CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program 2020

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EligibilityPhD scholars
AwardCAD 100,000 and other benefits

About the Program


Last Updated On : 10-12-2020   Posted By : SIM

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) invites applications for CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program 2020 from researchers having a PhD or equivalent degree. The program supports exceptional early-career researchers with funding, mentorship, a global network, and professional skills development. The selected scholars will receive CAD 100,000 and other benefits.

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program 2020

    The following are the eligibility requirements of the program: 

    • The candidate should hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) 
    • The candidate should be employed at an institution of higher education or research 
    • The candidate should be within the first five years of a full-time academic position 
    • The candidate should be available to attend a two-day in-person interview on June 18-19, 2020 in Toronto, Canada
    • The applicant must have a valid passport 
    • The applicant should be fluent in written and spoken English

    Note- Postdoctoral students are not eligible for the program. Contact for any queries on eligibility.


    The scholars will receive: 

    • An amount of CAD 100,000 in unrestricted research support 
    • An opportunity to be a fellow at CIFAR research program for a term of 2 years 
    • A chance to network and collaborate with a gamut of people constituting diverse disciplines 
    • Mentorship from a senior researcher at CIFAR research program
    • Special training to develop leadership and communication skills along with how to put the concerned skills into action

    The documents required are:

    • A summary section 
    • A detailed section
    • Two Letters of Recommendation directly submitted by the referees

    For any more information on the documents mentioned above click here.

    How can you apply?

    The applicant needs to follow the steps to apply: 

    Step 1- Register on the CIFAR portal.
    Step 2-  Activate the account through the registered email.
    Step 3- Apply for the scholarship.
    Step 4- Attach the necessary documents.
    Step 5-  Submit the application.

Important Dates

Application deadline: 30th October 2020

Selection Criteria

The application review process and criteria include:

  • An application review by the CIFAR Fellows and/or advisors for each program analyzing the application on the basis of following criteria and will shortlist 5 candidates for each program:
    • Research excellence
    • Potential to contribute to their program 
    • Leadership potential 
  • Final in-person selection interview to evaluate and assess candidates' capacity, potential and desire to actively participate and engage with the diverse amount of disciplines and have a broader impact.
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Terms and Conditions
  • The CIFAR research program is accepting applications in 2020 for the following topics:
    • Child and Brain Development
    • Learning in Machines and Brains
    • Quantum Information Science
    • Quantum Materials
  • The active term for the scholarship is 2 years long, beginning in July 2020.
  • The fund provided to the scholar must only be used for his/her research purposes.
  • All Letters of References must be uploaded through the online application system.  

For more information, click here

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