Optimal Training Environment

The Alberta Diabetes Institute realizes that science progresses quickly and the constant renewal of people and expertise is critical to success and longevity. Trainees such as MSc, PhD graduate students and postdoctoral fellows represent this renewal and the future generations of highly qualified personnel for healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors in Canada. The Institute offers trainees a rich and unique environment for developing research skills and pursuing novel research in their fields.

Trainee Opportunities

There are also opportunities to expand their horizons—basic scientists are able to collaborate with clinical scientists or even community health researchers. Together, with the Alberta Diabetes Foundation, the Institute raises funds that are used to support numerous trainees each year in the form of living allowances and travel awards for attending conferences. The vibrant trainee environment is enhanced by weekly seminars and an annual research event that gives trainees the chance to showcase their research and develop presentation skills. Each year over 80 MSc/PhD students and over 40 postdoctoral fellows train at the Alberta Diabetes Institute.

In the past five years trainees have received 174 institutional, 105 provincial and 124 national or international awards and prizes.

Become a Trainee

The Alberta Diabetes Institute is a cross-disciplinary research Institute with over 65 members from various University of Alberta faculties. All members are actively involved in areas of diabetes research.

If you are interested in joining the Alberta Diabetes Institute as an undergraduate summer student, graduate student or post doctoral fellow, please browse our Members Directory to identify a potential supervisor in your area of interest. Once you have identified a member you would like to work with, you can contact them directly to inquire about joining their research team. 

The Institute offers its trainees the possibility of applying for several exclusive awards. For details of the different awards available, please see the information and eligibility criteria below. If you are already a trainee and are interested in applying, you will need to speak with your supervisor. Application details and deadlines will be forwarded to you by your supervisor at the appropriate time.