Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit (AbSPORU) Graduate Studentship in Patient-Oriented Research

The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit (AbSPORU) Graduate Studentship provides opportunities for individuals enrolled in 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.

Recipients will have the opportunity to attain the knowledge and experience they need to build exciting careers that leverage their unique training and expertise in patient-oriented research.

Learn more about the Alberta Strategy for Patient Oriented Research SUPPORT Unit (AbSPORU).

The program provides 12 months of funding support towards a thesis-based Master’s or Doctoral degree, consisting of a stipend of $30,000.
Refer to AbSPORU's current Program Guide for complete criteria outlined in detail.
Application Procedure

FGSR must submit student’s applications to the AbSPORU program on behalf of the student. AbSPORU will not accept applications directly from the applying student. Departmental nomination is not required for this scholarship and are not being processed via the GSMS Awards Portal.

Please carefully read all instructions provided in the AbSPORU application form. It is the Applicant’s responsibility to ensure the Application Package is complete prior to submission to FGSR. Incomplete Application Packages will not be considered.

Students are to email their completed PDF application (excluding reference letters) to FGSR Award Services at by Thursday, December 1, 2022 (4:00 PM MT).

Download the Application form from the AbSPORU Studentship web page. Complete application instructions of all required documents/attachments are included in the Application Form.

A complete application package includes the following:

  1. Application Form completed and signed by Applicant and Primary Supervisor
    • Students must secure their supervisor's signatures on the Application prior submitting to FGSR.
    • FGSR will sign the "Institution (University)" signature field after the completed application is received by email.
  2. Project Overview, List of Project References, and Patient-Oriented Research Alignment
  3. Official Transcripts (all years of completed undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate work)
    • FGSR does not provide copies of transcripts; students are responsible for obtaining transcripts of their academic record to include with their application package.
    • UofA transcripts must show current Fall 2022 full time registration (courses/thesis in progress) if the applicant is current registered. Visit the Office of the Registrar's website to easily obtain an official transcript: How to Request Official University of Alberta Transcripts.
    • Either a scanned paper copy or e-Transcript are acceptable. If ordering an e-Transcript, select the download PDF option for a “blue ribbon” PDF (the associated fee must be paid). Do not add a password or expiry date. To combine the e-Transcript with other transcripts, open it in a browser and print it to pdf (not download and save); students should be able to get unsecured PDF in order to combine with other documents. The blue ribbon will be removed if combined with other transcripts and this is still acceptable; students are to retain the original blue ribbon e-transcript as they could be asked to provide it for verification purposes.
    • Transcripts shared/sent to FGSR’s awards services email address or shared via the organization recipient option will not be accepted. *Contact the Office of the Registrar for questions or issues with e-Transcripts issued through MyCreds™ system.
  4. Supervisor (and, if applicable, Co-Supervisor) Canadian Common CV (CCV) (CIHR Biosketch CV is preferred)

  5. Letter of Reference requested from Primary Supervisor

    • Students are responsible for requesting the letter(s) from their primary supervisor
    • The Primary Supervisor should email the signed reference letter directly to AbSPORU at no later than December 16, 2022 before 4:00 PM MST
  6. (if applicable) Letter of Support requested from affiliate SPOR Network and/or matching partner

  7. (if applicable) Copy of Applicant’s results (ratings, etc.) from prior CIHR competition application(s) relating to the proposed research project

Nomination Procedures
Departmental nomination is not required for the AbSPORU Studentship, however Departments are requested to review the process in the AbSPORU Memo.
Adjudication Procedures
All applications will undergo a comprehensive review and final selection process involving an external review panel convened by AbSPORU. Additional details are in the Program Guide.

Thursday, December 1, 2022 (4:00 pm MST): deadline for students to email their completed PDF application (including all other attachments and transcripts) to FGSR.

Friday, December 16, 2022: deadline for FGSR to submit completed applications to AbSPORU for review and final selection process.