Training and Early Career Development Programs

Over the past two decades countries have come to recognize innovation as central to economic sustainability and growth, leading to an increased focus on Highly Skilled People. These individuals - who have advanced degrees in fields such as science, engineering, medicine, finance and economics - are an essential component of knowledge creation and innovation. AIHS is providing opportunities to foster the development of future health research and innovation leaders, and prepare them to be drivers of change in diverse settings and environments.

The AIHS Training and Early Career Development Programs provide opportunities for trainees to gain broad experience within the health research environment to facilitate success in launching careers in academia, industry, government or elsewhere. Investment in Highly Skilled People will support the development of a high-quality workforce that is essential to transforming health and wellbeing through research and innovation.

Alberta's Health Research and Innovation Strategy (AHRIS) Areas of Thematic Priority

Wellness at Every Age
  • Child and maternal health
  • Mental health and addiction
  • Chronic disease
  • Infectious disease
  • Health promotion
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Injury prevention, acute care and rehabilitation
  • Environmental health
Innovative Health Service Delivery
  • Effectiveness and efficiency
  • Innovative delivery models
  • Chronic disease management support systems
  • Personalized medicine

What are the defining principles of the Training and Early Career Development Opportunities?

The Training and Early Career Development opportunities will:

  • Focus on priorities.
  • Develop skills.
  • Provide mentorship.
  • Recognize diversity.
  • Integrate knowledge translation.

What Opportunities are available?

Graduate Studentships for individuals enrolled in health related research areas for a Master’s or PhD at an Alberta university.

Postgraduate Fellowships for trainees who hold a PhD and/or a professional health degree (without clinical accreditation) and who are conducting postdoctoral research at an Alberta university in a health professional or health related program.

Clinician Researcher Training for individuals that have clinical accreditation and are pursuing graduate or postgraduate health related research. The clinician researcher training stream includes:

MD-PhD Studentship for individuals undertaking combined MD-PhD degrees at an Alberta University.

Clinician Fellowship for individuals with clinical credentials to undertake graduate or postgraduate research in a health professional or health-related program.

AIHS/Mitacs Health Pilot Partnership is for graduate or postgraduate students who want to apply their science skills to the real-world problems of a not-for-profit organization.

Media Fellowships are for undergraduate or graduate students looking to expand their skills in communicating science.

Summer Studentships are for undergraduate students wishing to spend two to four months working in on health related research.

Heritage Youth Researcher Summer (HYRS) Program is for Grade 11 students in Alberta wishing to spend six weeks doing hands-on health research.


General Policies and Conditions
* Guidelines for trainee awards in place prior to July 1, 2012

Graduate Studentship and Postgraduate Fellowship Program Guide

Clinician Researcher Training Stream Program Guide