CIRN Trainee Scholarship
Revised: May 2, 2018
The objectives of the CIRN Trainee Scholarship program are to increase support through trainee funding for CIRN research projects led by a CIRN investigator as defined below, and to train the next generation of vaccine researchers. This will be achieved by funding trainees working on projects funded by CIRN, projects that support CIRN networks, and projects funded outside of CIRN that support CIRN’s mandate.
To apply for a CIRN Trainee stipend, the applicant must meet the following criteria at the time of application:
• Have completed their PhD or expect to complete their PhD by August 31, 2018.
• Postdoctoral award recipients who have not completed their PhD at the time of application must complete their degree before commencing the award.
• They must be classified as a trainee at the institution where they will be doing the fellowship, and meet a minimum commitment of 75% of their time in the postdoctoral training role proposed in the application. Note: For the purpose of this funding opportunity, trainees must not hold a tenure-track or tenured faculty position, nor can they be on leave from such a position (generally “tenure or tenure-track” refers to an open-ended academic position in which the holder can form a research group, apply for externally funded research as a principal investigator, and also teach).
• Have been accepted to, or, are currently enrolled in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd years of a PhD program. PhD candidates beyond their third year of training may be eligible to apply if there are extenuating circumstances and they will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
• Only those students engaged in full-time research training in a graduate school are eligible for support. At the time of application, all candidates must have completed at least 12 months of graduate study at the Master’s and/or PhD level.
• Recipients must be registered in a full-time PhD program before commencing the award.
• Have been accepted to, are currently enrolled in, or just finished Year 1 of a full-time thesis-based Master’s degree program.
• Master’s students are only eligible to apply for one year of funding.
The applicant must also:
• Be engaged in research activities relevant to at least one of the four CIRN mandated priorities:
1. Rapid evaluation of vaccines for safety & immunogenicity
2. Population based methods to evaluate vaccine effectiveness and safety
3. Research on interventions to improve vaccine acceptance and uptake
4. Vaccine modeling and economic analysis
Priority will be given to applicants proposing to work on projects that are either funded by CIRN or support CIRN networks.
• Be supervised by a CIRN Investigator defined as:
• Has an academic appointment at a Canadian university
• Is permitted to supervise trainees at their university;
• Holds an independent research appointment in areas of investigation where it is clear that the research has direct relevance to immunization and vaccinology
• Has been named as Nominated Principal Applicant, Principal Applicant or Co-Applicant on a CIRN grant at any time since 2014 and/or is currently a lead or co-investigator in a CIRN-funded project or CIRN network.
• Be eligible to study or work in Canada and must be conducting their research in Canada.
• Demonstrate that additional salary support was or will be sought from other sources through formal application. Renewal of funding is contingent on demonstrating evidence of application to other funding sources.
• Proposed work must be part of the trainee’s thesis (Master’s or PhD) or at least 50% of the trainee’s time (post-doctoral level)
• Projects not funded by CIRN must have secured operating funds by the time of application.
Funding Amounts & Duration
The maximum amount of funding designated for research trainees by the CIRN Management Committee annually is:
|Trainee Level||Funding Available||Duration|
|PhD||$30,000||Up to two years|
|Post-Doctoral||$50,000||Up to two years|
Dates and Deadlines
The following dates will be used for the 2018 competition:
|Deadline for Application||Notice of Award||Funding Start Date|
|June 15, 2018 - 2pm ADT||July 16, 2018||September 1, 2018|
How to Apply
Please carefully review the information below before applying. If applicants have any questions related to their eligibility, they are encouraged to discuss with their supervisor, or contact the CIRN Network Management Office.
|Confirm Eligibility||Consider whether you meet the eligibility requirements above|
|Review Application Requirements||Be sure to carefully review all application requirements, as outlined in the document below:
- 2018 CIRN Trainee Application Form
|Step 3: Complete Application|
|Send completed application form and all necessary attachments to Jason Bremner by 2 p.m. Atlantic time on June 15, 2018. Late applications will not be considered:
Application Review Process
Applications will be reviewed and scored through a peer-review process similar to the process used by CIHR. Reviewers will consider the achievements and activities of the applicant, the supervisor and research training environment, the suitability of the project for the trainee’s abilities and goals, and the relevance of the project to CIRN’s mandate.
CIRN Administrative Policy
To review CIRN’s administrative policy and standard operating procedures related to the Trainee Scholarship, click here.