Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Research Award: Doctoral Foreign Study Award (DFSA) 2022-2023
Research Admin Offices:
The maximum amount per award is $35,000 per year for up to three (3) years.
- Health Sciences
Internal Deadline:October 3, 2022
Sponsor Deadline:October 17, 2022
The Doctoral Foreign Study Award (DFSA) is expected to:
- Provide recognition and funding to students early in their academic research career, providing them with an opportunity to gain research experience while abroad (outside of Canada); and
- Provide a reliable supply of highly skilled and qualified researchers.
To be eligible to apply, an applicant must:
- Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada or a Protected Person under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada), as of the application deadline date.
- Have completed no more than 24 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31 of the calendar year of application if previously enrolled in a graduate program.
- Have completed no more than 36 months of full-time study in their joint program by December 31 of the calendar year of application if enrolled in a joint program, such as, MD/PhD, MA/PhD.
- Applicants that fall into this category have access to the 36-month window whether or not they were previously enrolled in a Master’s program.
- Have completed no more than 36 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31 of the calendar year of application if enrolled directly from a Bachelor to a PhD (not previously enrolled in a graduate program).
- Direct-entry applicants must be enrolled in their doctoral program at the time of application.
- Identify a primary supervisor within their application. An additional supervisor may be identified.
- The primary supervisor must be affiliated with the institution abroad where the applicant’s doctoral studies will be conducted (outside of Canada).
- The Nominated Principal Applicant must be a Trainee at the time of application.
- The Nominated Principal Applicant cannot hold a tenure or tenure-track appointment concurrently with their CGS D award.
- Applicants can submit a maximum of one scholarship (master’s or doctoral) or fellowship application per academic year to either CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC. Nominations to the Vanier CGS program and applications to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program do not count towards this limit (other exceptions may apply to CIHR internships).
- If an applicant submits an application that does not follow these restrictions, the second application submitted will be automatically withdrawn.
- Applicants cannot have already received a doctoral-level scholarship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC (does not apply to CIHR Fellowships).
- To complete a Full Application, applicants must follow the instructions in Doctoral Research Awards – Application Instructions.
- Read all instructions related to the application process before applying.
- Consult the CIHR Doctoral Research Awards – Frequently Asked Questions.
- Applicants may submit their application in the official language of their choice.
- Applications must be submitted prior to the deadline posted on the funding opportunity.
- In order to ensure fairness in the evaluation of applications, equivalent time must be guaranteed for the assessment of each complete application. As a result, CIHR will not accept updates to applications after the application deadline.
- Incomplete applications will be withdrawn from the competition.
- Nominated Principal Applicants and their supervisors require:
- A CIHR PIN.
- To complete the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Self-identification Questionnaire
- For applicants to submit their application, they must manually type the name of their proposed non-Canadian institution in the “Other” field next to the Institution Paid drop down menu.
If applying from the Faculty of Health Sciences, unless otherwise indicated, you no longer need to send documents to HRS Intake. Your first point of contact is your assigned Senior Grants Advisor.