Training Program Opportunities

Trainee Confrence/Travel Scholarships

The 2018 Spring/Summer Travel application deadline has been extended to March 15th, 2018 and can include events already attended this past Winter.

The Kids Brain Health Trainee Travel Scholarships are a way for us to connect with trainees interested in developmental neurosciences. As such these travel awards are offered to those trainees that have joined our trainee network (as an Associate Trainee or Network Trainee) and become active in Network training events.

We are offering up to 20 travel scholarships (of up to $500) to help offset the cost of attendance at conferences, workshops, or courses with a focus on developmental and behavioral neurosciences or specialty conferences critical to career advancement. Applications are reviewed twice per year for October 15th for Fall/Winter Conferences and February 15th for Spring/Summer.


  • Applicants must be a Network/Associate Trainee Member
  • One application may be submitted per student per year
  • Students can apply before receiving acceptance to present at a conference (draft/submitted abstract.
  • Preference will be given to students who are in the early stages of their academic career.
  • Please note that while priority will be given to those trainees presenting (talks or posters) at these conferences, the purpose of this travel award is to encourage our network trainees to attend these valuable conferences; thus if not presenting applicants should provide clear justification for attending the conference in their cover letter.

How to Apply:

  • Download and fillout the Trainee Travel Application form
  • Provide a copy of the presentation abstract (and proof of a
  • Provide a coverletter from you and your supervisor.
  • Include an abbreviated C.V. with recent publications list
  • Send entire package as a PDF to

For further information, contact


Laboratory Exchange Internships

Network Trainees can travel to new lab to learn critical techniques, establish valuable collaborations, and/or gain relevant career-advancing experiences in Canadian Research Labs or Community Organizations (travel, accommodations, and meal per diem for up to 1 month term or $2000 max/per award).

For further information, contact



Kids Brain Health Network is working with another centre of excellence, MITACS, to offer a unique internship program called MITACS Accelerate that connects companies and other organizations with advanced expertise at universities. A graduate student or post-doctoral fellow, working under the guidance of a professor, links the partner organization with the university. Each 4-month internship is valued at $15,000: partner organizations contribute $7500, which is matched by the Accelerate program. A total of $15,000 funding is sent to the supervising professor for each internship. The graduate student or post doctoral fellow is paid a minimum stipend of $10,000 with the remaining funds supporting other costs associated with the research. All disciplines are eligible to participate in the program and applications can be made at any time.

Download the Internships flyer >

Contact Nicky Lewis at for further information on Accelerate training opportunities.


Step Program

Kids Brain Health partners with MITACS to help build 'soft skills', a skills gap recognized by various organizations, including NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR and the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies.

Soft skills include interpersonal communication, team work, and project management, which are viewed as important as more traditional approaches to education and technical training.

By building on advanced education, Kids Brain Health and MITACS provide Step workshops and seminars that position young Canadians as future innovators and entrepreneurs and open opportunities for them to connect with potential employers and collaborators.

Step workshops and seminars are currently open to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows including past, current and prospective interns, and students in the Kids Brain Health and MITACS network.

The Step program includes the following ‘soft-skill’ curriculum areas to bridge the academic and industry communities:

  • Basics of the business environment
  • Communication
  • Project Management
  • Entrepreneurship and intellectual property

Contact Nicky Lewis at for further information on the Step Program.