CIHR Fellowship 2018-2019 and Fall 2018 Priority Announcement


Canadian Institutes of Health Research


Fellowships provide support for highly qualified applicants in all areas of health research at the post-PhD degree or post-health professional degree stages to add to their experience by engaging in health research either in Canada or abroad.

The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:

  • To provide recognition and funding to academic researchers;
  • To provide a reliable supply of highly skilled and qualified researchers.

Relevant Research Areas

Additional funds are available through this competition to support Fellowship award applications in the following specific research areas:


For an application to be eligible:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be a trainee (and maintain such status throughout the award duration) and meet the minimum commitment of 75% of their time in the proposed research training (Research + Course Work) throughout the tenure of their award. Note: For the purpose of this funding opportunity, trainees must not hold a tenure-track or tenured faculty position, nor can they be on leave from such a position (generally tenure or tenure-track refers to an open-ended academic position in which the holder can form a research group, apply for externally funded research as a principal investigator, and also teach).
  2. A primary supervisor must be identified on the application. An additional supervisor may also be identified.
  3. As of November 1, 2018, the Nominated Principal Applicant must hold or be completing a PhD or a regulated health professional degree. The Nominated Principal Applicant must expect to complete all of the requirements of the degree by the latest possible date on which they can take up their award (see Conditions of Funding). To determine if a particular health professional degree is eligible, please consult the list of Eligible Health Professions.
  4. The Nominated Principal Applicant can be a Canadian citizen or a citizen of another country.
  5. These awards are normally held at Canadian institutions. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to hold their awards outside Canada. Nominated Principal Applicants who are neither Canadian citizens nor permanent residents of Canada are eligible for awards to be held in Canada only.
  6. A recipient of a Doctoral Award (DRA) with a health professional degree may apply to the Fellowship funding opportunity no earlier than during the last year of their award. If a recipient of a DRA with a health professional degree applies to the Fellowship funding opportunity for doctoral support before the last year of the DRA, funding for the currently-held DRA will be cancelled as of the first potential effective date of the Fellowship award, even if the application is not successful through the Fellowship funding opportunity.

The Nominated Principal Applicant may submit only one application per year (September 1 to August 31) for funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) or the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). However, individuals eligible to apply to the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program or the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program may also submit an application to the CIHR Fellowship program (other exceptions may apply depending on the program’s objectives, but would be indicated in the specific funding opportunities).

Maximum Project Value

Fellowship: maximum amount awarded for a single award is up to $50,000 + $5,000 Research Allowance

Fall 2018 Priority Announcement: maximum amount awarded for a single award is up to $60,000 per annum

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Fellowships: The maximum duration of support, taking into account all federal funding held, will depend on the degree(s) held by the applicant. For holders of a:

  • PhD degree, or PhD and health professional degrees, the maximum period of support is three years.
  • Health professional degree who are not requesting support to pursue a graduate degree, the maximum period of support is four years.
  • Health professional degree who are requesting support to pursue a graduate degree, the maximum period of support to complete the degree is five years.

Fall 2018 Priority Announcement: up to five years

Special Notes

CIHR Fellowship 2018-2019

Fall 2018 Priority Announcement (Specific Research Areas)


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

Internal Deadline
Please submit copy of application and routing slip and signature page along with a complete OR5 form signed by your supervisor to:
Applicant must hit the 'submit' button on or before the internal deadline for your application to not be considered late.
External Deadline

This Funding Opportunity participates in the eApproval process. As such, once submitted the application will be electronically directed to the proposed Institution Paid for review and approval. The eApproval process allows Administrators at the Institution to review and electronically approve an application for which the applicant has identified their institution as the Institution Paid. Once the application is reviewed and approved by the Institution, it will be submitted electronically to CIHR on behalf of the applicant.

For Questions, please contact

CIHR Contact Centre
Telephone: 613-954-1968
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x52832

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