Training award programs

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) strives to ensure a strong foundation of future health research leaders, and is committed to offering programs that increase the supply of highly-qualified research personnel.

Since 2000, CIHR has invested $1.2B to support the training of health researchers, representing 11% of the total investment in research grants.

CIHR supports trainees in two ways:

  • Directly through training award programs:
    In 2014-2015, CIHR invested close to $64M to directly support over 1,900 Master’s, PhD, post-PhD or post-health professional degree students training in diverse health research areas in Canada or abroad.

  • Indirectly through grants and strategic initiatives:
    In 2014-2015, CIHR invested close to $135M to support trainees through strategic training programs or stipends paid off of operating grants.

CIHR directly funds trainees at all levels – Master’s, Doctoral, and Postdoctoral – in all health disciplines, includinghealth professionals (clinicians, dentists, nurses, physiotherapists, and other allied health professionals) who are interested in pursuing health research.

Graduate students

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Awards (CGS-M)

These awards provide special recognition and financial support to students who are pursuing a Master's degree in a health-related field in Canada. Candidates are expected to have an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity.

CGS-M recipients whose project studies any of the following topic areas may be considered for the honour of having their scholarship named a Canada Graduate Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela: national unity; democracy, freedom, and human rights; leadership; children’s participation in society; and children’s health.
CIHR-funded recipients of the CGS-M to Honour Nelson Mandela

Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Award (CGS-D)

CIHR Doctoral Foreign Study Awards (DFSA)

These awards provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada or abroad.

Notes

  • Successful individuals holding their award in Canada will receive a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Award (CGS-D)
  • Successful individuals holding their award outside Canada will receive a CIHR Doctoral Foreign Study Award (DFSA)
  • CGS-D recipients whose project studies any of the following topic areas may be considered for the honour of having their scholarship named a Canada Graduate Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela: national unity; democracy, freedom, and human rights; leadership; children’s participation in society; and children’s health

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)

These awards recruit top-tier doctoral students, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the Canadian economic, social and research-based growth for a prosperous future.

Note: If you already hold a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Award, you are not eligible to be nominated for a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (MSFSS)

These awards support high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences abroad. The supplements are provided to help offset the costs of undertaking research studies outside Canada for a defined period (up to 6 months).

Note: Only those who currently hold a Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Awards (CGS-M), a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Award (CGS-D), or a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) are eligible to apply for this supplement.

Postdoctoral researchers

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

These awards aim to attract and retain top-tier talent, both nationally and internationally, to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada's economic, social, and research-based growth through a research-intensive career.

CIHR Fellowship Program

These awards provide support for highly-qualified candidates at the postdoctoral (post-PhD) or post-health professional degree stages to add to their experience by engaging in health research either in Canada or abroad.

Other training and development opportunities

In addition to the above CIHR training programs, there are frequent targeted funding opportunities for trainees who are conducting research in specific topic areas that are led by CIHR's institutes or under CIHR's strategic initiatives.

Health research students and trainees can view all available opportunities through the CIHR Funding Opportunities Database.

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