Funding Opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in Knowledge Translation Research

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Funding Opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in Knowledge Translation Research 

Diabetes Action Canada is a Strategic Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Diabetes and its Related Complications, part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) SPOR Program in Chronic Disease. Our network involves 70 researchers, 37 partners from 7 provinces in Canada. Our mission is to transform the health outcomes of people with diabetes and its related complications by facilitating important and meaningful connections between patients, their primary healthcare providers, and specialists to improve health care and significant cost savings within the health system.

Diabetes Action Canada also strongly encourages the integration of sex and gender considerations in the different research studies of the network.

In a partnership with KT Canada, a network of Canadian experts in knowledge translation, we are pleased to announce funding opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are interested to develop research projects involving knowledge translation (KT) in the field of diabetes care or in its related complications in their research projects.


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Be Canadian citizens, have landed immigrant status, or have a student/work visa
  2. Be enrolled in a graduate program at a Canadian university (graduate students) or hold a postdoctoral position at a Canadian university (postdocs)
  3. The applicant’s supervisor must hold a faculty appointment at the level of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in a Canadian University and be a registered member of Diabetes Action Canada at the time of the application
  4. Post-doctoral applicants that must have received a PhD or expected to receive degree by award commencement date of July 2017 and no later than September 2017. Documentation of degree completion will be required prior to the initiation of funding.
  5. Have limited or no external funding*

* Applicants who receive no funding or who are the recipients of concurrent scholarships which total amount is inferior to the one offered by Diabetes Action Canada are also eligible for this funding opportunity.

Stipends for one year-term

  • Masters student : $17,500
  • PhD students: $19,000
  • Post-doctoral fellows: $40,000

Funds will be given in installments: 30% will be given when the trainee is notified of receiving the fellowship, 40% upon review of 6 month progress report and 30% once all expectations are met.

Please note that Diabetes Action Canada will pay an additional amount up to the total offered for each stipend’s category to successful applicants who already hold a scholarship from another organization whose value is less than that offered by Diabetes Action Canada.


Accepted trainees will be expected a) to complete detailed progress reports (including publications, courses and congress attended) every 6 months, b) to participate in the KT Canada Annual Summer Institute, and c) to participate in the monthly KT Canada seminars. Trainees who do not meet these expectations will not receive their final instalment.

Successful applicants are required to acknowledge support from Diabetes Action Canada in publications, presentations, and communications arising from the supported research.

Duration of funding

One year (for twelve consecutive months) normally starting on July 2017 but no later than September 2017.

Evaluation criteria

Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • The research proposal, including relevance to knowledge translation in the domain of diabetes care or in its related complications. Applicants will also be evaluated on the inclusion of sex and/or gender considerations in their proposed study. For guidelines and examples on sex and gender integration in health research please see the CIHR Research Guide:
  • The candidate’s academic record and perceived potential as indicated by the transcripts and the letters of recommendation submitted with the application
  • Research or professional experience, awards/prizes received, and publication record

 Application procedure

Submit a completed application form to Ms. Adriana Freitas ( by June 15, 2017.


All applicants will be notified of the funding decision by June 30, 2017. Funding decision will be also posted on Diabetes Action Canada website.



Please contact Ms. Adriana Freitas ( with any questions.