Government of Canada offers health research training awards to refugees

June 28, 2016

Canada is recognized as a leader in building partnerships and uniting researchers of different nationalities and cultures in the shared pursuit of scientific excellence. As such, there is an obvious fit for our country to play a leadership role in opening up our health research community to newly arrived refugees.

The Government of Canada is offering doctoral or post-doctoral health research training awards to eligible refugees. These training awards are being provided in an effort to assist recently arrived refugees with their settlement process as well as to facilitate their re-entry into the research careers they left behind. The recipients of the awards will do their training in one of the eligible Canadian research institution, under the leadership of a researcher with an independent appointment.

This initiative will also strengthen the Canadian health research enterprise by adding new talent and fresh perspectives to our community of researchers.

The awards will support refugees for up to three years, beginning in spring of 2017.

Apply for a Doctoral Research Award
$35,000 per year, per award, for up to three years.
Deadline to apply: October 4, 2016

Apply for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award
Up to $45,000 per year, per award, for up to three years.
Deadline to apply: November 1, 2016

Overview of eligibility criteria

  • Must be a refugee living in Canada and that has arrived since September 2014. (Privately sponsored, Government sponsored, and blended visa office-referred refugees are eligible);
  • Must be registered in a full-time research training program at an eligible Canadian research institution at the start of the award period;
  • Must be under the supervision of a researcher with an independent appointment at an eligible research institution;
  • If available, applicants must submit official academic transcripts.

Join an information webinar

Join an information webinar for more information about eligibility criteria and application process:

Register by clicking on the date above. Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the webinar.

This Government of Canada initiative is a partnership between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Contact information

CIHR Contact Centre
Telephone: 613-954-1968
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178
support@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

Officers are available Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET and until 8 p.m. ET on application deadline days.

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