WHRI Graduate Student Achievement Award

Application deadline:

February 13, 2024

Anticipated notice of decision:

March 1, 2024

Announcement of results:

WHRI Annual Symposium, March 8, 2024


The Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) Strategic Framework for Trainees and Mentorship includes a domain to support trainees, with a commitment to celebrating trainee excellence by offering formal, high profile awards. The WHRI Graduate and Fellowship Research Award in Women’s Health provides stipend funding for trainees to complete a future research proposal in women’s and newborn health. The new WHRI Graduate Student Achievement Award seeks to recognize excellence amongst graduate students who are near completion or have completed their research project.


This is a formal recognition that is not accompanied by funds. There will be two awards, one for masters level and one for doctoral level.


Only graduate students (masters or doctoral level) who have been engaged in research relevant to women’s and/or newborn health are eligible.  Graduate students can only apply to one of the WHRI Graduate Achievement Award or the BCCHR Outstanding Achievement Award.

At time of application:

  • Applicants must be or have been registered as full-time graduate students at a university in British Columbia, within the following time frames:  
  • Masters:  At least 12 months completed by the application deadline; or, the application deadline is within 12 months after thesis defense 
  • Doctoral: At least 36 months completed by the application deadline; or, the application deadline is within 12 months after thesis defense

Please note that international students who are registered as graduate students at a BC university are eligible to apply as long as they meet the other criteria.  Masters degrees include MSc, MA, and MPH; Doctoral degrees include PhD.

  • Applicants must be a WHRI student/trainee member. There is no fee to become a member and any trainee engaged in women’s health research at a BC-based university is eligible for membership. More information about WHRI membership benefits and application procedures can be found here: http://whri.org/become-a-member
  • The applicant’s primary or co-supervisor must also be a member of the WHRI. Any researcher engaged in women’s health research at a BC-based university is eligible for membership. If the applicant and/or supervisor would like to inquire about the supervisor’s current WHRI membership status, please contact Kathryn Dewar (kdewar@cw.bc.ca). 
  • Applicants engaged in women’s health research in any of the four pillars of health research (biomedical; clinical; health systems services; and social, cultural, environmental and population health), including global health, are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be available to receive the award in-person at the WHRI symposium on March 8, 2024

How to Apply

The application must include the following two documents:

    • Applicant CV: a CV from the applicant in NIH Biographical Sketch (Fellowship) Application format. More information on this type of CV format, including detailed instruments and samples, can be found here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htmNote that section D. Scholastic performance is not necessary to be completed.
    • Letter of support from primary or co-supervisor: A one page letter which summarizes the applicant’s achievements during their masters and doctoral studies
    • For both the CV and letter of support, please note that a broad range of outputs should be considered (see Evaluation criteria).

Evaluation Criteria

Following CIHR that has signed to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), the evaluation criteria for this distinction will aim to be inclusive of a broad range of outputs during the masters or doctoral studies. These outputs include (https://cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/53584.html):

  • Publications and citations
  • Reports and books
  • Prestigious awards
  • Number/size of grants
  • Knowledge mobilization outputs & activities
  • Influence on policy and practice
  • Public engagement (including public, patients, providers, policymakers/government, researchers, industry, mainstream and social media)
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Training & mentorship
  • Volunteerism
  • Guidelines, standards, software and tools
  • Networks, collaborations and partnerships
  • Datasets, code and infrastructure development
  • Commercialized and open-access products

Submission instructions

The application should be emailed by the supervisor to [whri_cwbc@cw.bc.ca] as a single PDF (applicant last name_first name_WHRIgradaward), with the subject line “WHRI graduate student achievement award submission for last name_first name”, by 8pm on February 13, 2024.