Become a WCHRI-funded graduate student

Graduate Studentship Award Program information

The WCHRI Graduate Studentship Program offers competitively funded trainee support to outstanding students who are engaged in a full-time, thesis-based graduate-level program of study at the University of Alberta. The award is valued at up to $18,000 per year and may be held for up to two years. Students and their supervisors from all faculties/departments and disciplines researching issues related to women and/or children’s health are encouraged to apply.


All applications to WCHRI must align with our relevance criteria in order to be eligible for funding.

Eligibility criteria for the Graduate Studentship Award Program is as follows:

  • All applicants must be actively working on the proposed research.
  • Applicants must be physically attending the University of Alberta and participate in the proposed research activities as per University of Alberta guidelines and policies supporting graduate student engagement in research.
  • Applicants must be registered in a full-time, thesis-based, graduate program in a health-related discipline leading to a Master’s or Doctoral degree at the time of application.
  • Applicants may not hold or be on leave from a faculty position.
  • Projects must be supervised by a WCHRI academic member.
  • Supervisors must be WCHRI academic members for not less than one year prior to application, except new recruits with an academic appointment of less than one year at the time of application deadline.
  • Supervisors may submit only one application per competition as primary supervisor; no more than two graduate students will be supported simultaneously for any faculty member as either a supervisor or co-supervisor.

Program eligibility is established upon submission of the completed application access request and application forms.

Graduate Studentship Award Program call for applications

Summary of changes

WCHRI has moved to an electronic application. In order to access the application and support program requirements, the following changes apply:

  • The graduate student is required to submit the WCHRI Graduate Studentship application access request form.
  • WCHRI will generate in-training membership for all applicants based on applicant information provided in the application access request form.
  • WCHRI will send the application form link to the graduate student once application access requirements have been met. 
  • Application form links are unique and specific to each applicant.
  • Letters of reference are confidential and will be solicited directly by WCHRI from the referee. 
  • Transcripts for this award program are not required or accepted. 

Program reference material

Information Session

WCHRI held a Grant Information Session to assist students interested in applying for this opportunity.

The Zoom replay is posted.

Application and deadlines

The application is a two-step process:

  1. Application access request form
    • The deadline for submission is March 19, 2021, at 4 p.m.
  2. Application form
    • Access will be provided based on the submission of the application access request form.
    • Letters of reference, solicited directly by WCHRI.
    • The deadline for submission is April 16, 2021, at 4 p.m.

Access the application form

Competition results

Please refer to the grants landing page for competition outcome timelines. 

View the 2020 Graduate Studentship competition results or refer to our past competition results.

For further information

All students are to refer to the program information (including guidelines) and then refer questions to their supervisor.

Supervisors that require program clarification are invited to contact WCHRI grants.