Trainee Fellowship & Studentship Awards 2019-2020

Purpose of the Training Awards Program

The Canadian Venous ThromboEmbolism Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research (CanVECTOR) Network is a pan-Canadian, patient-oriented Community Development Program centered on Venous Thromboembolism-related research, training, and knowledge translation. Their mission is to decrease the health, social and economic burden of venous thromboembolism (VTE) on affected individuals, their families, and on Canadians as a whole.

The purpose of the CanVECTOR Research Training Awards is to provide financial support for highly qualified, promising trainees or fellows to allow them to pursue research training in thromboembolism at a Canadian centre.  The area of training must: 1) align with CanVECTOR priorities, 2) be research focused, and 3) be supervised by a CanVECTOR member.

Competition Partners

These training awards are available thanks to funding from CIHR and to the generous support of our partners. Academic partners that have contributed to the fellowship/studentship awards include Dalhousie University, McGill University, McMaster University, the University of Ottawa, and the University of Toronto. For a full list of partners, go to

Award Details

CanVECTOR offers two types of research training awards to the medical and scientific community:

  1. Research fellowships (given priority over studentships) - candidates who are MDs and aim to become clinician scientists or clinician investigators in venous thromboembolism (VTE). 

    Definitions below:

CanVECTOR clinician scientist:

  • Is committed to devoting a substantive percent (≥ 75%) of their professional effort to research
  • Has formal training in research methodology (MSc or PhD degree)
  • Develops and leads research projects (assumes the role of principal applicant for grant applications and principal investigator for research execution)

CanVECTOR clinician investigator:

  • Is committed to devoting a portion of their professional effort to research
  • May (or may not) have formal training in research methodology
  • Contributes to the development and conduct of research projects (may participate as a co-applicant for grant applications and co-investigator for research execution)
  1. Graduate studentships - candidates who are enrolled in an MSc or PhD program (not MDs) and are interested in conducting VTE-focused research or developing VTE-related methodology expertise.

Number of awards available:   

Up to 6 awards may be granted per year, depending on the applicant mix and availability of partner funding

Amount of the award:   

Fellowship: Maximum of $50,000
Studentship: Maximum of $20,000

Term of award:

Granted for 1 year

It is expected that the awardee will seek peer-reviewed funding during the first year to support any subsequent years of training (if applicable). 

Award renewal: Priority for fellowship and studentship awards will be given to new applicants. If additional funding is available, renewal applications will be invited and considered in the Spring 2019 competition. It is expected that renewal applicants will demonstrate evidence of substantial progress in achieving their research objectives. Applications from trainees who have actively participated in CanVECTOR activities will be viewed favourably.

For full candidate eligibility and conditions & responsibilities of the award, please download the Training Award Instructions.

Components of the Application

The components of the application include:

                  I.         Background preparation

                 II.         Specific objectives for the fellowship (or the studentship)

                III.         Plans for the research year (based on the specific objectives)

                IV.         Future career plans

  • Summary of proposed research project (2 pages maximum). If the research proposal requires additional funds, the summary should describe the source of this funding (obtained or applied for) and should include a brief discussion of alternatives, if applied-for funding is not successful.
  •  A copy of the applicant's current CV.
  •  A copy of the proposed primary supervisor(s)’ current CV. 
  • A letter of support from the proposed primary supervisor outlining 1) the strengths and weaknesses of the candidate, 2) the research facilities and resources available to the candidate, and 3) the proportion of time the candidate will spend on research, course work, clinical duties, and teaching. 


*Please note:  Applications must use a minimum of 12 point font and 1-inch margins for all submitted material

Application Submission

Inquiries can be addressed to Maryam Ebrahimi by email: 

Please email completed application packages to the CanVECTOR Training Office: by November 5, 2018