MSFHR 2017 Research Trainee Competition

The application deadline for this funding opportunity has now passed. Please check back for the next application cycle. 

The MSFHR Research Trainee Program is designed to attract, recognize, and support outstanding researchers who have completed a PhD, or are a health professional eligible for a fellowship (or equivalent) program.

As with previous research trainee awards competitions, MSFHR has allocated 70 percent of the total funding to applications across all four research pillars: biomedical, clinical, health services, and population health.

The remaining 30 percent of funding will be allocated to outstanding researchers conducting research in the five BC health system key priority areas, in keeping with MSFHR’s stated goal of being responsive to the BC health sector.  

  • Enhance access to effective primary health care
  • Services for seniors with complex medical conditions
  • Mental health/substance use care
  • Services for patients needing surgery
  • Rural and remote health care services

Note: These five priority areas have relevance in the previous targeted clinical, health services, and population health research themes.

Please view the MSFHR website for information about the Trainee Award. 

UBC Internal Deadline

Please be advised that your post-secondary institution may have an internal deadline for this competition. The UBC Internal Deadlines for this competition are set by the Office of Research Services.

Please contact the Office of Research Services directly for additional information about the UBC Internal Deadline for this competition. 

Award Contact

If you have any questions about the MSFHR Research Trainee Program guidelines and instructions, please contact Rashmita Salvi, Manager, Research Programs (Competition Management) at 604-714-2779 or MFHR helpdesk (technical inquiries) at 604-714-6609

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact our help desk at 604.714.6609 (toll-free: 1.866.673.4722) or


Application Procedures

For detailed application instructions, see the program guidelines here.

Eligibility Summary

At the time of application or by the award start date of September 1, 2017, the applicant must:

  • Have a PhD OR be a health professional in active clinical service.
  • Hold or be eligible to hold a post-doctoral fellowship position by the award start date, and for the duration of the MSFHR award, at a BC university or a research institution that holds a memorandum of understanding with MSFHR.
  • Not have held a PhD degree for more than five years or have been a health professional in active clinical service for more than 10 years for the duration of the MSFHR award. Justified career interruptions may be deducted from the calculation. Examples of eligible career interruptions are parental leave for birth or adoption, medical leave, residency training, etc.
  • Have a written commitment from a supervisor protecting:
    • A minimum of 75 percent time of the PhD applicant’s time for research training. This represents no less than 30 hours per week, ORA minimum of 50 percent of a health professional applicant’s time (those in active clinical service) to health research activities. This represents no less than 20 hours per week.
    • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or foreign national. Foreign nationals must be sponsored by a BC supervisor who holds an academic appointment at a BC university.
  • Not have held a previous MSFHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award.
  • Conduct research in one of the four health research themes as defined by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research: biomedical, clinical, health services, or population health. A clear link to human health must be made in the research project.
  • Provide two reference letters from:
    • PhD supervisor or for health professionals, an individual who can provide the information required in the reference letter AND 
    • An expert in your area of research and outside of your host institution OR
    • A mentor

Note: If the PhD supervisor is the primary or co-supervisor of the current application, he/she cannot be one of the referees. At the start date of the award, September 1, 2017, successful PhD applicants must provide proof of degree completion if this was not complete at the time of application. Health professional applicants must provide proof of being engaged in active clinical service. If unable to provide proof of degree completion or of being engaged in active clinical service by September 1, 2017, the award offer will be withdrawn.

Evaluation Criteria

For a detailed description of the evaluation criteria, see the evaluation critera here.