Health Quality Council of Alberta Studentships
The Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) enables research activities that support the HQCA's
legislated mandate to: (1) identify effective practices and make recommendations for the improvement of
patient safety and health service quality, and (2) assist in the implementation and evaluation of strategies
designed to improve patient safety and health service quality. Both of these activities are viewed through
the lens of the Alberta Quality Matrix for Health as the framework and definition for quality and safety
across the continuum of care in Alberta (see http://www.hqca.ca/index.php?id=35).
The objectives of the HQCA research program are to:
Increase the scale and scope of health service quality and patient safety research in
Build capacity in the research domains of health service quality and patient safety.
Enable the creation of new research that is useful for front line providers; health service
administrators and organizations; and policy makers.
Facilitate knowledge uptake of health service quality and patient safety research findings
to assist front line providers; health service administrators and organizations; and policy
makers to adapt and apply relevant research findings.
The HQCA studentship funding is to support students in any healthcare profession, as
well as other disciplines (including but not limited to social sciences, human kinetics,
psychology, human factors and engineering) to participate in medical/health research.
Students must have an exemplary academic record.
Students must be registered in an undergraduate or graduate degree program (part-time or
full-time) in Alberta and must be a student during the period of the grant.
Research projects must support or address an aspect of health care quality and safety as
defined by the Alberta Quality Matrix for Health. (see
Term of grant
The grant is for a maximum period of 4 consecutive months from May to the following March.
The grant is set at $1600 per month (up to a total of $6400 for a 4 month project).
A faculty supervisor possessing a substantive record of health-oriented research and
sufficient resources to ensure the completion of the research must sponsor the student.
Supervisors may sponsor no more than 2 students per year and each student must have a
All applications must meet the eligibility requirements listed above.
Each educational institution will identify a short list of applications using the following
‐ Overall relevance to health care and health system quality and safety as defined by
the Alberta Quality Matrix for Health
‐ Relevance to the HQCA mandate
‐ Feasibility of project plan and timelines
‐ Clarity of project objectives and methodology
‐ Clarity of student tasks and deliverables
‐ Favorable student academic record
‐ Favorable supervisor experience and resources
‐ Must be a new project not already underway
‐ Letter of support from the supervisor
This short list is then forwarded to the HQCA for review and selection of the successful
applicants. This short list must be received by the HQCA by February 15, 2011.
The educational institution will be notified of their successful applicants by March 4,
The educational institution will verify that these students have accepted the studentship
Once this verification has been received, the HQCA will also send a congratulatory note
to the each of the successful applicants.
Once the HQCA is notified of the number of students participating in the studentship
program, each educational institution will be notified of their funding allocation.
The educational institution will then be required to enter in to a grant agreement with the
HQCA. On completion of the signed agreement, the funds will be released to the
educational institution. Grant agreements are implemented for a one year period ending
March 31, 2012 and funds must be spent within the period of the agreement.
Each student receiving funding must submit a final project report at the end of the four
month period in which they received the funding, or at the latest, by March 31, 2012.