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Request for Applications

Important Dates (subject to change):

June 15, 2012  Application Submission Deadline
Sept 1, 2012   Award Announcements
Sept 1, 2012   Earliest Start of Funding

Fellowship Opportunities:

Doctoral Fellowships
Postdoctoral Fellowships
Clinical Research Fellowship

Application Materials:

Fellowship Poster
Fellowship RFA announcement
Fellowship Reference Form
Fellowship Partner Funding Module
Fellowship Application Form (email to request application form) 


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For more information contact Dr. Douglas Swanson, Training and Education Program Manager

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NeuroDevNet Training Mission

The principal emphasis of the NeuroDevNet Research Training Program is to develop cross-disciplinary and collaborative skill sets for the next generation of Scientists, Clinicians, and Health Services professionals involved in the study of neurodevelopmental disorders. This cross-disciplinary approach will help provide young researchers with the diverse vocabulary and experience to interact with the broad research community.  A goal for successful applicants may be, for example, to provide basic science researchers with aspects of clinical or social sciences research experience or providing neuroethicists with basic or clinical laboratory experience. In order to accomplish this goal, NeuroDevNet is offering Doctoral, Postdoctoral, and Clinical Research Fellowships for training in the areas of the basic biology, neuroinformatics, neuroethics, diagnostics, treatments of neurodevelopmental disorders, and/or knowledge translation.

NeuroDevNet’s mandate is to enhance the training of highly qualified personnel (HQP) going above and beyond the traditional training opportunities offered in academia. NeuroDevNet Fellowship support is geared to provide the trainee with enriched experiences ranging from the initial research discovery to its practical application, with an emphasis on the bidirectional translation of knowledge between the researcher, and the ultimate beneficiaries of our work: children and families with neurodevelopmental disorders.


NeuroDevNet Fellowship Awards

There are three key components to the NeuroDevNet Trainee Fellowships model: 1) Partnership Funding, 2) Co-mentorship, and 3) Excellence of the Research Training Plan

Partnership Funding

To reach as wide a group of trainees and mentors with a cross-disciplinary training program, the NeuroDevNet Trainee Award Program is based on matched funding from a partner organization/institution. Matched funding can derive from host institutions, foundations or other organizations or from already established NeuroDevNet Training partnerships (see more details under the “How to Apply” section).  Furthermore, investigators with research grant funding (e.g. Tri-council grant or another research award, excluding direct funding from NeuroDevNet) can provide independent support as matching funds to meet the eligibility criteria for a NeuroDevNet Trainee Award.


One aspect of the NeuroDevNet Training Program’s mission is to develop the networking capabilities of its trainees and members.  NeuroDevNet strongly encourages co-mentorship for our trainees.  A co-mentored training plan would serve to broaden the trainee’s research experience as well as foster networking activities through interactions between research programs.  Engagement of the co-mentor as a full co-supervisor or as a special advisor providing for guidance in a cross-disciplinary research area will greatly strengthen the application.

At least one mentor of each trainee applicant must be a NeuroDevNet investigator or affiliate, with the co-mentor from a cross-disciplinary research area (not necessarily with a NeuroDevNet affiliation).  Together the co-mentors and trainee candidate should develop a research plan that is both complementary and suitable to broaden the training perspective and experience.

Excellence of the Research Training Plan

This research/training plan should reflect NeuroDevNet’s Mission and enrich the trainee’s experience beyond the traditional model of training.  Successful candidates should develop a research/training plan with their mentor(s) that provides the trainee with opportunities for basic and/or clinical, ethical, informatics or knowledge translation aspects of study of neurodevelopmental disorders.  Research/training plans with a focus related to NeuroDevNet’s targeted neurodevelopmental disorders (CP, FASD and ASD) will receive highest priority, but projects focused in other areas of brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders will also be considered. However, a strong research plan that clearly identifies linkages with NeuroDevNet Demonstration Projects and Cores is required.


Award Categories

Doctoral Fellowship Award: Open to highly qualified individuals applying to or enrolled in a doctoral program at a recognized institution (NeuroDevNet Network Member) leading to a Ph.D. degree and participating in research related to brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders, neuroinformatics, neuroethics, and/or knowledge translation. (1-2 year awards of up to $20,000/yr with 50% match in funds; eligibility for the second year of support is contingent upon review of an annual progress report and availability of funds from NeuroDevNet and matched support).

Postdoctoral Fellowship Award: Open to highly qualified applicants with MD and/or PhD degrees who will be engaged in research training related to brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders, neuroinformatics, neuroethics, and/or knowledge translation at a recognized institution (NeuroDevNet Network Member). (1-2 year awards of up to $40,000/yr with 50% match in funds; eligibility for the second year of support is contingent upon review of an annual progress report and availability of funds from NeuroDevNet and matched support).

Clinical Research Fellowship Award: Open to high-quality candidates with an advanced degree and/or licensure in Health Science related fields (including, but not limited to Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Clinical Psychology) and wishing to interrupt clinical training to undertake research training related to brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders, neuroinformatics, neuroethics, and/or knowledge translation, with the intent to pursue careers as clinician-researchers. (1-2 year awards up to $70,000/yr with 50% match in funds depending on postgraduate experience; eligibility for the second year support is contingent upon review of an annual progress report and availability of funds from NeuroDevNet and matched support).


Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a NeuroDevNet Fellowship, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria at the time of activation of the fellowship for funds to be released: 

  1. Applicant must reside in Canada but need not be a Canadian citizen;
  2. Applicant must be enrolled in a doctoral level degree program or be participating in postgraduate research training at a Canadian University. Master’s students who have successfully transitioned to the Doctoral (Ph.D.) training track by September 1, 2012 will be considered eligible (Contact us if your institution is not presently a NeuroDevNet Network Member Institution [ See a list of active Network Institutions]);
  3. Applicants must have matched funding to be eligible for an award (See the How to Apply section for further details);
  4. At least one of the applicant’s supervisor/co-mentors must be a NeuroDevNet Network or Associate Investigator with an academic appointment at a Canadian University. (See a List of Network Investigators or the supervisor/co-mentor may apply for NeuroDevNet membership by filling out a membership application prior to fellowship application);
  5. In order to provide for a wider network distribution of training funds, only one application per award category (i.e. one Graduate Fellowship and one Postdoctoral Fellowship) may be submitted from an individual supervising investigator’s laboratory for the 2012-2013 Fellowship competition;
  6. Supervising investigators may carry a maximum of two NeuroDevNet Fellows at any given time (Postdoctoral Fellows and/or Graduate Fellows).


Evaluation Criteria

Trainees will be evaluated per award category on a competitive basis. Assessment areas will include:

  • Academics: Coursework and Awards.
  • Research/Clinical/Teaching Experience and Contributions.
  • Publications/Presentations.
  • Cross-Disciplinary Research Plan (should highlight trainee’s role in research plan as well as the supervisor and co-mentor involvement in training).
  • Network Involvement (Research Plan should identify areas where training provides inter-laboratory and Network level interactions and opportunities).
  • Written and Oral communication skills.
  • Leadership Potential (e.g., Community Participation, Volunteerism, Teaching, Team or Group Involvement).


Trainee Opportunities 

  • Trainee Stipend for 1 or 2 year term; trainees are eligible for renewal for a second year of funding following successful review of the first year progress report and availability of matched funds.
  • Full support for attending the NeuroDevNet Annual Scientific Conference.
  • Travel support to attend one NeuroDevNet sponsored Trainee Workshop.
  • Priority notice and opportunity to participate in NeuroDevNet sponsored workshops, trainee events, Webinars, journal clubs, laboratory exchanges.

Trainee Responsibilities 

  • Engagement of cross-disciplinary NeuroDevNet Investigator for consultation/advisor (co-mentor).
  • Attend and present at one or more NeuroDevNet Annual Scientific Conference.
  • Attend a NeuroDevNet Sponsored Trainee Workshop.
  • Participate in monthly NeuroDevNet Trainee Webinar Series.
  • Prepare Year-End Report on research progress and significant findings (due one month prior to the end of the annual term).
  • Explicitly credit NeuroDevNet support when presenting or publishing work undertaken under this award.
  • Provide updates of career progress and publications resulting from research undertaken under this fellowship.


How to Apply:


June 15, 2012             Submission Deadline (5:00pm PDT)
Sept 1, 2012              Award Announcements
Sept 1, 2011              Anticipated Start of Funding

Matched Funding Process:

Apply to NeuroDevNet with partnership funds identified. Candidates applying with PI/mentor grant support or Foundation/Organization partnership support in place, should apply directly to NeuroDevNet and indicate on the application the matching funding source.

Candidates without matched funds in place can still apply for a NeuroDevNet Training Award through our directed partnerships program. To apply, you should identify a partnered award program that fits their interest and direction (see website for official list of participating partnerships and details). You must determine the fit for the particular program criteria (e.g., region of residence or institution participation, identify eligible co-mentor, develop an appropriate research plan, etc.). Ensure that the Partnership Module is prepared and signed by the appropriate partnership/funding match representative.  You should then prepare your application indicating the partner program and illustrating how they meet the program eligibility criteria. Following NeuroDevNet adjudication, when appropriate for the funding match, the top applicants will be recommended to these partnership organizations for review and approval.

In all cases, applicants are evaluated based on the merits of their application, and the number of awards will be given based on availability of funds and provision of matched funding.

Application Process 

  1. Request an Application Form/Packet (includes Fellowship Application Form, Supervisor/Co-Mentor Support Forms; Reference/Evaluation Form, and the Partnership Module, and the Application Checklist). [send email request to]
  2. Carefully read instructions and guidelines and fully fill out Application Forms.
  3. Prepare an abbreviated CV (recommended NCE CommonCV format with Contributions/Publication Appendix).
  4. Forward Letter of Reference Forms to selected individuals (letter should be sent directly to NeuroDevNet as a PDF via email to ).
  5. Prepare and obtain appropriate signatures on the Partnership Module.
  6. Submit application packet (including Signature Cover page, completed Application Form, Mentor/Co-Mentor Support Form(s), Scans of official academic transcripts, and NCE-Common CV). Electronic forms of all documents should be submitted via email to . (Use checklist for critical documents).  

Deadline for electronic submission is June 15, 2012, 5:00 PDT. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.