Award Programs and Other Health Research Training Initiatives

CIHR is committed to supporting graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (PDFs) throughout their research training. We do this in a variety of ways, from providing salary/stipend support, to developing and testing innovative training approaches, to supporting travel for attending conferences or for learning new skills, and more.

Please review the links below to learn more about CIHR's award programs and additional training opportunities that are available to trainees.

Health Research Training Platform (Pilot)

Learn how the Health Research Training Platform (HRTP) Pilot will fill a gap in the career development opportunities available to trainees and ECRs through interdisciplinary, inter-jurisdictional, and intersectoral training environments.

CIHR Health Research Training Award Programs

Read about and apply for CIHR training awards at the master's, doctoral, and postdoctoral level.

CIHR Training Enhancement Projects

Learn about CIHR's training-related ideas, projects and recently implemented changes designed to enhance the research training experience, in line with CIHR's Training Strategy.

  • Reviewer Pathway: Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) Review Program
    To support the development of the next generation of health researchers by accelerating their research independence and leadership, CIHR invites postdoctoral fellows to participate as peer reviewers for the Doctoral Research Award (DRA) competitions. This program is a part of CIHR’s Reviewer Pathway, a comprehensive suite of learning and capacity development programs aimed at supporting the development of peer review skills across career stages, expertise and background. The PDF Review Program builds on the postdoctoral peer review pilots conducted through the 2016 and 2017 DRA competitions.
  • Individual Development Plans [IDP] tool (version 2.0)
    The best career outcomes come to those who actively plan for their career. Even if you're not sure what you want to do following your studies, the IDP can help. We welcome feedback on version 2.0 of our sample IDP tool. Please contact
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