AbSPORU Graduate Studentships

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The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit (AbSPORU) Graduate Studentship provides opportunities for individuals enrolled in any year of a thesis-based Master’s or PhD program at one of Alberta’s four comprehensive academic research universities (CARU) to undertake research that both meaningfully engages patients and addresses their priorities.

Recipients will have the opportunity to attain the knowledge and experience they need to build exciting careers that leverage their unique training and expertise in patient-oriented research.


The program provides 13 months of funding support towards a thesis-based Master’s or Doctoral degree, consisting of a stipend of $30,000.

AbSPORU also provides a range of additional patient-oriented research training and competency development activities to build the interdisciplinary and collaborative skills required of Alberta’s next generation of researchers, clinicians and health services professionals.

How to apply

**Change from prior years – Alberta Innovates is not directly administering the competition and Applicants must submit their application to their home university.

All applications will undergo a comprehensive review and final selection process involving an external review panel convened by AbSPORU which will include patient-partner reviewers. The panel’s ranking will help inform AbSPORU’s final selection of applications for funding.

(Universities will transmit all completed applications to AbSPORU by November 15, 2021.)

More information including the application form, deadlines, eligibility, and program guide can be found on the absporu.ca website.


For questions about the AbSPORU Graduate Studentship Program please contact Kelli Buckreus (kelli.buckreus@ucalgary.ca).