CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program
Research leaders of tomorrow
Accelerate your career.
Expand your network, collaborate across disciplines, and explore cutting-edge ideas with unrestricted research funding. Join our community of top researchers addressing the most important questions facing science and humanity.
Applications for the CIFAR Azrieli Scholars program are accepted once annually. Applications are now closed for the 2021-2023 cohort. The 2022-2024 cohort will begin accepting applications in September 2021.
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The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides:
Pursuing the most exciting and important research questions requires scholars who can move beyond their own research areas to take a fresh look at a problem.
CIFAR helps early-career researchers think and work outside their silos by facilitating dialogue between diverse disciplines and immersing them in our research programs for a truly enriching experience.
Excellent management and communication skills will be key to success in the demanding and competitive world of research.
Through annual meetings of CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars from across CIFAR’s research programs, and additional learning experiences supported by the Love Family Leadership Development Fund, CIFAR creates a variety of training opportunities on themes related to leadership development.
Engagement in global communities
Tomorrow’s research leaders must effectively engage key stakeholders in their communities, in government, industry, or the general public to both inform and disseminate their work.
We provide early-career researchers opportunities to increase the impact of their research by interacting with leaders both within and outside of academia.
Here is what you need to know to apply.
Applicants may be based anywhere in the world, must hold a PhD (or equivalent) and be within the first five years of starting a full-time research position at an institution of higher education or research. Scholars' research interests must complement or contribute to the themes and goals of an eligible CIFAR research program.
NOTE: Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible to apply.
What you will receive as a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar
A two-year term in a CIFAR research program, a global, interdisciplinary network of top-tier research leaders.
$100,000 CAD in unrestricted research support
Mentorship from a senior researcher within a CIFAR research program
Opportunities to network, collaborate and form a community with peers from diverse disciplines across CIFAR's research programs
Specialized leadership and communication skills training, and support to put your skills into action.
The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program allows you to take your work to challenging new places.
The cross-disciplinary nature of the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program is very unique. It affected the way I think about my projects and the directions I’m taking in my lab.
Being part of the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program means being able to interact with scholars from around the world at the same stage of career as you are. In those shared experiences you come out as a better human being, as well as a better scientist.
This unique set of individuals and the support that I received helped me to raise my profile in the community so that I could start having the conversations that take me to challenging places, that push me and move me to new directions.
This program is generously supported by the Azrieli Foundation and the Love Family Leadership Development Fund.
CIFAR is a registered charitable organization supported by the governments of Canada, Alberta and Quebec, as well as foundations, individuals, corporations and Canadian and international partner organizations.