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

Application Deadline:

Monday, September 21st, 2020, 11PM PST

Anticipated Notice of Decision:

By Friday, October 30th, 2020

Funding Start Date:

November 2nd, 2020

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.

The WHRI Strategic Framework for Trainees and Mentorship was finalized and released in July, 2020. The framework aims to expand capacity for women’s health research through initiatives that support the next generation of women’s health scholars. To this end, the WHRI is launching 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 postdoctoral fellows who are engaged in women’s and/or newborn health research and who do not currently hold major competitive salary awards.

There are two awards available through this funding opportunity — one for a graduate student, and one for a postdoctoral fellow — each valued at $12,500 in salary support.

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

Submission Instructions

The application deadline is September 21st, 2020 at 11pm PDT. Please submit your entire application as a single PDF via email to Dr. Kathryn Dewar, Senior Research Manager at WHRI ( 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 Dr. Kathryn Dewar (