Peer Review Committees and Mandates - Fellowships

CIHR Fellowships are provided to trainees (i.e. PhD holders, Health Professionals and Allied Health Professionals) wishing to perform research or proceed to a graduate degree.

The evaluation of Fellowship applications focuses on the candidate's track record, characteristics and abilities as well as the research proposal and environment/support.

Applications are assigned to one of the five committees described below based on the following:

  • the candidate's educational background at the time of award uptake;
  • the candidate's licensure status as of the application deadline (if applicable);
  • the scientific area of the proposed research activities*.

*Note: The scientific area is based on CIHR’s four broad themes. Generally, applications related to the biomedical and/or clinical research themes are categorized as part of the biomedical scientific area while applications related to the health services and/or social, cultural, environmental and population health research themes are categorized as part of the health research scientific area. A particular theme of research may overlap scientific areas; however, it is the candidate’s responsibility to determine which is most appropriate, representing more than fifty percent of the research project.

Allied Health Professionals (FAH)

This committee reviews Fellowship award applications from licensed Allied Health Professionals (who may or may not hold a PhD degree) and non-licensed Allied Health Professionals who do not hold a PhD degree, to assess the candidate's potential as a prospective independent investigator in biomedical, clinical, health services and/or social, cultural, environmental and population health research.

Note: Allied Health Professionals exclude medical doctors (MD), doctors of veterinary medicine (DVM) and doctors of dental science (DDS).

Health Professional Awards (FHP)

This committee reviews Fellowship award applications from licensed Health Professionals (who may or may not hold a PhD degree) and non-licensed Health Professionals who do not hold a PhD degree, to assess the candidate's potential as a prospective independent investigator in biomedical and/or clinical research.

Note: Health Professionals only include medical doctors (MD), doctors of veterinary medicine (DVM) and doctors of dental science (DDS).

Fellowships – Post-PhD (FPP)

This committee reviews Fellowship award applications from PhD holders, non-licensed Health Professionals who hold a PhD degree and non-licensed Allied Health Professionals who hold a PhD degree, to assess the candidate's potential as a prospective independent investigator in biomedical and/or clinical research.

Health Research Training A – Post-PhD (HTA)

This committee reviews Fellowship award applications from PhD holders to assess the candidate's potential as a prospective independent investigator in health services research and/or social, cultural, environmental and population health research.

Health Research Training B (HTB)

This committee reviews Fellowship award applications from licensed and/or non-licensed Health Professionals, who may or may not hold a PhD degree and for non-licensed Allied Health Professionals holding a PhD degree, to assess the candidate's potential as a prospective independent investigator in health services and/or social, cultural, environmental and population health research.

Note: Health Professionals only include medical doctors (MD), doctors of veterinary medicine (DVM) and doctors of dental science (DDS). Allied Health Professionals include all other CIHR-Eligible health professions.

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