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Students seeking funding support in the platform areas of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Nanotechnology and Omics should check our Graduate Student Scholarship opportunities.

Training and Early Career Development
These opportunities support the development and mobilization of Alberta’s next generation of health research and innovation leaders.

What’s New?

  • Information Session:  2019 Alberta SPOR Graduate Studentship competition:  September 17, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Register today. 


The health sector is a major contributor to well-being and economic prosperity. With an emphasis on advancing scientific knowledge and translating it into more effective treatments, services, and solutions, health sector performance is dependent on Highly Skilled People (HSPs).

To enhance the recruitment, development and retention of the Province’s next generation of R&I leaders, Alberta Innovates administers a portfolio of Training and Early Career Development programs. This website outlines the 2019/2020 suite of programs available to graduate students (Masters and PhD) and post-graduate (postdoctoral) scholars engaged in health-related research and training (collectively referred to as ‘Trainees’) at a post-secondary institution in Alberta.

2019 / 2020 Funding Opportunities at a Glance

Opportunity Applicant Eligibility Project Eligibility

SPOR Graduate Studentships

Stipend: Up to $30,000 for a maximum of one year.

Reside in Alberta and be enrolled in graduate program at a post-secondary institution

Be in, or entering, their first year of graduate program at an Alberta University in either September of the competition year or January of the following year

Application supported / sponsored by a Primary Research Supervisor

Health-related research project associated with a thesis-based graduate degree (i.e. Master’s or Doctoral degree, or the research portion of a combined MD/PhD)

Research project includes at least one of the following:

  • Meaningfully engages patients as partners
  • Focuses on patient-identified priorities
  • Aims to improve patient outcomes

Graduate Sudentships in Health Innovation

Stipend: Up to $30,000 per year for a maximum of three years

Annual career development allowance: $2,000

Currently enrolled in a graduate program at a post-secondary institution in Alberta

Will have completed at least one year of graduate training at the time of award implementation

Application supported / sponsored by a Primary Research Supervisor

Health-related research project associated with a thesis-based Graduate degree (i.e. Master’s or Doctoral degree, or the research portion of a combined MD/PhD)

Postgraduate Fellowships in Health Innovation

Stipend: Up to $50,000 per year for a maximum of three years

Annual career development allowance: $5,000

Will have completed a PhD at the time of award implementation

Have accepted, or currently hold, a post-doctoral appointment at a post-secondary institution in Alberta

Application supported / sponsored by a Primary Research Supervisor

Health-related research activities.


* See program guides, application forms, and application instructions to confirm eligibility.

** Note:  Alberta Innovates is not offering the MD-PhD Studentship or Clinician Fellowship specific streams in 2019/2020. Individuals who are pursuing research training in combination with, or after, a professional health degree are strongly encouraged to apply to the general programs listed above.  

2019 / 2020 Competitions (Submission Deadline: October 11, 2019)

These competitions are highly competitive with 300+ submissions received each year.  We anticipate funding up to 12 SPOR Graduate Studentships, 26 Graduate Studentships in Health Innovation, and 15 Postgraduate Fellowships in 2019 / 2020 (subject to budget approval).

For Funded Trainees