Graduate Studentship awards are offered by the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit (AbSPORU) in partnership with Alberta Innovates.
Studentships come with a number of unique benefits, including:
Online applications are accepted annually from August-September. The process changes slightly from year to year, so an example of what is required is provided before the actual competition opens.
Applicants are notified in December, with studentships being awarded in January of the following year.
One key aspect to writing winning proposals is the clear description of why the project is “patient-oriented research”.
Awardees come from diverse backgrounds and propose a variety of interesting topics in patient-oriented research.
The number of awards per year depends on available funding. Over the past 5 years, 10 scholarships were awarded per year. The exception was 13 awards in 2015.
To learn more about the Awardees click on the project summary link below their name
Christy Chong – University of Calgary
Project: Understanding the perceptions of acute care service avoidability among patients with chronic kidney disease
Adrijana D’Silva – University of Calgary
Project: Mind and yoga for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (MY-IBS) Study
Kelsey Ellis – University of Calgary
Project: Exploring children, parent, healthcare providers and instructors’ experiences with an individualized yoga intervention for hospitalized children receiving intensive treatments
Danielle Fox – University of Calgary
Project: Urgent start peritoneal dialysis: The implementation of an enhanced program
Matheus Gonçalves Mussi – University of Alberta
Project: User-centred design of brain-computer Interface systems for children with disabilities
Pamela Klassen – University of Alberta
Project: Improving patient outcomes in non-small cell lung cancer with nutrient supplementation
Alyson Kwok – University of Alberta
Project: Maximizing patient engagement through collaborative outcome measure selection and tracking: patients’ perceptions of the use of physical therapy outcome measures post-stroke
Ryan Mallard – University of Calgary
Project: Working with communities to bring healthcare and social services to places where it’s needed the most
Anika Sehgal – University of Calgary
Project: Complexity among Indigenous patients: Developing and validating a clinical assessment tool to address the broader determinants of health
Trina Thorne – University of Alberta
Project: Developing a trauma informed intervention to reduce responsive behaviours in persons with moderate to severe dementia
Billy Wang – University of Alberta
Project: Implementation and evaluation of novel patient-centered initiatives in a multidisciplinary Heart Function Clinic
The Studentship and Training Program inspired me to make my PhD thesis more patient-oriented.
- Chelsia Gillis, 2016 Studentship Awardee