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($100,000 CDN + Fully-funded to Canada) CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program for Researchers

CIFAR invites exceptional early career researchers from across the natural, biomedical, and social sciences and the humanities to join one of our interdisciplinary research programs that address some of the most complex questions facing the world today. The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program nurtures the next generation of research leaders and provides opportunities to enhance their impact.

CIFAR is seeking to assemble a global cohort. There are no geographical restrictions on who may apply to this program. CIFAR is strongly committed to diversity within its community, and especially welcomes applications from underrepresented groups in research, including but not limited to women, indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas.

Deadlin: February 22, 2018

The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program consists of three key components, each contributing toward the development of tomorrow’s research leaders:

  1. Membership in CIFAR Program with research support and mentorsip

As part of the program, scholars receive $100,000 CDN in unrestricted research support over two years. These funds are intended to support their capacity to conduct research. Possible uses include, but are not limited to: teaching release, student support, and research assistant salaries. Scholars are also matched with a mentor, a senior fellow in their respective research program. The mentor can provide guidance and advice on areas of interest to the scholar (e.g. research directions, career development) (more).

  1. Enhancing leadership and communication skills development

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars from across CIFAR’s research programs meet annually to strengthen core skills in leadership and communication. Over the course of three days, expert facilitators lead highly interactive sessions designed to take a scholar’s proven capacity to new levels. Scholars receive practical training in skills such as: • Succeeding as an early career researcher • Facilitating collaborations and discussion • Building and managing a research group • How to be a good public communicator (more)

  1. Enhancing impact within and outside academics.

Some examples of potential leadership opportunities include, but are not limited to: • Leading a research project in collaboration with scholars or fellows • Organizing a CIFAR summer school for trainees • Leading or contributing to a knowledge mobilization activity with other CIFAR fellows • Interacting and discussing their research with stakeholders in academia, policy or business to understand perspectives and influence change • Writing and publishing an op-ed piece • Delivering a public lecture (more).

Value of the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program for Researchers

Scholars receive $100,000 CDN in unrestricted research support. The funds are administered through the scholar’s home institution and are intended to support his or her capacity to conduct research. Possible uses include, but are not limited to: teaching release, student support, summer salary (where applicable), and research assistant salaries. CIFAR covers the cost of attendance at meetings of a CIFAR research program and the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars annual meeting.

Eligibility for the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program for Researchers

To be eligible for this program, applicants must:

  1. Hold a PhD (or equivalent terminal degree) and be within the first five years of a full-time academic appointment, including both research and teaching responsibilities, at an institution of higher education or research. Applicants’ first full-time academic appointment must be no earlier than May 1, 2013.
  2. Special consideration may be given to those who have taken parental leave or with exceptional circumstances. Typically, applicants will be at an Assistant Professor level or equivalent in other academic systems. NOTE: Postdoctoral fellows are NOT eligible to apply to this program.
  3. Engage in research that complements and contributes to the themes and goals of one of the eligible CIFAR research programs (refer to section E).
  4. Demonstrate an outstanding level of research achievement and promise of future impact in their field, as evidenced by quality of publications, awards received, and statements by referees.
  5. Be interested in engaging across disciplines, as well as sectors beyond academia, to enrich and extend the impact of their research.
  6. Have a valid passport, and if required can obtain travel visas, to attend CIFAR meetings in Canada and other countries around the world (2-4 times per year).
  7. Be available to attend a two-day in-person interview* on June 27-28, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. Travel costs will be covered by CIFAR.
  8. Be fluent in spoken and written English.

Duration of the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program for Researchers:

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars are provided research funding and participate in a CIFAR program over a two-year term. The term will begin on September 1, 2018. On completion of their term, scholars retain the title ‘CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar’ and are encouraged to remain connected to CIFAR through attendance at CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar annual meetings and other opportunities offered through CIFAR’s Global Academy. Scholars may periodically be invited back as guests to reengage with a program, or in exceptional circumstances, some may be appointed as CIFAR fellows.


Information on how to apply for the scholars program

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