Health Research Training at CIHR: Recent CIHR Policy Changes

A part of our continuous improvement process, CIHR revisits its training award policies on a regular basis, and makes revisions primarily to enhance the experience of the award holder and trainees who receive stipends paid from Agency grants, to reduce administrative burden, and to increase the diversity and excellence of Canada's cadre of research trainees.

Changes to the Funding Support Eligibility Window for Postdoctoral Fellows
Effective – October 2016

Removal of CIHR's stipulation that PhD holders are only eligible for support until the end of their fifth year of post-Ph.D. training.

A related change to CIHR's Fellowship Program is being piloted. CIHR has removed the requirement for applicants to the CIHR Fellowship Program to be within three years of their PhD.

Changes to paid parental leave for students and postdoctoral fellows
Effective – July 31, 2017

Students and fellows supported by one of the tri-agencies (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada [SSHRC], the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada [NSERC], and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research [CIHR]) either directly or indirectly who are eligible for other parental leave supplements may also be eligible for Agency supplements. The following sentence of the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide in the "Administrative Matters" section will be deleted: "Students or fellows who are eligible for employment insurance or other parental leave supplements from other sources do not qualify for parental leave supplements."

Change in parental leave policy for training award holders
Effective – April 2017

All CIHR, SSHRC and NSERC training award holders are now eligible for paid parental leave.

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