This program is now closed to new entry.
Please see our Training and Early Career Development Funding section for current Postgraduate Fellowship opportunities.
Value & Term
Stipend value: $50,000 per year; Research Allowance: $5,000 per year. Maximum of 3 years.
Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) Full-Time Fellowships enables highly qualified doctoral graduates to prepare for careers in medical or health research as independent investigators.The award consists of a stipend and a research allowance.
Candidates must have a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., D.V.M. or D.Pharm. degree. Normally, support will not be provided beyond 6 years after receipt of the Ph.D. degree, or beyond 8 years after receipt of the M.D., D.D.S., D.V.M. or D.Pharm. degrees. Applicants with an M.D. or D.D.S. may wish to consider applying for an AIHS Clinical Fellowship award. Please note the special eligibility criteria for this award. Candidates who have interrupted their training for parenting or other reasons and who have consequently exceeded this time limit, may apply for fellowship support. In order to be considered, however, the candidate is advised to clearly explain the nature of his/her particular circumstances at the time of application.
The award may be implemented at any time within 12 months from the date of offer.
Location of Training
Full-time fellowship awards are normally tenable at an Alberta university. AIHS will consider requests for training outside of Alberta from Canadian citizens or permanent residents who meet the following criteria:
- they have received the majority of their training in Alberta, and have demonstrated exceptional research performance
- they have superior academic records
- they have strong institutional support as demonstrated by an interest in the Fellow’s future re-recruitment to Alberta.
A faculty supervisor having a record of productive health-oriented research and possessing sufficient resources to ensure the satisfactory conduct of the research must sponsor the candidate. He/she must provide direct supervision and should not supervise more than four full-time AIHS-supported trainees. Candidates will NOT receive approval for fellowship training in the same department or with the same supervisor as that associated with the majority of their doctoral training.
Stipend and Allowances
Fellowship awards will consist of a stipend and a research allowance. Please note: As of October 1, 2011, the stipend value was increased $50,000/year and the Research Allowance value was increased to $5,000/year. The research allowance will be administered by the university with the expectation that the supervisor will approve any expenses made to the allowance. Approved uses of the research allowance include:
- the purchase of scientific materials, supplies and expendables,
- the purchase of minor equipment (note: the policies of the host institution with respect to ownership of equipment will apply to equipment bought with these funds),
- computer software programs,
- costs for the use of libraries, or computers,
- costs associated with the publication of research results,
- travel expenses to attend scientific meetings,
- purchase of books, periodicals and journals.
If the award is terminated prematurely, unused funds must be returned to AIHS. See also the Stipend, Supplemental Income and AIHS Incentive Award sections of the General Policies and Conditions for Legacy Trainee Awards document (PDF 193 KB).
Renewal of Awards
Fellowship awards are normally provided for an initial period of 24 months and may be renewed for one additional year upon submission of a progress report that is satisfactory to AIHS.
The trainee and the supervisor must complete and submit the final report form within one month of the termination or completion of an award.
For more information:
Initiatives and Innovations, Alberta Innovates
AIHS and Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada
Studentships or Fellowhips for Research In Inflammatory Bowel Disease In partnership with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC), we are providing support to studentships and fellowships in gastrointestinal research. Building on the tradition of funding high quality trainees, this partnership will enable more students and fellows to receive funding in the research area of inflammatory bowel disease. The partnership supports the strategic directions of both agencies in ensuring resources are directed to timely research in an area of health that affects many Albertans and Canadians. Students and fellows with interests in the following priority areas are encouraged to apply:
- Fundamental biology of the intestine
- Genetic and environmental factors in inflammatory bowel disease, which includes:
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Population health research including education strategies
For more information, please email our Programs department or call 780-423-5727.