Scholar Awards

The MSFHR Scholar Program is designed to attract and foster the development of outstanding health researchers in BC. The intent of our Scholar awards is to allow early career researchers to establish an independent research career, build a leading research program, and expand their potential to make significant contributions to their field. The Scholar Program achieves this by providing funding support to a portion of the award recipients’ salaries to protect their time for health research activities.


At the time of application, applicants must: 
• Have a PhD, or equivalent, and commit to a minimum of 75 per cent of their time conducting research.

• Hold an appointment at, or have a commitment for an appointment at a BC institution that must allow the applicant to:

  • Apply for and hold peer-reviewed funds as a principal investigator.
  • Be a research supervisor for graduate and post-graduate trainees.
  • Publish their research results.

• Be affiliated with a BC host institution that holds a memorandum of understanding with MSFHR.

• Be within six years from the start of their first university appointment (at an assistant professor level, or equivalent) OR be within six years of obtaining a PhD2, as of the award start date, July 1, 2022, whichever comes last. (Note: Beginning in the 2021 Scholar competition, Health Research BC has adjusted this eligibility requirement in recognition of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.) 

• Have confirmation from the department head (or equivalent) protecting a minimum of 75 per cent of the applicant’s time for health research activities, or no less than 30 hours per week.

• Conduct research in one of the four health research themes as defined by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research: biomedical, clinical, health services, and population health. A clear link to human health must be made in the application.

• Not currently hold, or have ever held an MSFHR Health Professional-Investigator, Innovation to Commercialization, or Scholar award.  

• Have met all reporting requirements (including a final financial statement) if you currently hold or have previously held MSFHR funding. 


Funding: The Scholar award provides salary support at $90,000 per annum for up to a term of five years. 


How to Apply:

Two-step application process:

December 06, 2021, 4:30 p.m. PT  LOI Deadline. Applicant (not ORS) submits LOI to agency.

February 28, 2022, 4:30 p.m. PT  Application Deadline. SFU signature sheet is due to and full application needs to be in the submit mode by this date.  

Upcoming Deadlines

December 06, 2022December 06, 2022 *
16:00:00 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Scholar Awards The MSFHR Scholar Program supports early-career health researchers who are building leading-edge health research programs, training the next generation of scientists and expanding their potential to make significant contributions to their field. .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.