Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Supporting the next generation of researchers

The WCHRI Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is a new program targeted towards outstanding postdoctoral candidates seeking training under the supervision of WCHRI academic members who will provide a broad training environment focused on advancing women and/or children’s health. The awards, valued at $40,000 per year for two years (total maximum $80,000), have been funded through the generosity of our partners, the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Lois Hole Hospital for Women. Successful candidates must demonstrate how this award will enable them to further their career goals in the area of women and/or children’s health.
This is a pilot program, and therefore may not be offered on an annual basis. 

Relevance Criteria

All applications to WCHRI must be highly aligned with the relevance criteria below in order to be eligible for funding. Application compliance with WCHRI relevance is assessed by committee. To establish relevance, all applications must clearly address the following:
  • The research question must specifically target improving outcomes for women and/or children through health research.
  • The research question must address the unique and distinct health needs of women and/or children. Note that simply stating that a particular disease or risk factor is higher in women or in children is not sufficient rationale.
  • Methodology must clearly demonstrate direct applicability to women and/ or children’s health outcomes. The applicant must provide rationale for their chosen experimental model, including factors such as sex and age.
The above items are some common considerations; alternative or additional factors may need to be included depending upon the proposed research. 
For this competition, projects presenting with a focus on breast cancer are not eligible.

Applicant Eligibility

Eligibility criteria for the WCHRI Postdoctoral Fellowship program:
  • Applicants must possess a PhD, have been accepted into a formal postdoctoral training program with a WCHRI academic member, and be within the first 36 months of their postdoctoral training by February 1, 2019. 
  • Applicants must present with a project that directly relates to women and/or children's health research.
  • Applicants must complete the WCHRI in-training membership requirements prior to submission of the application. 
  • Applicants may not concurrently hold/be on leave from a faculty position. 
  • Sponsoring supervisors must have been a WCHRI academic member for at least 1 year at the time of application.
  • Primary supervisors may only submit one application per competition cycle.
All applications must be institutionally sponsored on behalf of the applicant and their supervisor(s). WCHRI Postdoctoral Fellowship awards are tenable at the University of Alberta only. Please refer to department, faculty and RSO for signature processes and deadlines.


The competition closes October 29, 2018 at 4 p.m. Submit applications to 5-083 ECHA. Late applications will not be accepted.

Application information

Application information session

WCHRI is pleased to host an application information session September 18, 2018 in ECHA 4-036 from noon – 1:00 pm. Please register for the session.
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