Training and Early Career Development Programs
What is the Graduate Studentship?
The Graduate Studentship provides opportunities for support for individuals undertaking health-related research areas in pursuit of a Master’s or PhD at an Alberta university.
What are the objectives of the Graduate Studentship Opportunity?
The Graduate Studentship Program will:
- Foster the development of high quality, broadly trained health researchers and enhance the important contribution graduate students make to the research and innovation sector.
- Provide support for both scientific training and career development and facilitate the acquisition of the professional skills crucial to achieving success in obtaining a graduate degree and in developing a successful career;
- Provide additional training and career development opportunities for trainees across a wide range of sectors
Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program at an Alberta university undertaking health-related training leading to a thesis-based graduate degree. Applicants must have completed their first year of graduate training, at the time of award implementation. The Graduate Studentship is tenable only at an Alberta university.
What is the PLUS option?
What can you do with the PLUS?
The PLUS option is all about customizing the Graduate Studentship experience in a way that best suits the trainee's individual career plans. The PLUS can be used to:
- Gain experience in another academic environment.
- Gain experience in health services, or in a health policy environment.
- Gain experience in industry.
- Gain experience in a non-profit organization.
For more information on the PLUS contact:
Ryan Perry, PhD
The Graduate Studentship Program offers an optional component called the PLUS option. The PLUS option provides up to one year of additional support so that trainees can gain valuable experience and additional skills beyond those acquired through their direct graduate research training.
What opportunity does the Graduate Studentship provide?
The Graduate Studentship provides a stipend of $30,000 per year, and a research and career development allowance $2000 per year.
The Graduate Studentship provides up to a maximum of four years of funding support towards a doctoral degree; and support will NOT be provided beyond six years of enrollment in graduate school leading to a doctoral degree.
The Graduate Studentship provides up to a maximum of two years of funding support towards a Master’s degree; and support will NOT be provided beyond three years of enrollment in graduate school leading to a Master’s degree.
Under the PLUS option, AIHS will consider providing up to one additional year of support for the trainee to gain experience in areas outside the scope of their direct research training.
How do I apply?
Click the apply button at the bottom of the page.
Applications will be accepted into an annual April competition. The next competition deadline is April 2, 2013.
What is the review process?
All applications undergo a rigorous review process by a committee whose membership is both interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral. Applicants for the Graduate Studentship will be assessed with a focus on the graduate trainee, their career plan and the anticipated benefits they would gain from the opportunities provided by the proposed training environment(s) as measured by the following criteria:
- Academic track record
- Relevant work and/or research experience
- Career development plans
- Supervisory team, the research and the mentorship environment
- Research proposal
For the PLUS option, a second phase of review would require Graduate Studentship recipients to provide a proposal for the use of this additional opportunity.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Grants Coordinator, Programs
Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions