Graduate Studentship & Postgraduate Fellowships

Alberta SPOR Graduate Studentship

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What is the Alberta SPOR Graduate Studentship?

The Alberta SPOR Graduate Studentship provides opportunities for individuals enrolled in a thesis-based Master’s or PhD program at an Alberta university to undertake health-related research with a patient-oriented approach.

Value & Term

$30,000 stipend for one year, and training opportunities in patient-oriented research.

What are the objectives of the Alberta SPOR Graduate Studentship?

The objectives of the Alberta SPOR Graduate Studentship include:

  • Supporting and training first year Master’s or PhD graduate students in the principles and practice of POR;
  • Providing POR activities to develop capacity through a multi-disciplinary approach for all stakeholders including applicants, thesis supervisors, patients, and community team members;
  • Creating opportunities for stakeholder groups to work closely together from conceptualization of research question to dissemination and implementation of results at the practice and community levels;
  • Demonstrating the impact of the Alberta SPOR Graduate Studentship for the student and the development of their project by providing a Studentship Impact Narrative at the end of the funding year.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants must reside in Alberta and be enrolled in, or accepted to, a graduate program at an Alberta university undertaking health-related research training leading to a thesis-based graduate degree. Applicants may be entering their first year of graduate studies in either September of the competition year or January of the award year.

Important: Please review the Graduate Studentship the Program Guide before applying.

Award Recipients


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has developed provincial partnerships across the country to support Patient-Oriented Research (POR) with expertise, resources, and knowledge. The Alberta SPOR Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) Unit is dedicated to increasing the quantity and quality of patient-oriented research in Alberta.

The Alberta SPOR Graduate Studentship is jointly funded by Alberta Innovates and CIHR.

Program Contact Information

Name: Kathy Morrison
Title: Senior Coordinator, Grants Processing
Phone: 780-429-7655