CIHR Graduate Scholarships


Late September to 1 December, depending on funding opportunity

Annual Value

$17,500 to $35,000


Permanent Resident

Degree Level


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) provides financial support to outstanding students pursuing master's or doctoral studies in health sciences.



Complete eligibility criteria are available on the CIHR website.

Potential applicants should also be sure that they are submitting their application to the most appropriate of the three federal funding agencies (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC).  If applicants are unsure whether they should submit their application to CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC, they should send a half-page summary of their intended research proposal to one of the agencies and ask the agency to confirm in writing (including by e-mail) if they are eligible to apply to that agency. Applicants are advised to err on the side of caution, and ask the funding agency for an assessment rather than guess or assume incorrectly.

Evaluation Criteria

Complete evaluation criteria are available on the CIHR website.

Application Procedures

CIHR administers several funding opportunities for graduate students. 

The below information is for last year's competition, and will be updated in July 2016.

CIHR Doctoral Awards and Fellowships

Applications for Doctoral Research Awards and for Fellowships are submitted directly to CIHR. There is no university-level adjudication for these awards, though the on-line submission is done by the Office of Research Services. For more information about signatures and internal UBC deadlines, please see the Office of Research Services website.

CIHR CGS-Master's Awards

The CGS-Master's programs for CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC are harmonized:

  • the online application system is expected to be available by mid-September 2015
  • applicants will submit a single online application, and can choose to have their application considered by up to five universities
  • applicants will upload their transcripts to the online application
  • the deadline for applicants to submit their application online will most likely be December 1, 2015
  • for further details, see:

Adjudication Procedures

Applications for Master’s funding are first reviewed and ranked by the applicant's UBC graduate program. The graduate program forwards its top-ranked applicants to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, which oversees a university-wide adjudication of all nominated applications. Adjudication committees composed of UBC faculty members review and rank nominated applications and select which applications will be offered CIHR CGSM awards. The first round of award offers will be made on April 1, 2016.

Profiles of Award Holders

Peggy Assinck

Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
The role of myelination after spinal cord injury

Andrea Jones

Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
Mental Health and Addictions Research

Julien Richard Albert

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
Epigenetic regulation of the mouse germline transcriptome

Corrie Belanger

Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology (MSc)
Studying the mechanisms of susceptibility of opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa to antibiotics in host-like conditions for the discovery of potential in vivo antimicrobial targets and for improvement of antibiotic discovery methods.

Jack Calder

Master of Science in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (MSc)
Transformation induced dependency of the normally non-vital RNA helicase DDX3X provides a novel therapeutic strategy in lung cancer

Boaz Y. Saffer

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
Impaired neurocognition and risk for suicide

Heather Filyk

Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology (MSc)
Exploring how gastrointestinal viruses, bacteria, and parasites influence immune homeostasis, health, and disease.

Jordan Squair

Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
Autonomic dysfunction following spinal cord injury: mechanisms, novel treatments, and clinical reality

Parker Jobin

Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
Moonlighting Proteins as Targets of Matrix Metalloproteinases

Further Information

For further information, please consult the CIHR website.