Graduate and Fellowship Research Award in Women’s Health Grant Competition

Applications deadline:

Friday, September 8th, 2023, 11PM PDT

Anticipated notice of decision:

By Friday, October 27th, 2023

Funding start date:

Wednesday, November 1st, 2023

Women’s health research is critically important as women continue to face barriers to healthcare, health and well-being. For instance, most clinical guidelines for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment do not differentiate between men and women despite differences in how they may present symptoms or respond to medications. The impact of this oversight is detrimental to women’s health outcomes. The Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) is one of only three research institutes in Canada with an explicit focus on women’s health. We seek to enable women’s health researchers and trainees across British Columbia to reach their highest potential. We are passionate about the importance of women’s health research, recognizing that when women are healthy, all of society benefits.

A key component of the WHRI’s Strategic Plan 2019 – 2024 is our Strategic Framework for Trainees and Mentorship, which aims to expand capacity for women’s health research through initiatives that support the next generation of women’s health scholars. To this end, in 2020, the WHRI launched the Graduate and Fellowship Research Award in Women’s Health, a funding opportunity specific to our trainee community. This award is intended to provide salary support to WHRI-affiliated graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are engaged in women’s and/or newborn health research and who do not currently hold major competitive salary awards. 

Beginning in 2022, we have increased the value of the award thanks to funding provided by the BC Ministry of Health, in partnership with the BC Women’s Health Foundation. This funding aims to support women’s health investigators in BC to undertake research that will ultimately better the health and health care solutions for women.

There are three awards available through this funding opportunity — one for a master’s student, one for a doctoral student and one for a postdoctoral fellow — each valued at $21,000 in salary support.

We are grateful to the BC Ministry of Health and the BC Women’s Health Foundation for supporting these awards!


The application deadline is September 8, 2023 at 11pm PDT.

Please submit your entire application as a single PDF using the following link:

The application file name should be the last name of the trainee applicant (e.g.,‘lastname.pdf’).

Questions about the application process can be sent to Kathryn Dewar (