The Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides support for highly qualified postdoctoral fellows to engage in research that is in an area of clear relevance to arthritis and the Arthritis Society's 5-year research strategic plan. Fellows will train under the supervision of an arthritis researcher who qualifies as a Principal Investigator as defined by the Arthritis Society. Applications are to be completed and submitted by the fellow, under the close supervision of the proposed supervisor. The training program must include actual involvement in conducting research. It is expected that the fellow will be spending at least 75% of his/her time conducting research during the tenure of the award. Fellows enrolled in programs oriented toward clinical training focused on research are eligible for these awards.
Successful applicants will also be invited to participate in the Arthritis Society’s Annual Trainee Workshop. The intent of the workshop is to augment the young investigators’ training by providing a forum to share their research, gain knowledge on select topics such as consumer engagement in research, and provide networking and mentorship opportunities.
Applications are encouraged in the area of childhood arthritis. The Arthritis Society has committed $5M over 5 years to our Stop Childhood Arthritis initiative to fund ground-breaking research into childhood arthritis so that no child has to live with unnecessary pain. We are very proud to partner with Genome Canada and other organizations to accelerate this important research. We anticipate funding at least one award in this area, with a particular emphasis on:
- disease mechanisms of childhood arthritis
- new therapies and personalized approaches for childhood arthritis
- innovations in transitions of care from pediatric to adult settings