects information related to the research project of applicants.

Project Overview

Project Title

CIHR will identify the research project using the Project Title. For this reason candidates cannot edit their Project Title.

Lay Title

Provide a title for the project that is in a language clear to members of the general public. Lay titles are used by CIHR to inform the public and Parliament about the valuable research supported through public funds.

Lay Abstract

Describe the project in a way that is accessible to a lay audience. Indicate how the proposed research can improve health, health of populations and/or health delivery system. This information is used by CIHR to inform the public and Parliament about the valuable research supported through public funds.

Project Details

Institution Paid

Institution that will administer the award funds. Consult the Institutional Eligibility Requirements on the CIHR website for more information.

If the proposed research will be conducted outside of Canada, the award will be paid directly. As such, there is no "Institution Paid" and therefore, the name of the institution where the research will be located is to be entered as manual data in the field “Other”.

Certification Requirements

If the application is selected for funding, the necessary certification requirements must be met in accordance with policies on ethical conduct of research. Relevant policies:

In order to carry out the proposed research in this application, is an exemption from Health Canada under Section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act required?

Trainees are exempt and should answer “No”.

Does this application propose research involving Aboriginal people?

Indicate if the application proposes research involving Aboriginal people. This information will be used for statistical purposes only. Any questions or comments may be sent to the Aboriginal Ethics Guidelines mailbox at aeg-lda@cihr-irsc.gc.ca. Applicants, whose proposed research will involve Aboriginal People, please consult Ethics of Health Research Involving First Nations, Inuit and Métis People.

Are sex (biological) considerations taken into account in this study?

Indicate if sex (biological) considerations are taken into account in this study. For a guide to sex and gender based analysis, please consult the CIHR website.

Are gender (socio-cultural) considerations taken into account in this study?

Indicate if gender (socio-cultural) considerations are taken into account in this study. For a guide to sex and gender based analysis, please consult the CIHR website.

If yes, please describe how sex and/or gender considerations will be considered in your research design (limit of 2000 characters).

If no, please explain why sex and/or gender are not applicable in your research design (limit of 2000 characters).

Percentage of Time Spent on Different Activities

Indicate the percentage of time to be spent on different activities. Applicants are expected to spend at least 75% of their time in the proposed research training (Research + Course work).

Project Descriptors

Project Descriptors

Provide keywords that describe the research project, the techniques and the methodologies it will employ, as well as the areas of interest.

Areas of Research

Select the areas of research that best describe the proposal from the list provided.


Select the classifications that best describe the proposal from the list provided.


Select a primary theme classification. Indicate additional theme classifications only if the substance of the application significantly overlaps more than one theme. Consult the definition of the four CIHR Themes on the CIHR website for more information.

Note: the theme identified will be used, along with other elements of the application, to assign the application to the most appropriate Peer Review committee.


In this section, select a CIHR Institute whose research mandate is related to the application's research area(s) and objective(s). Additional Institutes should only be selected if the substance of the application significantly overlaps with the research mandate of more than one Institute.

4. Complete Application

4.1 Additional CCV Information – Nominated Principal Applicant
  • To be completed by the applicant only.
  • The applicant can provide additional CV information that could not be captured in the Common CV.
  • Applicants must, for each multi-authored publication, define their role in the publication and indicate their percent contribution to the team effort.
  • Applicants are invited to comment on environmental factors that affected their capacity to publish and to add any other contributions/activities that cannot be captured in the CCV.
  • Maximum 7000 characters.
4.2 Training Expectations

Applicants are to follow the instructions below:

  • Provide an overview of how their previous research training relates to the present proposal and elaborate on their career goals;
  • Describe how the training they expect to acquire will contribute to their productivity and to the research goals they hope to achieve, and how this award will enable them to establish themselves as independent investigators;
  • Indicate why they decided upon the proposed training location and what they expect to learn from the training experience;
  • Provide justification if they are planning to hold this award in the same research environment (i.e. research/paid institution (or its affiliate), supervisor or co-supervisor) where they completed their previous degree;
  • Maximum 7000 characters.
4.3 Research Project Summary
  • The research project summary should be completed in collaboration with the proposed supervisor(s).
  • The research project summary should be written in general scientific language, which is an important skill to acquire for future success in the research environment as applications are being reviewed by multi-disciplinary committees.
  • Include the specific hypothesis of the research and describe the applicant's role on the project.
  • The research project summary is among the most important parts of the application. Make sure that it provides a concise account of the subject matter, an overview of each part of the research plan, specific project aims and the methodology. The summary should reflect the significance of the project.
  • Maximum 3500 characters, including references.
4.4 Research Training Environment

In addition to the supervisor’s CCV, this section describes the space, facilities and personnel support that are available to the applicant.

  • It should demonstrate the commitment of the proposed supervisor(s) and their institution to support the development of the applicant's research project (funding, facilities, equipment, etc.) and professional development.
  • Maximum 1750 characters.

5. Identify Sponsors

This section collects information on the three sponsors who will provide an assessment of the applicant. These assessments should come from people under whom the applicant has trained and/or who have had a good opportunity to assess their potential for research.

  • The assessment form must be completed and submitted online by the sponsors 48 hours prior to the competition deadline and be written in either English or French. Once an assessment is submitted, it will automatically be attached to the application.
  • Applicants do not have access to the content of the assessment submitted by sponsors. However, applicants may follow the status of the assessment directly under this section.
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to follow up with sponsors to ensure the assessments are submitted prior to the deadline date and therefore ensure the application completeness.

6. Attach Other Application Materials

Leave this section blank. There are no other materials to upload for the Fellowship funding opportunity. The task will be marked as complete once applicants navigate in and out of the task.

7. Apply to Priority Announcements / Funding Pools (optional)

Priority Announcements/Funding Pools on CIHR's core competitions offer additional sources of funding for highly rated applications that are relevant to specific CIHR research priority areas or mandates.

They are listed on the CIHR website throughout the year together with CIHR's other current funding opportunities. For requirements on individual Priority Announcements/Funding Pools, verify the "How to Apply" section of each of these on the funding opportunities page. This section will indicate if relevance information is required at the application stage.

To apply for funding through a Priority Announcement/Funding Pool, select the Priority Announcement/Funding Pool title from the list and the Relevant Research Area(s) addressed by the proposal, then press save. If a relevance form is required, a text box to be completed should appear.

Priority Announcements/Funding Pools for research related to an Institute's mandate are not listed here. The application will automatically be entered into these competitions if applicants have selected the Institute as a primary (or, in some instances, secondary) Institute under "Categories" on the Project Descriptors page.

8. Print/Upload Signature Pages

Applicants must:

  1. Print the signature page PDF file which is found on ResearchNet.
  2. Verify the requirements for original signatures by consulting Required Signatures on Application Forms and Meaning of Signatures on Application Forms in the CIHR Grants and Awards Guide.
  3. Obtain Supervisor(s) Signatures.
    • The signatures of all supervisors are required.
    • Printed names should always accompany signatures.
  4. Obtain Institutional signatures.
    • If you are proposing research in Canada: both the authorized official at the Institution Paid and the authorized official at the Research Institution - Primary Location of Research signatures are required, even if both Institutions are the same.
    • If you are proposing research outside of Canada: the signature of the authorized officials at the Research Institution - Primary Location of Research is required. No signature is required for the authorized official at the Institution Paid.
    • Printed names should always accompany signatures. Signatures must show titles of institutional authorities.
  5. Scan and upload the signed signature pages, including the routing slip, as one PDF (not exceeding 30 MB), in the “Print/Upload Signature Pages” section in ResearchNet prior to submitting their application.

9. Preview Application Materials

Review all components of the application. If a section is incomplete, the missing information must be provided to successfully submit the application.

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the information provided is complete and that it conforms to application requirements.

Note: Applicants cannot preview their Common CV information through ResearchNet. They must verify the information directly on the CCV portal.

10. Consent and Submit Application

Applicants must review the terms listed and respond to the questions regarding consent in order to submit their application.

Applicants must click "Submit" to send their application to CIHR. It is highly recommended that applicants submit their application well ahead of the CIHR deadline. If this section has been performed correctly, applicants will be sent an email entitled "Successful Submission - CIHR Fellowship / Soumission acceptée - Bourse de recherche des IRSC". No further confirmation is provided.

Annex: List of CIHR-Eligible Health Professions

Please note that this list may not be exhaustive. If your profession is not listed and you require more information please contact Fellowships@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

  • Audiologist/Speech-language Pathologist
  • Chiropodist/Podiatrist
  • Chiropractor
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dentist/Dental Surgeon
  • Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Kinesiologist
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Medical Radiation Technologist
  • Midwifery
  • Naturopath
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician/Surgeon
  • Physiologist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychoeducator
  • Psychologist
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Veterinarian


  1. To be considered eligible for CIHR programs, the health profession must require at least a Bachelor's degree for licensure in Canada and be regulated by provincial legislation.
  2. The provincial legislation regarding licensing requirements for the above professions will vary from province to province.
  3. All health professionals in one of the disciplines listed above and licensed to practice in Canada are eligible to be considered for the higher stipend level under the CIHR Fellowships program.
  4. It is the responsibility of the licensing body to determine what is required in order to offer a full or educational license.