CIHR Doctoral Research Awards

Updated: about 6 hours ago
Deadline: 15 Sep 2020

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15 September 2020 at 12:00 pm PDT for the CIHR CGS-D, 19 October 2020 for the CIHR DFSA
Annual Value
Stipend: $30,000; Research allowance: $5,000
Permanent Resident
Degree Level


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Awards provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field. Two types of awards are available. Please be advised that an applicant can only apply to one competition in the same year:

  • Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Awards  (CGS-D) for students pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada
    • UBC application deadline: 15 September 2020 at 12:00 pm PDT
  • Doctoral Foreign Study Award  (DFSA) for students pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field abroad
    • CIHR application deadline: 19 October 2020 (apply directly to CIHR)

In addition, please note that if successful, an applicant cannot change the proposed location or institution paid from a Canadian institution to a foreign institution since the purpose of these competitions are different.


Meet Award Holders

Henry Lu

Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)

Uncovering novel roles of the CARD11-BCL10-MALT1 (CBM) complex in immunity: unique insights from human primary immunodeficiency diseases

Amy Inkster

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)

Sex differences and X chromosome inactivation in the human placenta (focused on epigenetic and gene expression profiling)

Verena Rossa-Roccor

Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)

Academics as activists? Leveraging political knowledge-to-action strategies to improve ecological determinants of health through climate policy

Peter Grin

Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)

Matrix Metalloproteinase processing of PCSK9 in Cholesterol Regulation

Lingyi (Gloria) Li

Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)

The risk of multiple sclerosis among users of tumor necrosis factor inhibitors: A Canadian population-based study

Courtney van Ballegooie

Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Oncology (PhD)

Patient Understanding of Modern Chemotheraputics: Has the increasing complexity of chemotherapy impacted patients quality of life and understanding?

Brock Williams

Doctor of Philosophy in Human Nutrition (PhD)

Folic acid supplementation in children with sickle cell disease

Angela McLaughlin

Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD)

Models of infectious disease transmission for HIV and other rapidly evolving RNA viruses

Jennica Nichols

Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)

Reimagining Research-Based Theatre: An Arts-Based Approach to Engaging Veterans, Families, and Service Providers in the Co-Design of an Intervention to Improve Veterans' Success in Higher Education

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Further Information

For further information, please visit CIHR's health research training award programs page .

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