CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program for Early Career Researchers - 2020

Updated Information

External deadline has been changed to February 5th at 4:00pm

The themes for the 2020 round have been announced.


Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)


The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides funding and support to help Scholars build their network and develop essential skills to become the next generation of research leaders.

CIFAR invites exceptional early career researchers to participate in CIFAR's network of more than 400 researchers from over 22 countries, who together are pursuing answers to some of the most complex challenges facing the world today. The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides funding, skills training, mentorship, and opportunities to collaborate with outstanding colleagues from diverse disciplines, positioning scholars as research leaders and agents of change.


Applicants can be from anywhere in the world, must hold a PhD (or equivalent) and be within the first five years of a full-time academic position. Scholars’ research interests must be aligned with the themes of an eligible CIFAR research program.  The themes for the 2020 round have been announced and are:

NOTE: Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible to apply.


  •  $100,000 CAD in unrestricted research support
  •  A two-year term in a CIFAR research program, a global network of top-tier research leaders. Learn what it's like to be a CIFAR Fellow
  •  Opportunities to network, collaborate and form a community with colleagues from diverse disciplines
  •  Mentorship from a senior researcher within a CIFAR research program
  •  Specialized leadership and communication skills training, and support to put their skills into action

During the two-year term of their award, Global Scholars are expected to:

  • Attend CIFAR research program meetings (usually 2-3 per year, depending on the program) in Canada and various locations around the world. While at meetings and where appropriate, interact and collaborate with fellow program members on research areas of common interest to the program.
  • Attend annual CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar meetings (usually in held in early May). CIFAR expects that each scholar will attend two annual meetings.
  • Report on successes and activities annually, and where possible and appropriate, interact with CIFAR stakeholders and funders to share their experience.
  • Acknowledge CIFAR as a funder in research publications and presentations supported by the program’s funding, use ‘CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar’ in their professional signature, and indicate CIFAR as an affiliation.


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. Official due date has not yet been announced, and will be updated once details are provided.

How to Apply

All applications are submitted online and must include letters of reference.  Refer to the detailed overview of the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program for more information, or contact

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