Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AI-HS) MD/PhD funding is not provided in MD Years 1 and 2, even if the student enters from a graduate program with an AI-HS studentship in hand. The studentship may be able to fund the summers between the academic years. It resumes after the student has completed MD Year 2 and returns to full-time research.
Students will ordinarily apply to AI - HS for a MD/PhD Studentship Award. If successful, this award if offered for an initial 24-month term, and is eligible for renewal for a total of six years. It will fund the PhD portion of the program and a portion of the final years of the MD program, depending on the time required to complete the PhD.
Alternatively, during the PhD portion of their studies, students may be funded by other external or internal awards.
The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry will provide an extra 15 per cent top-up to each MD/PhD student holding AI-HS MD/PhD studentships. Those who receive other independent awards will not qualify for this extra funding.