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CIHR Doctoral Research Awards in Canada or Abroad, 2017

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is offering Doctoral Research Award. Scholarships provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada or abroad.

The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to provide recognition and funding to students early in their academic research career, providing them with an opportunity to gain research experience and to provide a reliable supply of highly skilled and qualified researchers.

As the Government of Canada’s health research investment agency, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) supports excellence across all four pillars of health research: biomedical; clinical; health systems services; and population health.


Course Level: Awards are available for pursuing the doctoral programme.

Study Subject: Awards are available in a health-related field in Canada.

Scholarship Award: CIHR and partner(s) financial contributions for this initiative are subject to availability of funds. Should CIHR or partner(s) funding level not be available or be decreased due to unforeseen circumstances, CIHR and partner(s) reserve the right to reduce, defer or suspend financial contributions to awards received as a result of this funding opportunity. For this competition, applications will be accepted in all areas of health research, including biomedical, clinical, health services and social, cultural, environmental and population health.

  • It is anticipated that approximately $14 million over three years will be available for the CGS-D competition, enough to fund approximately 133 awards.
  • It is anticipated that approximately $1.05 million over three years will be available for the DFSA competition, enough to fund approximately 10 awards.
  • Trainee stipend: $30,000 per annum.
  • Research allowance: $5,000 per annum

Scholarship can be taken in Canada

Eligibility: Eligibility criteria for all CIHR research funding programs apply. The business office of the institution of an eligible Nominated Principal Applicant generally administers CIHR funds. Refer to the Individual Eligibility Requirements regarding the eligibility requirements for individuals and institutions.

For the application to be eligible:

  • As the Nominated Principal Applicant, the candidate must be a trainee and maintain such status throughout the award duration. Note: For this funding opportunity, the Nominated Principal Applicant must not hold a tenure-track or tenured faculty position, nor can they be on leave from such a position (generally “tenure or tenure-track” refers to an open-ended academic position in which the holder can form a research group, apply for externally funded research as a principal investigator, and also teach).
  • A primary supervisor must be identified on the application. An additional supervisor may be identified.
  • The program is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada at the time of application.
  • Only students engaged in a full-time doctoral program that has a significant research component are eligible to apply. An eligible program of study must require that 75% of the students’ time be devoted to research training. The research component must be a requirement for completion of the program, such as the completion of a thesis, a major research project, a dissertation, a scholarly publication, a presentation and/or an exhibit that is merit/expert reviewed at the institutional level. Doctoral programs that are based only on course work are not eligible. Joint doctoral programs with a professional degree (e.g. MD/PhD, MBA/PhD, DVM/PhD, etc.) and clinically-oriented doctoral programs (e.g. PhD in Clinical Psychology) are eligible if they have a significant research component as described above.
  • The maximum duration of award funding from all federal sources to undertake graduate studies is four years, including at the Master’s level. Individuals who hold or have held a doctoral award from a federal source for a term of three years are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants may submit only one application per year (September 1 to August 31) for funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) or the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). However, individuals eligible to apply to the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program or the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program may also submit an application to the CIHR Doctoral Research Award program (this is the only exception where an individual may submit two applications in the same year).
  • As of October 1st, 2017, all candidates must have completed a minimum of 12 months of graduate study at the Master’s or doctoral level.
  • The maximum amount of time candidates can be registered as full-time students in a doctoral program is indicated below and includes all previous studies at the graduate level, regardless of discipline, either course-based or research-based 1 2 3. If a candidate:

-Holds a Master’s degree or has completed 12 months or more in a Master’s degree program prior to transferring to or starting a doctoral program, then the maximum amount of time candidate can be registered in a doctoral program is 22 months;
-Has completed less than 12 months in a Master’s degree program prior to transferring to or starting a doctoral program, then the maximum amount of time candidate can be registered in a doctoral program is 30 months;
-Has transferred directly from a Bachelor’s degree to a doctoral program (with no time in a Master’s program), then the maximum amount of time candidate can be registered in a doctoral program is 34 months.

Nationality: Canadian citizens are eligible to apply.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have previous degree.

How to Apply: To submit an application, please log into ResearchNet and create an application. You are required to follow the instructions in the Doctoral Research Awards – Application Instructions.

Important: Please read all instructions to familiarize yourself with the application process before applying. In order to ensure fairness in the evaluation of applications, CIHR will not accept updates to applications after the application deadline.

Submission Requirements

  • This Funding Opportunity participates in the eApproval process. As such, once submitted the application will be electronically directed to the proposed Institution Paid for review and approval. The eApproval process allows Administrators at the Institution to review and electronically approve an application for which the applicant has identified their institution as the Institution Paid. Once the application is reviewed and approved by the Institution, it will be submitted electronically to CIHR on behalf of the applicant. When completing the application on ResearchNet, detailed instructions on the eApproval process are available in the “Electronic Approval tool – Applicant’s Guide” under the “Enter Proposal Information” task, “Details” subtask.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is October 3, 2017.

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