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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)

This message is directed to those who are within their first five years of a full-time academic research and teaching appointment:

CIFAR invites outstanding early-career researchers to join one of nine research programs which address some of the most complex challenges facing the world today. The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides funding and support to help you build your research network and develop essential skills at this important time in your career.

As a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar, you’ll receive:

• A two-year appointment to a CIFAR research program
• $100,000 CDN in undesignated research support
• Specialized leadership and communications training

Scholars are appointed to a research program, becoming part of a global network of leading researchers pursuing answers to some of the most difficult challenges facing the world today. You’ll forge new collaborations with mentors and colleagues from diverse disciplines. Experts will help you hone your leadership and communication skills to prepare you to be an influential leader within academia and beyond.


Applicants can be from anywhere in the world, but you must hold a PhD or equivalent degree and be within your first five years of a full-time academic research and teaching appointment. Your research must align with the themes of an eligible CIFAR research program. In 2016, these are:

• Bio-inspired Solar Energy
• Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness
• Child & Brain Development
• Humans & the Microbiome
• Institutions, Organizations & Growth
• Molecular Architecture of Life 
• Learning in Machines & Brains
• Quantum Information Science
• Quantum Materials

How to Apply

Applications accepted April 1 to May 2  (Note that SFU requires applicants to complete and submit to ors@sfu.ca an SFU Funding Application Signature Sheet in advance of submission.)

Applications are submitted online through CIFAR’s application system. They must include three letters of recommendation from at least one faculty member or equivalent and preferably one non-academic leader.

The application will require you to answer questions about:

• Your research and how it complements the CIFAR program you would like to join
• Ideas for collaboration with fellows in the program
• Your leadership experience to date
• Your engagement with non-academic communities or interest in such engagement

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