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 through research, including academics, clinicians, trainees, health-care workers and members of government agencies and community organizations.

All membership applicants must be conducting research related to women and/or children's health.


The many benefits of membership include:

  • Networking: Opportunities to share knowledge, meet other researchers and form trans-disciplinary partnerships.
  • Research grants: Academic and in-training members are eligible to apply for competitive research funding.
  • Research catalysts: Partnership opportunities are available for strategic recruitment of top tier researchers. Letters of support are available to members, along with limited access to leveraged funding opportunities.
  • Research platforms: Expert, subsidized resources are available to help researchers with every aspect of their work through our research platforms 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.

Membership details

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

  • Academic member—full-time faculty appointees who are eligible to apply for and hold research funds at the U of A.

    Limitations accessing grant funding may apply for new members; refer to program specific guidelines for further information.

  • In-training member—students registered in academic training programs (e.g. undergraduate, graduate, residency, post-doctoral fellowship) who are under the supervision of a WCHRI academic member.
  • Affiliated member—clinical academic colleagues, research associates and/or staff, health-care workers, community members, stakeholders and partners, academics whose primary appointment to U of A is adjunct professor.

An active Academic or In-training WCHRI member is expected to:

  • acknowledge WCHRI and Foundation support on any WCHRI funded research presentations or publications.
  • list WCHRI affiliation in manuscripts submitted for publication.
  • list WCHRI membership on curricula vitae and biosketches.
  • participate in WCHRI events including our annual Research Day.
  • serve on grant review panels and other committees when invited.
  • collaborate with other WCHRI members to build a sense of community.
  • share research stories in WCHRI publications and communications (independent of having received direct funding).

Become a member

If you would like to inquire about becoming a WCHRI member, please contact