The Arthritis Society offers studentships to PhD students who are undertaking full-time research training in an area of clear relevance to arthritis and The Arthritis Society's research strategy and Theme(s). Applications are to be made by the proposed supervisor, who must be a Canadian arthritis researcher / Investigator with a research appointment at a CIHR-eligible Canadian university or research institute. In addition to courses in research methods, the training program must include actual involvement in research. Students enrolled in programs oriented toward clinical training with no research thesis are NOT eligible for this award.
Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to participate in The Society’s Annual Trainee Workshop in October, held in conjunction with the Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s annual conference. The intent of the workshop is to fill gaps in the young investigators’ training at their respective institutes. The focus of this year’s workshop will be patient engagement in research and communicating the value of your research to the lay audience. Pending available funds, The Society is aiming to support a maximum of three (3) Graduate PhD awards in 2017-18.
The Arthritis Society Training Program provides 50% of the salary awarded through this program. Applicants are required to identify one or more partners who will provide the other 50% of the salary award. Partner funding may come from government (F/P/T), industry or academic institution sources or be allocated from a research agency grant.
The Society will begin accepting applications for the 2017/18 competition on April 3, 2017.
To be eligible for studentship support,
- Students must be engaged in full-time training in research in a Canadian graduate school leading to a PhD.
- Students may be supported for up to three years within their first six years of PhD training.
- Students must be working on a research project with clear relevance to the research themes identified in The Arthritis Society's 5-year strategic plan;
- The roles and responsibilities of an Eligible Institution receiving and managing the Society’s research and training funds are defined in the Society’s Research and Training Program Guidelines and Policies [PDF].