TD Bank Financial Group Grant for Health Sciences Interdisciplinary Research Studentships

Award Description

The TD Bank Financial Group in agreement with the University of Alberta has established an endowment fund to be administered by the Health Sciences Council, University of Alberta. The fund will provide three (3) $10,000 studentships for 2016-17 to support students or trainees at the masters, doctoral or fellowship level. The studentships will be awarded to students in the health sciences faculties who have active roles with an interdisciplinary (cross-faculty or multiple health/allied health disciplines) health research team, who will be taking part in a health research project and who describe or demonstrate interest and potential to excel in interdisciplinary health research.

These awards will be administered through the Health Sciences Council (HSC), according to University of Alberta policies on student awards. The recipients will be chosen based on the recommendation of a review/selection committee appointed by the Executive Director of the Health Sciences Council.

Eligibility of Candidates

Those candidates who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Registered full-time in a graduate or fellowship program for the duration of the award in one of the following Faculties/Schools Programs at the University of Alberta that offer health sciences programs (Medicine and Dentistry; Nursing; Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Rehabilitation Medicine; Physical Education and Recreation;Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences; and the School of Public Health)
  • A strong academic record
  • Interest in exploring opportunities to increase interdisciplinary or team-based scholarship in health research and/or collaborative practice in the health care system
    Has a Supervisor who holds an academic appointment from one of the Faculties/Schools noted above at the University of Alberta and possesses a record of productive health-oriented research including peer reviewed grants, publications and conference presentations/abstracts
  • Involvement in a health research project with an interdisciplinary focus and interdisciplinary team (i.e. cross-faculty or two or more health disciplines)



Applications must be submitted on the attached Studentship application (fill-in) form using the font as set in the form, and must be signed and dated appropriately by required signees. RSO signatures are not required for this studentship.

Applications are to be submitted (hard copy) to the applicant’s home faculty. Please deliver or forward applications to:

Evaluation Procedure

Appendix 1 on the application form outlines the criteria that the TD Studentship Review Committee will use to evaluate applications.

  1. October – Request for proposals sent out by each Health Sciences Faculty totheir students
  2. December – Submission deadline. Applicants should submit hard copies ofcomplete application package to their home faculty as indicated in the table above
  3. January – Each faculty internally reviews and recommends the top two (2)applications for submission to HSC
  4. February – A HSC review committee consisting of representatives from each health sciences faculty reviews top submissions. Each of the top three (3) applicantswill receive the studentship.
  5. March – award commences.


Term of Grant

The grant is for a maximum period of one year from the date of allocation, TBD.

Deliverables at end of studentship

Successful candidates will submit a final report to the Health Sciences Council by March 31, 2018. The report must acknowledge support from the TD Fund. The successful candidate may also be required to present their final report at an HSC meeting and/or conference (suitable meeting and date to be determined).