CIHR Doctoral Research Awards

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Stipend: $30,000; Research allowance: $5,000
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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
  • Doctoral Foreign Study Award  (DFSA) for students pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field abroad

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.


Profiles of Award Holders

Jennifer Lavalley

Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)

Integrating Indigenous Ways of Knowing into Overdose Responses for Urban Indigenous People who use Drugs

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

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?

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

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Further Information

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

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