Master's scholarships / Doctoral scholarships / Postdoctoral scholarships
The Masters/Doctoral/Postdoctoral Fellowships program aims to reward excellence by providing assistance to students undertaking their own research program or project as part of their dissertation or thesis at the Masters, doctoral or postdoctoral studies at a university, college or research institution in New Brunswick.
The funded research must be in a field of human health research. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) defines/categorizes these fields under four themes: 1 – biomedical research, 2 – clinical research, 3 – health systems and services and 4 – population health.
The student must be under the supervision of at least one researcher (i.e. a research supervisor) with an academic appointment at a university, college or research institution in New Brunswick.
NBHRF welcomes applications from international students studying at a university, college, or research institution in New Brunswick.
- Application deadline: 4 p.m., June 15, each year
- Funding decisions: August 1, each year
- Funding start date: September 15, annually
The program is offered annually, subject to the availability of funds.
- The Master’s studentship may be up to 2 years at $17,000/year.
- The Doctoral studentship may be up to 3 years at $24,500/year.
- The Post-doctoral fellowship may be up to 2 years at $40,000/year.
- For postdoctoral programs, the award can be used to match funds from another organization, provided that the application to the other organization has already been submitted or approved at the time of the application to NBHRF.
- Funds are released to the host educational institution and disbursed in accordance with their studentship and trainee payment processes.
- Applications will be accepted within fifteen months of the date of the original decision notification notice received from the national granting agency.
- All applicants, whether funded or not, may reapply in subsequent years.
If the candidate is the recipient of a research grant from another organization for the purposes of the same research project, the NBHRF grant is reduced by the amount received from the other organization to ensure efficient use of public funds. Also, if the scholarship recipient receives a grant or award after receiving a studentship from NBHRF, the Foundation must be notified. The NBHRF award will be adjusted accordingly. A studentship holder cannot refuse a grant or award previously offered in order to be able to accept a studentship from the NBHRF.
To be eligible, the candidate must:
- Apply for funding to any national funding agency, regardless of country (e.g., CIHR, NSERC, NIH, charity with a peer-review process) under studentship or fellowship programs and receive a peer review rating. The peer review rating must be the equivalent of 3.75 or higher; or the equivalent of 3.5 or more and be in the top 50% of the competition. The applicant must submit their original national application to NBHRF as an attachment to the application online, along with all review documents and peer review comments.
- Propose an original research project that directly relates to the health of New Brunswickers (research methods courses do not meet this criterion);
- At the time of application, be accepted into a full-time graduate program with thesis or dissertation at a university, college or research institution in New Brunswick (programs requiring an internship or major research are not considered programs with dissertation or thesis). Funds are released to this institution;
- Not have a paid faculty appointment; and
- Be enrolled in a university, college, .or research institution in New Brunswick. for the duration of the scholarship and have confirmation of enrollment status in accordance with the program of study indicated in the original application.
Applicants who start a doctoral program directly after obtaining a bachelor's degree can apply for a doctoral scholarship.
Current scholarship recipients may apply for the scholarship at a later date if their current scholarship ends on or before the new competition funding start date and their new application is for another program. Applicants are encouraged to concurrently apply to other agencies and must notify NBHRF of any applications submitted or funds received during the review period for the NBHRF competition.
Applications are assessed to ensure that they:
- Are within the purpose, scope and requirements of the funding program.
- Fall within a field of human health research as defined in the “Scope” section above.
Once the request is received, the evaluation begins immediately. Decisions are usually issued two to six weeks after the deadline for an application submission. Decisions also take into account factors such as the Foundation's current priorities, availability of funds within the Foundation's budget, competing demands, pressure of demand, efficient use of public funds,
Individual researchers may not hold duplicate funding under this, or any other, NBHRF program.
Complete the application form and provide the following attachments:
Plain Language Project/Program Summary
Outline the proposed research project. Applicants should provide an appropriate synopsis of their proposed research including research question(s) approaches, methods and literature, and any preliminary results etc.
- Maximum 3 page.
- Management or administrative charges or fees are not permissible expenses.
- Maximum 1 page.
The original application to the organization along with the detailed comments and ratings associated with the peer review.
Canadian Common CV (CCV)
- A completed CV must be created (and/or updated) and submitted in the Canadian Common CV system as part of the application process. Using the CV “Funding” option, select “Funding Source NBHRF”, and then select “CV Type NBHRF Template”. Please note that a “Draft” CCV will not be accepted as part of the application. A submitted version of the CCV will have a date submitted and a confirmation number at the top of the CCV.
The grant recipient must submit a final report within 90 days of the end of the project by completing the NBHRF form entitled Final Report which can be accessed by logging into their NBHRF account. A brief project summary, a more detailed scientific project report and the institution's signed financial statement for the project must be uploaded as attachments.
All fields in the report form must be completed accurately. If information is missing or inaccurate, the report will be rejected, and the grant recipient will have to redo it.
The grant recipient will receive an automated email confirming report submission. The grant recipient will also receive an email from the NBHRF Program Director indicating whether the final report is complete and accepted. If it is not complete, appropriate action will be arranged.
Recipients who do not submit a final report or other required documentation will be ineligible for further NBHRF research funding.