2015 Summer Program in Taiwan – CIHR Institute of Genetics

Important Dates
February 9, 2015 Full applications must be submitted by this date
April 1, 2015 Anticipated notification of decision

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Description and Objectives

The Summer Program in Taiwan provides Canadian graduate students (master's or doctoral level) with first-hand research experience in an international setting. This two-month summer program offers an exciting opportunity to engage in health research (i.e. biomedical, clinical, health systems services, social cultural, environmental and population health) with first-hand research experience in an international setting, while also affording an orientation to Taiwan's culture and language.

This program is co-sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Genetics (CIHR-IG) and the Department of International Cooperation of the National Science Council (NSC-DOIC) in Taiwan, with the assistance of the National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) in coordinating the orientation, arranging language courses and in helping participants move to individual universities or research institutes.


The duration of the program is approximately eight weeks, from June to August. Exact start and end dates vary each year (successful candidates will be informed of the final program schedule). In addition to an orientation session (including an introduction to the language, culture and research systems of the host country) approximately seven weeks are spent working on research activities at the host institution. As a result of the complex institutional arrangements, each award must be completed in its entirety within the defined program dates.

Funds Available

CIHR's contribution to the amount available for this initiative is subject to availability of funds voted annually to CIHR by parliamentary appropriations, and the conditions that may be attached to them.

  • A total of up to 10 awards are available for the 2015 Summer Program in Taiwan
  • Each award consists of a one-time, non-renewable $5,000 stipend from CIHR-IG. The stipend is intended to reimburse the cost of travel between Canada and Taiwan, and to partially compensate for the loss of summer employment. In addition, NSC-DOIC will support living expenses in the amount of approximately 50,000 TWD (excluding a 18% in tax deduction, i.e. 41,000 TWD after tax deduction)


Eligibility criteria for all CIHR research funding programs apply. The business office of the institution of an eligible Nominated Principal Applicant generally administers CIHR funds. Please refer to the Eligibility Requirements for CIHR Grants and Awards regarding the eligibility requirements for individuals and institutions.

To be eligible for the Summer Program in Taiwan, at the time of application, candidates must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • be enrolled in a master's or doctoral program at a Canadian institution;
  • be pursuing studies in fields that are supported by the mandate of CIHR and that are represented within the potential host institution in Taiwan; and
  • have received, advance acceptance/invitation from a potential host researcher in Taiwan.

Review Process and Evaluation Criteria

Applications deemed eligible will be reviewed by the CIHR-IG Summer Program in Taiwan Review Committee. Eligible applications will be evaluated using the following review criteria:

  • excellence of the candidate
  • fit between the candidate's current research program and the proposed summer project
  • possibility for ongoing novel collaborative efforts following the summer program between the research environments in Canada and Taiwan

Based on the above criteria, the review committee will recommend up to 10 nominees to be endorsed by the CIHR-IG Scientific Director, and subsequently forwarded to the NSC-DOIC for their endorsement. The NSC-DOIC will then confirm with prospective host institutions whether they officially accept the nominees and notify CIHR-IG. A formal offer of award will be sent to each successful applicant by CIHR-IG.

Additional Information:

  • While CIHR will receive and review applications in either English or French, the international counterpart agency NSC-DOIC requires nominations to be submitted in English. Therefore, French applications (including letters of reference and other supporting documents) that are selected by CIHR for nomination will be translated by CIHR. Applicants will be given an opportunity to review the translation before the English version is sent to NSC-DOIC.

Communications Requirements

Recipients are required to acknowledge CIHR, its institutes and partners in any communication or publication related to the Summer Program in Taiwan. See CIHR General Grants and Awards Policies, Acknowledgement of CIHR's Support for details on CIHR's communication requirements.

Before returning to Canada, participants will be asked to submit a report describing the research they carried out under the program. For program evaluation purposes, participants will also be asked to complete a CIHR questionnaire on their experience in the Summer Program.

How to Apply

A complete application consists of:

  • Common CV Module (validated for CIHR) for the candidate
  • Official graduate transcripts
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency
  • Reference/recommendation letter from the candidate's current supervisor
  • Reference/recommendation letter from a previous supervisor (if applicable)
  • An official letter of advance acceptance/invitation from the host researcher(s) in Taiwan. Letters of advance acceptance/invitation must include the host researcher's name, division, institution, and email address
  • Research Proposal Summary: Describe the proposed research and/or activities that will contribute to increasing collaborative research and exchanges between Canada and Taiwan, in particular: (i) the fit between the candidate's current research program and the proposed summer project; and (ii) the possibility for future novel collaborative efforts following the summer program between the research environments in Canada and Taiwan. Summaries must: (i) not exceed two pages in length, (ii) include the title, and (iii) be signed by the candidate and the current supervisor.

The application process has two steps:

  1. Email a copy of the completed application to André Fortin and
  2. Mail one signed copy of the completed application to the following address:

    RE: "2015 Summer Program in Taiwan - ICS program"
    CIHR Institute of Genetics
    160 Elgin Street 10th Floor
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0W9

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