Pre-announcement: Health System Impact (HSI) Fellowship Funding Opportunity

This funding opportunity is led by CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) in partnership with the CIHR Institute of Aging (IA), Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH), Institute of Infection and Immunity (III), Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH), Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA), Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD), Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH), Healthy Cities Research Initiative (HCRI), and Michael Smith Health Research BC (Health Research BC), Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS), Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) and Mitacs.


The Health System Impact (HSI) Fellowship provides Doctoral and Postdoctoral awardees with an experiential learning opportunity within a health system organization (public, private, not-for-profit and Indigenous health organizations outside the traditional university setting) where they dedicate the majority of their embedded fellowship time towards a co-developed program of work that advances the organization’s impact goals and contributes to rapid learning and improvement. Fellows have protected time for academic research, are co-supervised and mentored by a health system and academic leader, and receive a professional development training allowance to support their pursuit of enriched core competency development (e.g., leadership, change management).

Who Should Apply

The Funding Opportunity contains a stream for Doctoral trainees and a stream for Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • Stream A – HSI Award for Doctoral Trainees: Doctoral Fellows receive a one-year experiential learning opportunity where they are embedded in their health system partner organization for at least 60% of their time focused on an impact-oriented project of direct relevance to their partner organization. The remaining time (up to 40%), is protected to continue with their Doctoral program commitments.
  • Stream B – HSI Award for Postdoctoral Fellows: Postdoctoral Fellows receive a two-year experiential learning opportunity where they are embedded in their health system partner organization for at least 70% of their time focused on their impact-oriented program of work. The remaining time (up to 30%), is protected for academic research.

Funds Available

  • Stream A – HSI Award for Doctoral Trainees: The maximum amount per doctoral award is $50,000 per year for up to 1 year ($45,000 stipend plus $5,000 professional development training and research allowance)
  • Stream B – HSI Awards for Postdoctoral Fellows: The maximum amount per post-doctoral award is $155,000 total for 2 years ($70,000 stipend per year, plus $7,500 professional development training and research allowance per year)

How to find a host partner organization

Our host Partner Linkage Tool will feature a list of organizations that have expressed interest in hosting doctoral trainees and/or post-doctoral fellows and will be updated and available with 2022 partners once the funding opportunity goes live. 

  • Are you a health system organization looking to host a fellow? Fill out our Partner Linkage Tool online form to ensure your profile is posted on our web page by the launch date!

Anticipated Timelines

  • Launch Date: Late Fall 2021
  • Information Webinar: December 7th, 2021 – 12:00-1:00pm ET
  • Applications Due: Winter 2022
  • Fellowship start date: September 1, 2022

Learn more

Learn more about the program, view the profiles of current and alumni fellows, and watch the brief HSI Fellowship video.

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