Trainee Support Programs

The Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology (LKSIoV) provides support to its member trainees through various Trainee Award Programs:


STUDENTSHIPS

LKSIoV Undergraduate Summer Research Awards ($6000 maximum value)

The Alberta Innovates Summer Studentships program provides funding to support undergraduate students engaging in health and medical research during the summer months (May to August). The intent of the program is to encourage such students to consider careers in medical/health research. The Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) administers the Alberta Innovates Summer Studentships program at the University of Alberta. The Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology has partnered with URI to support undergraduate students under the supervision of a full LKSIoV member.

Eligibility

To be eligible for an LKSIoV Undergrad Summer Research Studentship:

  • Candidates must apply through the Alberta Innovates Summer Studentships program;
  • Candidates must meet all eligibility requirements (refer to link above for details);
  • Candidates must be supervised by a full member of the LKSIoV and select the Institute in their application;
  • Candidates must not be funded by another entity; the LKSIoV currently does not provide top-ups for this program.

NOTE: To support students in as many labs as financially possible, the LKSIoV will support one student per lab per summer period.

Financial Support
  • The LKSIoV Undergrad Summer Research Studentship is $1500 per month for a maximum of four months between the months of May to August per undergraduate student.
  • Payment of the LKSIoV Undergrad Summer Research Studentship (up to $6000/summer) shall be only made to the award recipient upon confirmation of all eligibility requirements, as required for the Alberta Innovates Summer Studentships. (NOTE: Confirmation will be obtained URI; candidate will be contacted)
Obligations LKSIoV Undergrad Summer Research Studentship Recipients

LKSIoV Undergrad Summer Research Studentship recipients must agree to certain obligations that include, but are not limited to:

  • Acknowledgement of the LKSIoV financial support in their presentations (oral or poster format) throughout their undergraduate summer program;
  • Provision of a biographical sketch and photo to be used for publicity purposes.

Funding Results


LKSIoV Graduate Studies Entrance Awards ($10,000 value)

The LKSIoV Graduate Studies Entrance Awards aim to provide LKSIoV full members with assistance in attracting the brightest and most promising students to the University of Alberta for graduate studies in their laboratory.

Deadline: Friday, October 1, 2021 @ 5 p.m. MT

Graduate Studies Entrance Award Eligibility & Requirements

To be eligible for the LKSIoV Graduate Studies Entrance Awards:

  • Candidates must be supervised by a full member of the LKSIoV;
  • Candidates must be registered as a full-time graduate student in a Master's of Science (MSc) or Doctoral (PhD) program at the time application;
  • Candidates may be Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents, or International students;
  • Candidates must have an admission GPA of at least 3.5 (or equivalent);
  • Candidates must have two letters of support sent from the referee's email account directly to lksiov@ualberta.ca;
  • Candidates must apply for the LKSIoV Graduate Studies Entrance Award in their first year of their respective graduate program;
  • Graduate Studies Entrance Award applicants cannot hold an award with a value of $13,000 or greater.
Graduate Studies Entrance Award Financial Support
  • The LKSIoV Graduate Studies Entrance Award is $10,000 per graduate student.
  • Up to five (5) Graduate Studies Entrance Awards, plus any carry-forward Graduate Studies Entrance Awards, may be administered per year.
  • Payment of the Graduate Studies Entrance Award ($10,000) shall be awarded for support of trainee stipend.
Graduate Studies Entrance Award Procedures

The Graduate Studies Entrance Awards competition shall be held once per year. Application submission deadlines shall be October 1 for graduate students with a start date of January 1 or September 1 in the same calendar year (i.e., trainees commencing their program January 1, as well as those commencing September 1, must apply for the LKSIoV Graduate Studies Entrance Award by October 1 of the same year).

Graduate Studies Entrance Award applications shall be due by 5 p.m. local time (MT) October 1:

  • When the application deadline falls on a statutory holiday or weekend, the applications shall be due by 5 p.m. MT on the next business day;
  • Applications must be submitted electronically to the LKSIoV Operations and Research Manager (lksiov@alberta.ca) by the application deadline;
  • Applications must be submitted as a single PDF file.

NOTE: Applications submitted after the deadline or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Successful applicants will be announced in early December and the award will begin in January of the following calendar year.

Obligations of Graduate Studies Entrance Award Recipients

Graduate Studies Entrance Award Recipients must agree to certain obligations that include, but are not limited to:

  • Acknowledgement of the LKSIoV financial support in their presentations (oral or poster format) throughout their graduate studies career;
  • Provision of a biographical sketch to be used for publicity purposes;
  • Potential membership on the Graduate Studies Entrance Award Selection Committee for a future Graduate Studies Entrance Award competition.

For further information and full details, please contact us at lksiov@ualberta.ca.

Funding Results


LKSIoV Doctoral Student Awards ($12,500 value)

The LKSIoV Doctoral Student Awards aim to provide financial assistance to LKSIoV full members by matching funding for FoMD Dean's Doctoral Student Award recipients.

Deadline: Monday, September 27, 2021 @ 11:59 p.m. MT

LKSIoV Doctoral Student Award Eligibility

To be eligible for the LKSIoV Doctoral Student Awards:

  • Candidates must be recipients of a FoMD Dean's Doctoral Student Award;
  • Candidates must be supervised by a full member of the LKSIoV.
LKSIoV Doctoral Student Award Financial Support
  • The LKSIoV Doctoral Student Award is $12,500 per graduate student for one year.
  • Up to five (5) LKSIoV Doctoral Student Awards, plus any carry-forward LKSIoV Doctoral Student Awards, may be administered per year.
  • Payment of the LKSIoV Doctoral Student Award ($12,500) shall be only made to the award recipient upon confirmation of all eligibility requirements, as required for FoMD Dean's Doctoral Award. (NOTE: Confirmation will be obtained from the FoMD Office of Research)
LKSIoV Doctoral Student Award Procedures
  •  LKSIoV Doctoral Student Awards competition shall be held once per year, following the announcement of the FoMD Dean's Doctoral Award recipients.
  • The selection and notification of successful LKSIoV Doctoral Student Award recipients will be completed by December 31.
  • The LKSIoV Doctoral Student Awards will begin January 1.
Obligations of LKSIoV Doctoral Student Award Recipients

LKSIoV Doctoral Student Award recipients must agree to certain obligations that include, but are not limited to:

  • Acknowledgement of the LKSIoV financial support in their presentations (oral or poster format) throughout their graduate studies career;
  • Provision of a biographical sketch to be used for publicity purposes;
  • Potential membership on an LKSIoV Award Selection Committee for a future trainee award competition.

 

RECOGNITION AWARDS

LKSIoV Research Impact Awards ($1,000 value)

The purpose of these awards is to recognize high impact publications produced by graduate students, post-doctoral fellows (PDFs) or research associates (RAs) whose principal investigator (PI) is a full member of LKSIoV.

Deadline: The submission deadline was March 31, 2021.  Thank you to all who applied.

Eligibility and Requirements

Eligibility

Open to any full-time graduate student, PDF or RA whose supervisor/PI is a full member of the LKSIoV.

Requirements

  1. Nominee must be first author or co-first author on a peer-reviewed article:
  • From January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020;
  • Primary research papers only (review articles do not qualify);
  • Only one nomination per publication will be accepted*.

*NOTE: In the case of two first co-authors, both first co-authors can submit individual nominations. If selected, the monetary award will be divided between both individuals.

2. To apply, nominees can self-nominate or be nominated by their supervisor by providing the following:

  • A PDF (portable document format) of the publication;
  • A brief statement outlining the following (1 page max):
    • Is the nominee a MSc, PhD, PDF or RA?
    • What is the research problem/gap addressed in the publication?
    • What is the advancement/contribution of the nominee to the publication, therefore to the advancement of the field?
    • Include evidence of impact: number of views, citations, media coverage, journal impact factor, or any other evidence of impact.
Adjudication and Awards

Adjudication

Adjudication will be done by members appointed by the LKSIoV Management and Advisory Committee and the Director of the LKSIoV. Adjudication decisions will be sent within 30 days of deadline.

Award

Annual awards of $1000 each will be given for each of the following categories (each nominee can only receive one award annually):

  • MSc Student
  • PhD Student
  • PDF / RA

 

TRAVEL AWARDS

LKSIoV Trainee Travel Awards ($1000 value)

THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The LKSIoV Trainee Travel Awards aim to provide financial assistance to LKSIoV graduate students, post-doctoral fellows (PDFs), and research associates (RAs) of full LKSIoV members to support their travel to national or international conferences or other academic meetings to disseminate their research findings.

Trainee Travel Award Eligibility

To be eligible for the LKSIoV Trainee Travel Award:

  • Candidates must be supervised by a full member of the LKSIoV.
  • Candidates must be registered as a full-time graduate student or employed as a full-time PDF or RA at the time application.
  • Candidates must give a presentation on their research outputs at the international or national conference or academic meeting that they propose to attend.

Trainee Travel Award recipients may only be awarded one Trainee Travel Award per year.

Candidates can apply for the LKSIoV Trainee Travel Award up to one year prior to conference date they propose to attend.

Trainee Travel Award Financial Support
  •  The Trainee Travel Award is $1000.
  • Up to 15 Trainee Travel Awards, plus any carry-forward Trainee Travel Awards, may be administered per year.
  • The Trainee Travel Award shall be only used to reimburse costs directly incurred as a result of attendance at the proposed conference or academic meeting, including, but not limited to, airfare, registration fees, accommodation, and poster printing fees.
  • Payment of Award ($1000) will be made to the Trainee Travel Award recipient following submission of the following:
    • Copies of receipts detailing costs incurred as a result of attendance at the conference or academic meeting;
    • Proof of attendance and presentation at the conference or academic meeting.
Trainee Travel Award Procedures

Trainee Travel Award competitions shall be held three times per year. Application submission deadlines shall be:

  • April 1 for attendance at a conference or academic meeting held between May 1 to August 31;
  • August 1 for attendance at a conference or academic meeting held between September 1 to December 31;
  • December 1 for attendance at a conference or academic meeting held between January 1 to April 30.

Trainee Travel Award applications shall be due before 5 p.m. MT on the application submission deadline;

  • When the Trainee Travel Award application deadline falls on a statutory holiday or weekend, the applications shall be due before 5 p.m. MT on the next business day;
  • Trainee Travel Award applications shall be submitted electronically to the LKSIoV Operations and Research Manager (lksiov@alberta.ca) by the application deadline;
  • Trainee Travel Award applications must be submitted as a single PDF file.

Note: Trainee Travel Award applications submitted after the deadline or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Obligations of Trainee Travel Award Recipients

Trainee Travel Award Recipients must agree to certain obligations that include, but are not limited to:

  • Acknowledgement of the LKSIoV financial support in their presentation at the proposed conference or academic meeting;
  • Provision of a biographical sketch to be used for publicity purposes;
  • Presentation of a 10-minute oral report to LKSIoV members on the conference or academic meeting attended;
  • Membership on the Trainee Travel Award Selection Committee for the Trainee Travel Awards competition immediately subsequent to the Trainee Travel Awards competition for which they were granted award, unless a conflict of interest arises (i.e., student may not be eligible to sit on a selection committee if a fellow lab member is applying for a Trainee Travel Award).

 

OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The University of Alberta's Research Services Office (RSO) maintains a funding database about current funding opportunities for researchers and trainees.

For further information and full details, please contact us at lksiov@ualberta.ca.