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Request for Applications 

Canadian Neurodevelopmental Research Training Platform (CanNRT) 
2024 Fellowship Opportunity

CanNRT is now welcoming applications from graduate students, and postdoctoral and clinical fellows training in universities across Canada who are conducting research in neurodevelopment and associated conditions for the 2024 Fellowship.



CanNRT aims to build a qualified and diverse community of learning, research and engagement by offering a collaborative training environment that supports sustainable and equitable pathways for Canadian early career researchers through multidisciplinary cross-sector learning, mentorship and connectivity.


Benefits of the CanNRT Fellowship:

CanNRT recognizes the importance of training activities that go beyond academic knowledge and technical skills. We want capacities within our community to empower learners to become change agents in science and in other sectors where critical capacity is lacking. For this reason, we aim to provide our Fellows a vast array of opportunities, many of which will be catered to each Fellow’s needs and interests. Successful candidates will be invited to enrol in the training program for up to three years and will benefit from an array of capacity building opportunities, including:

  • Entry award: The CanNRT Fellowship comes with an enrollment award valued at $20,000-48,000  CAD depending on career stage. The one-year award can be held during any period of enrolment (up to 3 years; starting September 1st or January 1st).

    • Applicants who hold a competitive federal or provincial fellowship are encouraged to apply but must decline the entry award if their external award period coincides with the 3-year term of this program.

  • Annual Summer School: An immersive one-week intensive learning and interactive environment bringing together all Fellows with mentors from diverse sectors and disciplines.

    • Acceptance into the program is conditional on attending the Annual Summer School. The 2024 Summer School will be held in Montreal, QC from August 19-23, 2024.

  • Training Passport: Flexible support to maximize engagement in activities tailored for each Fellow’s career development. Fellows will receive up to $2,000 CAD per year for their choice of activities, including but not limited to attending conferences and training opportunities, and organizing trainee-led workshops.

  • Networking Opportunities: CanNRT Fellows will have numerous opportunities to come together with Platform Faculty and members to mingle and discuss their research at various annual networking events organized at major conferences (e.g. INSAR, CAN, SfN). 

  • And much more…



To apply for this program, applicants must:

  • be Canadian or foreign trainees enrolled in a Canadian university as graduate students (Masters or PhD level), or as Postdoctoral or Clinical Fellows at the start of the fellowship;

  • conduct research relevant for neurodevelopment and associated conditions, e.g., genetics, cellular and animal models, cognition, neuroscience, intervention. Multidisciplinary, innovative and translational research is encouraged;

  • participate and contribute to CanNRT activities;

  • be CanNRT members. The applicant’s supervisor and co-supervisor(s) must also be members. To become a CanNRT member, please click here.



Applications are evaluated using CIHR criteria and weighting.



Applications may be submitted in English or French. See application form for more details.

Key dates:

  • Request for Applications launch: September 1, 2023

  • Application deadline: November 8, 2023, 5 pm (ET)

  • Announcement of results: March 2024 (all applicants will receive a notice of decision by email)

  • Inaugural 2024 Fellows’ Welcome Information Session: Spring 2024 

  • Start of the program: August 19, 2024 at the Annual Summer School (attendance at the Annual Summer School is required for all successful candidates)

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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