CIHR Doctoral Research Awards

Category(s): Application to or Recommendation submitted by Department or Faculty

Department(s): Education, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST), Kinesiology, Nursing, Psychology

Administration: External

Field: Health Research

Value: $30,000 + $5,000 reearch allowance / year

Number: Variable

Duration: 2-3 years


The CIHR Doctoral Research Awards consist of two programs administered through a single application:
The Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards (CGS-D) program provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada.
The Doctoral Foreign Study Award (DFSA) provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field abroad.

Candidates apply to the CIHR Doctoral Research Awards competition and top-ranked candidates are awarded a CGS-D or DFSA depending on the proposed location of research. Both awards are of equivalent value.

All candidates are expected to have an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity.

Funds Available

CIHR and external partner(s) financial contributions for this initiative are subject to availability of funds. Should CIHR or external partner(s) funding levels not be available or are 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 policy, 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.
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.



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;
To provide a reliable supply of highly skilled and qualified researchers.

Funding Opportunities in Specific Research Areas

The CGS-D and the DFSA programs will fund applications in any area of health research. Additional funds are available, in specific research areas, to support Doctoral Research Award applications that are not funded through either the CGS-D or the DFSA.
Doctoral Research Award: Fall 2013 Priority Announcement (Specific Research Areas) (This competition is now closed)

Partner Participation

The Doctoral Research Awards competition has no formal requirements for partnering.

From time to time, additional funding for the Doctoral Research Awards competition may be made available through partnerships with other health research funding organizations. These funding opportunities will be announced individually where they occur through priority announcements.



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.

Eligibility to Apply

For your application to be eligible:
1.The Nominated Principal Applicant must be a trainee;
2.At least one project participant, other than the Nominated Principal Applicant must be a supervisor;
3.You may also choose one additional supervisor (who must meet the same requirements as those of the primary supervisor).

Eligibility requirements specific to this funding opportunity include the following:
The program is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada at the time of application.
Only those students engaged in full-time doctoral research training (research training is defined as a minimum of 30 hours/week dedicated to research and course work) in a graduate school are eligible for support.
The maximum duration of award funding from all federal sources to undertake graduate studies is four years, including at the Master's level. The only exception is in the case of a Health Professional funded through the CIHR Fellowship award program.
Individuals who hold or have held a doctoral award from a federal source for a term of three years are not eligible to apply.
Individuals eligible to apply to the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program or the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program may also submit an application to the Doctoral Research Award program.
As of the application deadline, all candidates must have completed a minimum of 12 months of graduate study at the Master's or PhD level

For more information, please visit the website.
Also, please contact the Awards Assistant at the School of Graduate Studies for information about deadlines and information sessions.

Awarding Agency: Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)


Deadline: n/a

Recommendation needed from faculty?: No

Citizenship: Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident

International: No

Gender: Either

Campus: Any

Full/Part time: Full time

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