The Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides support for highly qualified postdoctoral fellows to engage in research that is relevant to arthritis, under the supervision of an arthritis researcher who qualifies as a Nominated Principal Applicant as defined by The Society. Applications are made by the fellow under the close supervision of the proposed supervisor or by the proposed supervisor. The training program must include actual involvement in conducting research. It is expected that the fellow will be spending at least 75% of his/her time conducting research during the tenure of the award. Fellows enrolled in programs oriented toward clinical training focused on research are eligible for these awards.
Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to participate in The Society’s Annual Trainee Workshop in October, held in conjunction with the Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s annual conference. The intent of the workshop is to fill gaps in the young investigators’ training at their respective institutes. The focus of this year’s workshop will be patient engagement in research and communicating the value of your research to the lay audience.
Pending available funds, The Society is aiming to support a maximum of three (3) Postdoctoral Fellowships in 2017-18.
- This program provides a salary for postdoctoral fellows to work on a research project with clear relevance to the research themes identified in The Arthritis Society's 5-year strategic plan.
- Applicants beyond their fifth year of postdoctoral work are NOT eligible to apply for this award.
- Individuals wishing to undertake postdoctoral training in the same research laboratory (supervisor) in which they received their PhD are NOT eligible for an award.
- The roles and responsibilities of an Eligible Institution to receive and manage the Society’s research and training funds are defined in the Society’s Research and Training Program Guidelines and Policies [PDF].