Grants and Awards
AIHS Full-Time Fellowships
This program is now closed to new entry. Please see the Training and Early Career Development Programs for application opportunities.
- Term of Award
- Start Date
- Location of Training
- Stipend and allowances
- Renewal of Awards
- Fellowship Awards
Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) Full-Time Fellowships enable highly qualified doctoral graduates to prepare for careers in medical or health research as independent investigators. The awards consist of a stipend and 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.
3 years, maximum.
The award may be implemented at any time within 12 months from the date of offer.
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.
Fellowship awards will consist of a stipend and a research allowance.
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.
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.