Membership in the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute is open to those who want to make a difference in women and children’s health, including academics, clinicians, research trainees, health-care workers and members of government agencies and community organizations. Members' research should be relevant to WCHRI's vision and mission.


The many benefits of membership include:

  • Networking: Opportunities to share knowledge, meet other researchers and form trans-disciplinary partnerships. 
  • Research funding: Eligibility to apply for competitive research funding, including Innovation Grants and Clinical Research Grants. Limited funding is also available to support visiting speakers, hosted conferences and trainee travel. Find out more.
  • Research support: Recruitment support, start-up funding, matching funds, partnerships and letters of support.
  • Research services: Expert, affordable resources are available to help researchers with every aspect of their work through the Support Platforms for Integrated Research (SPIR) program; including: clinical trials support, study management, data management, biostatistics, knowledge translation and qualitative research design.  
  • Professional development: Regular workshops, Lunch and Learn seminars and an annual Research Day offer informative, topical presentations
  • Trainee support: Summer Studentships, Graduate Studentships and Resident/Sub-Specialty Resident research training funds are available on a competitive basis. Students, residents and post-graduate fellows are also able to present their research projects for judging, evaluation and awards at our annual Research Day.  

Membership Details

Membership is free, subject to WCHRI approval and falls under four categories: 

  • Academic — researchers with a University of Alberta academic appointment
  • Research trainees — undergraduate, graduate students, medical residents and sub-specialty residents and post-doctoral fellows under the supervision of an academic member
  • Non-academic — health-care workers, research administration staff and WCHRI staff
  • Community and stakeholders — individual members of community organizations, members of government agencies and others whose mandate relates to women and/or children’s health
An active academic member is expected to:
  • maintain an updated researcher profile on the WCHRI website.
  • list WCHRI affiliation on curricula vitae and biosketches.
  • list WCHRI affiliation in manuscripts submitted for publication.
  • participate in WCHRI events including our annual Research Day.
  • serve on grant review panels and other committees when invited.
  • collaborate with other researchers to build a sense of community.
  • acknowledge WCHRI and Foundation support on any WCHRI related research communications or publications.

Become a Member 

Apply for membership today. Please note that a CV must be uploaded for academic membership.