CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program for Early Career Researchers - 2019


Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)


Global Scholars Program


The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program is a two-year appointment designed to support young investigators at a pivotal time in their careers. Each scholar will become part of a global network of leading researchers pursuing answers to some of the most difficult challenges facing the world today. They will have the opportunity to be mentored by a senior researcher, to network within a community of top-tier research leaders, and to form new collaborations with colleagues from diverse disciplines. Training in leadership and communication will position scholars as leaders and agents of change within academia and beyond.


To be eligible for this program, applicants must:

  •  Hold a PhD (or equivalent).
  •  Be employed at an institution of higher education or research and be within the first five years of a full-time academic position, including responsibility for both conducting an independent research program and supervising/teaching graduate or postdoctoral trainees. 
  • Typically, applicants will be an Assistant Professor (or the equivalent in other academic systems). 
  • The applicant’s position must be secure for the duration of the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar active term (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021). 
  • The applicant’s start date in this position must be no earlier than May 1, 2014. Note that special consideration may be given to those who have taken parental leave or those with exceptional circumstances.  » NOTE: Postdoctoral fellows are NOT eligible to apply to this program.
  • Engage in research that complements or contributes to the themes and goals of an eligible CIFAR research program.  See Special Notes,  below.


  1. Duration

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars are provided research funding and participate in a CIFAR research program over a two-year term. The term will begin on July 1, 2019 and end on June 30, 2021. At the end of the term, scholars retain the title ‘CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar’ and are encouraged to remain connected to CIFAR through CIFAR’s Global Academy. Scholars may periodically be invited to attend research program meetings as guests, or in exceptional circumstances, some scholars may be appointed as CIFAR fellows.

  1. Value

Scholars receive $100,000 CAD in unrestricted research support. The funds are administered through the scholar’s home institution and are intended to support his or her capacity to conduct research. Possible uses include, but are not limited to: research projects, teaching release, trainee support, conference travel, etc. CIFAR separately covers travel costs associated with attendance at meetings.

Special Notes

An applicant must apply to participate in one of the five eligible programs accepting Global Scholars in 2019. In 2019, the eligible programs are:


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

External Deadline

Please submit your application directly to the sponsor.   Submit a copy of the application and OR-5 to on the external deadline.


How to Apply

All applications are submitted online and must include letters of reference. See detailed overview of the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program for more information.  

For More Information

For more information, contact Ailsa Fullwood at or see the CIFAR website


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