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December 14, 2021
Research training award holders and proof of vaccination exemption

Vaccine exemption/accommodation requests must be approved by the host institution based on their COVID-19 policies. With this approval, the current Tri-agency policies apply and the award holder can:

  • defer the start date of their award,
  • request an unpaid interruption of their award, and
  • work remotely.


November 19, 2021
COVID-19 exceptions to Tri-agency post-award regulations for trainees

Training award recipients (master's, doctoral, and postdoctoral) may defer the start date of their award, or request an unpaid interruption, normally in four-month increments, for reasons related to the COVID-19 situation. For master’s and doctoral award holders, this can be adjusted to align with the next available start date (January 1, 2022; May 1, 2022; or September 1, 2022).

The agencies will continue to support training award holders who, given the challenges posed by the COVID-19 situation, can only devote part-time hours to their research. They may continue to hold their awards and will be paid at the full amount. The amount will not be prorated, and the end date of the award will remain unchanged.

For the period where travel is significantly limited due to the COVID pandemic, training award recipients may choose to hold their award remotely while pursuing their research training, so long as the following conditions are met:

  • Students must be registered at the host institution during the period when travel restrictions/institution closures are in place. Postdoctoral fellows must be actively engaged in research.
  • This arrangement must have the support from the supervisor.


August 12, 2021
Transcripts for the fall 2021 scholarships and fellowships competitions

Canada’s three granting agencies—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)—acknowledge that the widespread disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may hinder the ability of some institutions to provide applicants with official and up-to-date transcripts in advance of the deadline date, particularly at institutions which do not currently provide official electronic versions of these documents. Therefore, for the fall 2021 scholarships and fellowships competitions, the agencies will continue to accept unofficial transcripts if official transcripts cannot be obtained.

Applicants should contact their faculty of graduate studies to determine whether an official transcript can be provided. Submission of an application will continue to serve as a formal attestation that the applicant has provided true, complete, and accurate information in the application and its related documents.


Deadline extension to support equity, diversity and inclusion: CIHR-CEPI Leadership Award for Excellence in Vaccine Research for Infectious Diseases of Epidemic Potential


March 19, 2021
March 21 is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

This year CIHR is highlighting researchers working on Social Determinants of Health and how these factors shape the health of Canadians.

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