Motyl Graduate Studentships in Cardiac Sciences


  • The award is valued at $20,000 per annum for up to 24 months, beginning in September of the competition year.
  • Depending on availability of funds from the Motyl endowment, two or more scholarships are available to full-time MSc and PhD students registered in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (FoMD) who are conducting research in the area of cardiac sciences (including cardiovascular diseases and related risk factors). 
  • Topics of research may be related to any of the four pillars of health research (basic, clinical, health services/outcomes and population health research).


  • Students registered in a full-time MSc or PhD program in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta.
  • MD/PhD students are not eligible to apply for this award.
  • At the time of initiation of the award, the candidate must have completed at least 12 months of graduate study in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.3 from the past two years (see application form for detailed instructions on appropriate calculation). All non U of A transcripts must include a Weighted Average Calculator Form to be completed by the applicant’s department.
  • Recipients of this award may not concurrently hold (i) any other major stipend award ($13,000 or greater), or (ii) other funding from the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (e.g., 75th Anniversary Award, Medical Sciences Graduate Program Scholarship, etc.).
  • Former recipients of the Motyl Graduate Studentship are not eligible to apply.
  • If the recipient accepts another major award ($13,000 or greater) from any source, or other funding from the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, the Motyl Graduate Studentship must be surrendered, and the Office of Research in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is to be notified by the student and/or supervisor.

Submission Process

Deadline: Complete applications must be submitted no later than Friday, May 19, 2023.

Applicants must submit their complete application electronically as ONE PDF FILE to A complete application includes:

  • A completed current application form with signatures. Please do not use previous applications as forms are updated on a regular basis.
  • Up-to-date transcripts, including undergraduate transcripts. Transcripts do not need to be official, but must be complete and current. If transcripts are not in English or French, do not submit original language versions - as an alternative, admission Weighted Average Calculator (WAC) Form would be accepted. Please see the application form for instructions on GPA calculation. 
  • U of A transcripts must be included even if there are no grades. 
  • Two letters of reference, one of which must be from the supervisor, emailed directly to The student should not be copied on this email.

NOTE: Extraneous materials such as: curriculum vitae, reprints, special academic standing certificates, professional licensure certificates, or other documentation are not required and will not be accepted.

Application Form

Application Form

Award Adjudication

Applications are considered by an awards evaluation committee, chaired by the Associate Dean Research, Graduate Programs in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.

If you require further information, please contact:

Graduate Programs Advisor
Office of Research
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
2-13 Heritage Medical Research Centre
Tel: 780-492-9721

Award Results

2021/22 Graduate Studentships in Cardiac Sciences Results

The results of the 2021/22 competition of the Graduate Studentships in Cardiac Sciences were announced on the 29th of June, 2021. 

There were 8 successful applications from a total of 13 applications received, a 61.5% success rate.

The recipients of the 2021/22 Graduate Studentships in Cardiac Sciences are:

Students Supervisors
Abbasi-Habashi, Sima Winship, Ian
Alavi, Parnian Jahroudi, Nadia
Aujla, Priya Kassiri, Zamaneh
Kibalnyk, Yana Voronova, Anastassia
King, Emily Flores-Mir, Carlos
Rathod, Nishadh Young, Howard
Zhang, Hao Oudit, Gavin
Zhang, Yongneng Michelakis, Evangelos
Previous Award Results