This program is now closed to new entry.

Please see our Training and Early Career Development Funding section for current Graduate Studentship opportunities.

Value & Term

Stipend value: $30,000 per year; Research Allowance value: $2,000/year. Maximum of 5 years; maximum 3 years of funding available at the master’s level.


Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) Full-time Studentships enables academically superior students to undertake full-time research training in the basic biomedical sciences or in clinical research. The award consists of a stipend and a research allowance.


Candidates must have been accepted into, or be currently engaged in, a full-time, thesis-based, graduate program at an Alberta-based university in a health-related discipline leading to a Master’s or doctoral degree. This award is not available to students registered in a course-based program. Normally, support will not be provided beyond 6 years of enrollment in graduate school.

Candidates who have interrupted their training for parenting or other reasons and who have consequently exceeded this time limit, may apply for studentship support. In such cases, however, the candidate is advised to clearly explain the nature of his/her particular circumstances at the time of application.

Start Date

The award may be implemented at any time within 6 months from the date of offer.

Location of Training

Full-time studentship awards are tenable only at an Alberta-based university.


A faculty supervisor possessing both a record of productive health-oriented research and 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.

Stipend and Allowances

Studentship awards will consist of a stipend and a research allowance.

Please note: As of October 1, 2011, the stipend value was increased $30,000/year and the Research Allowance value was increased to $2,000/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. The research allowance cannot be used for salary support.

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

Studentship awards are normally provided for an initial period of 24 months and are renewable (upon submission of annual progress reports that are satisfactory to AIHS) to a maximum total period of support of 5 years.

Final Report

The trainee and the supervisor must complete and submit the final report form within one month of the termination or completion of an award.


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Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada

Studentships or Fellowships 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