AMS Healthcare Fellowship in Compassion and Artificial Intelligence 2021


AMS Healthcare in partnership with the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit


Compassion and Artificial Intelligence Fellowship


AMS Healthcare is inviting health professionals, educators, academics, and clinicians of all disciplines to seize the opportunity to explore and lead the transformation of the healthcare system by deepening our understanding of the various aspects of compassion through the lens of technology and better ensure that technologies are enabling of healthcare’s compassionate purpose. 

The AMS Healthcare Fellowship in Compassion and Artificial Intelligence provides highly-qualified individuals a unique opportunity to apply their research and analytic talents to the critical challenge of the impact of digital technology and artificial intelligence (DT/AI) on the delivery of compassionate healthcare.

The focus of the fellowships will be on practice, education and/or research in health systems and related fields to improve patient care and enhance the education of students and practicing health professionals

These awards provide fellows with the opportunity to dedicate a portion of their time (to be specified in the application) to become immersed in this topic area and benefit from mentorship by leaders, collaborating across disciplines, while also making it possible to protect a portion of time for academic research.


Fellows require a sponsoring institution that will provide support and resources to the applicant, an appropriate supervisor, as well as oversight of the financial aspects of the award.

Fellows must also identify a suitably qualified mentor who will enrich this learning experience, provide advice and encourage the Fellow throughout the term of the award.

To be eligible for this award, the applicant must be either:

  • An early or mid-career academic health investigator working in a CIHR eligible institution in Ontario.
  • A regulated healthcare professional or an academic in a field related to/focussed on healthcare (i.e. health ethics, health law, computer scientist with an interest in health applications) in an Ontario health care organization, provincial government, academic setting or a provincial/national health professional organization in Ontario.

Preference will be given to applicants who reside in Ontario and are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, who intend to use the award towards learning opportunities at organizations located in Canada.

Additional criteria are provided on the AMS Healthcare website.


Similar to the CIHR Health System Impact Fellowships, AMS Healthcare is offering eight (8) one-year fellowships of up to $75,000 to early and mid-career academic researchers and regulated health care professionals to study and develop expertise/competence in the impact of DT/AI on compassionate care. 

A small honorarium is provided to each mentor and/or supervisor.

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

As this Fellowship involves release time, you must seek approval from your School Director/Department Chair in order to apply. If your Chair agrees to your application, please also notify your CRM/ADR of your interest and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to by the internal deadline

External Deadline

Applicants must have received institutional endorsement prior to submission.

Full application package is due to the sponsor. Please also submit a copy of the application and OR-5 to

How to Apply

You must obtain approval from your School Director/Department Chair in order to apply for this Fellowship. If your Chair agrees to your application, please notify your CRM/ADR of your interest.

The Vice-President (Research) will serve as nominator for those nominees recommended by the Honours and Awards Advisory Committee. If you wish to be considered for VPR nomination, please submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) by the internal deadline. 

An Expression of Interest will include:

  • A draft letter (two-three pages) addressed to the VPR, signed by your ADR, which outlines how you meet the criteria outlined on the AMS Healthcare website.
  • An up-to-date CV; and
  • An email or letter from the School Director/Department Chair indicating support for the nomination.

Please submit a copy of the application along with a complete OR-5 form to

For more information, please contact or

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