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 support. Join our community of international researchers addressing the most important questions facing science and humanity.
To hear more about this program and how to apply, please watch the recording of our Virtual Open House, held on September 6, 2023.
Applications for the 2024-2026 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program are now being accepted through October 30, 2023 (11:59 pm PDT).
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, 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.
The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program allows you to take your work to challenging new places.
Time and again, we hear from CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars that the two years in CIFAR programs are exciting, energizing, and transformative.
CIFAR is unique, in that they do not focus on supporting one of your research projects, but on supporting you as an individual. Through my CIFAR experience, I have grown professionally along dimensions that I would not have even considered before. CIFAR meetings bring together inspiring collections of attendees and speakers from very diverse fields. They encourage you to ask deeper questions, start ambitious projects, and focus on making an impact on society.
CIFAR is probably my only affiliation that offers unrestricted funds and a world-class, globe-spanning interdisciplinary research network. It has supercharged my research program in ways that I hadn’t anticipated.
CIFAR has been an extraordinary journey for me, offering a distinctive and dynamic setting that encourages creative problem-solving and cross-disciplinary teamwork. What I appreciate most about CIFAR is its commitment to nurturing meaningful connections and supporting researchers in tackling complex, global challenges with fresh perspectives.
CIFAR has provided me with a network and community that have broadened my horizons. I have met new friends in different disciplines whose work has influenced the way I think. The professional development sessions I’ve attended through CIFAR have equipped me with better tools for negotiation, interfacing with the press, and achieving career milestones.
CIFAR has given me, a junior scholar, the opportunity to build deep intellectual connections with the leaders of my field and related fields.
This program is generously supported by the Azrieli Foundation.
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.