Patient and Community Engagement Training

Engage patients and the community with your research

The Patient and Community Engagement Training (PaCET) program aims to increase trainee capacity in conducting participatory research in projects focused on women and/or children’s health. Participatory research is a broad-based approach that involves patients, clinicians, community groups, government and/or non-government organizations (NGOs) as engaged partners in collaborative research studies that affect them and in which they have a stake. Awards of up to $1,000 per month are available for a maximum of eight months (September to April).


  • The applicant must be registered in a full-time, graduate studies program or engaged as a postdoctoral fellow (PDF) at the University of Alberta in a health-related discipline at the time of application.
  • Applicants must complete the WCHRI in-training membership requirements prior to submission of the application.
  • The proposed project must be the applicant’s graduate/PDF project.
  • Projects must be supervised by a WCHRI academic member.
  • Supervisors may put forward only one applicant per year.
The applicant must be a trainee in a research program/project directly relevant to women and/or children’s health that aims to engage patient/stakeholder/community at the mid-high level of engagement (collaboration; partnership; empowerment). The applicant must have on -going, project-specific supervision provided by an academic WCHRI member, preferably with experience engaging non-academic stakeholders in research. 
All applicants must be able to attend monthly cohort training meetings.


The 2019 competition closes May 2, 2019.

Application information

Competition results

Congratulations to all successful awardees! View the 2018 PaCET competition results and past grant awards and statistics.


View our grant review committee members.

For further information

Contact Tatjana Alvadj, research coordinator, at or WCHRI grants administration at