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Information for Students

A variety of scholarships are available for those students pursuing graduate degrees in the areas of health and social development. These scholarships are competitive. Please consult with faculty for assistance with developing your application.

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) 

MSFHR Research Trainee Program Awards support highly qualified Master's, PhD and Post Doctoral trainees to prepare for careers as independent health researchers. While "training on the job," these exceptional students significantly increase the productivity of the research programs with which they are affiliated. By funding their training, BC is better positioned to retain them as future leaders in health research. All awards consist of an annual stipend and a research and travel allowance. For more information on upcoming funding opportunties, visit their website.

Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)

  • CIHR Graduate Scholarships

The CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's Award are intended to provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a Master's degree in a health related field in Canada. These candidates are expected to have an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity. Students need to be applying for support to pursue their first graduate degree (i.e., Master's), be full-time and completing a thesis. Full information is available on the CIHR website.

The CIHR Doctoral Research Awards consist of two programs administered through a single application: The Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards (CGS-D) program provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada. The Doctoral Foreign Study Award (DFSA) provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field abroad.

Candidates apply to the CIHR Doctoral Awards competition and top-ranked candidates are awarded a CGS-D or DFSA depending on the proposed location of research. Both awards are of equivalent value. All candidates are expected to have an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity. Please visit CIHR for more details.

  •  CIHR: Strategic Research Training Programs

IMPART: The Intersections of Mental Health Perspectives in Addictions Research Training program offers advanced research training opportunities to post-doctoral fellows, graduate students (PhD and Masters) and clinician researchers who wish to acquire specialized research  knowledge and skill in gender, women and addiction. Information is available on the website.

PICDP: CIHR Training Grant in Population Intervention for Chronic Disease Prevention: A Pan-Canadian Program is designed to build population intervention research by providing supplemental training to graduate and post-graduate trainees from a variety of disciplines. The program includes competitive annual salary stipends, a foundational course, monthly web-conferencing, an annual meeting and apprenticeship opportunities. Funded by CIHR and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Information is available on the website.

  • PORT (Psychosocial Oncology Research Training)

Port is an innovative research training initiative that links Canada’s top psychosocial oncology researchers across a variety of disciplines (e.g., nursing, psychology, management, medicine) and six universities (McGill University, Université Laval, University of Toronto, University of Manitoba, University of Calgary and University of British Columbia). This much needed initiative offers master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships awards to prepare young researchers to develop, test and refine effective and accessible state-of-the-art psychosocial cancer care interventions that will make a significant difference in the lives of people facing the threat of cancer. PORT is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR).  For more information, please visit the PORT website.


SSHRC supports postsecondary-based research, research training and knowledge mobilization activities in the social sciences and humanities. For more information on Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarships, and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, please visit their website.

CIHR Institute for Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR)

CIHR-IHSPR is committed to building, strengthening and supporting Canadian health research and knowledge translation capacity in the field of health services and policy research at every step along a researcher's career trajectory. IHSPR is also dedicated to recognizing the research excellence and knowledge translation initiatives of the next generation of health services and policy researchers.

Various resources are provided on their wesite to encourage students and trainees in the health services and policy research field. These resources include links to student awards and prizes (check out the new IHSPR Rising Star Award!), funding opportunities, training programs, knowledge translation initiatives, and networking and capacity-building programs.

UBC Okanagan

Graduate Student Travel Grants
This grant subsidizes travel to conferences for full time graduate students in Master's or Doctoral thesis programs only. In order to be eligible, students must present a poster or paper based on the results of their graduate thesis research at a national or international scholarly meeting or conference. Up to $500 for North America Conference Travel, and $1,000 for International Conference Travel is available. Application deadlines are October 15 and April 15. For more information, please visit the UBC Okanagan Office of Research Services website.

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