AbSPORU Graduate Studentship in Patient-Oriented Research

The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit (AbSPORU) Graduate Studentship provides opportunities for individuals enrolled in any year of a thesis-based Master’s or PhD program at one of Alberta’s four comprehensive academic research universities (CARU) to undertake research that both meaningfully engages patients and addresses their priorities.

How the program works


The program provides 12 months of funding support towards a thesis-based Master’s or Doctoral degree, consisting of a stipend of $30,000.

The program also provides a range of patient-oriented research training and competency development activities to build the interdisciplinary and collaborative skills required of Alberta’s next generation of researchers, clinicians and health services professionals.

How to apply
Please review the Program Guide for information on this year’s competition

All applications will undergo a comprehensive review and final selection process involving an external review panel convened by AbSPORU. The review panel will include patient-partner reviewers. The panel’s ranking will help inform AbSPORU’s final selection of applications for funding.


Congratulations to the 2023 Studentship Cohort

Amber Ruben - University of Alberta

Project: Alexander First Nation members' views of their relationships with community pharmacists: a conversation and interpretive description study

Kevin Wang - University of Alberta

Project: Evaluating and Treating Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia in Adults Treated with Dialysis

Lisa Vaughn - University of Calgary

Project: Understanding Métis Peoples' Experiences with a Life-Limiting Illness in Alberta through Two-Eyed Seeing Community Engaged Research

Mary Olukotun - University of Alberta

Project: Access to health services and supports for Black preterm infants in Alberta: A longitudinal case study

Matt Larsen - University of Calgary

Project: Learning to Cope: An Exploration of Coping Strategies Used by People with Lived Experience of Homelessness and Diabetes

Megan Patton - University of Calgary

Project: What matters to you(th) preparing for adult health care: A mixed-methods approach to improving readiness assessments

Mica Marbil - University of Calgary

Project: Choosing the right model of care together: Informing an equitable, patient-oriented decision aid for in-person vs virtual care of pediatric chronic pain

Queenie Li - University of Calgary

Project: Validation and Diagnostic Uncertainty in Pediatric Chronic Pain

Rashmin Hira - University of Calgary

Project: Assessment of Autonomic Nervous System Function in Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC) and Characterization of the Patient Experience

Stefanie Desrochers - University of Calgary

Project: Exploring 2SLGBTQ+ experiences in the context of psychedelic medicines

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Land Acknowledgment

The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit operates on and acknowledges the lands that are the traditional and ancestral territory of many peoples, presently subject to Treaties 6, 7, and 8. Namely: the Blackfoot Confederacy – Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika – the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, and the Tsuu T’ina Nation and the Métis People of Alberta. This includes the Métis Settlements and the Métis Nation of Alberta. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations. We make this acknowledgment as a reaffirmation of our shared commitment towards reconciliation, and as part of AbSPORU’s mandate towards fostering health system transformation.