Empowering next-generation researchers in perinatal and child health

ENRICH is a national health research training platform that provides a series of training pathways and awards for learners to engage in advanced training in perinatal and child health research. The program has emerged through the former Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP), but now offers programs that are open to a range of learners (undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and early career researchers) across clinical and non-clinical disciplines. Programs offered vary throughout the year and according to special calls – check the ENRICH website and/or follow @ENRICHYourSci for current program information.

Program Highlights

RISE (Raising Interdisciplinary Scientist Excellence) – open to everyone, the RISE learning management system provides access to online training resources aimed at developing the competencies of a skilled health professional researcher while providing infrastructure for mentorship and progress review. 

  • Refer to RISE webpage for details

Enrichment Program – open to select groups of learners, program provides training in advanced competencies offering personalized mentorship, and experiential learning opportunities through various programs and pathways. 

  • Refer to Enrichment Program for details regarding program pathways, eligibility, and deadlines.
  • Learners must contact U of A-WCHRI Centre Leaders (Sandy Thompson-Hodgetts and Janette Mailo) at least 60 days prior to posted application deadlines in order to discuss Enrichment Program eligibility and ensure they meet all program criteria.

PILLAR Pathway – as a member of the ENRICH network, WCHRI is able to nominate candidates for the Enrichment Program PILLAR Pathway. PILLAR is a 2-year mentored training opportunity, open to WCHRI graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career investigators who are conducting perinatal and/or child health-focused research. The pathway provides access to all ENRICH program curriculum, opportunities, progress review and mentorship resources. This pathway does not provide any salary support. Importantly, this enables attendance at the annual meeting, an excellent networking opportunity.

For further information

All learners who are interested in ENRICH Programs are encouraged to meet with the U of A-WCHRI Centre Leaders, Sandy Thompson-Hodgetts and Janette Mailo, to determine which pathway and/or program most suits their needs.