FoMD Visitor Speaker Funding

As of April 2022, the Walter mackenzie visiting speaker fund will accept applications for in-person or virtual events.

Application Process

  • Deadline dates are the first of every month or the first business day if the first falls on a weekend or is a formal holiday at 4:00 PM.

2022 Deadlines:

January 3, 2022
February 1, 2022
March 1, 2022
EXTENDED April 7, 2022
May 2, 2022
June 1, 2022
July 4, 2022
August 1, 2022
September 1, 2022
October 3, 2022
November 1, 2022
December 1, 2022

  • Submit one typed application to the Office of Research, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, 213 HMRC via vdradmin@ualberta.ca.

  • Applications must be submitted to a funding competition that is at least one month in advance of the scheduled talk for consideration of funding. Applications for talks scheduled to occur in the same month will not be considered.

If you require assistance or additional information, please contact the Office of Research (vdradmin@ualberta.ca;780-492-9723).


Important Considerations:

  • Application success rate in 2017/18 was ~60% and not all qualified Visiting Speakers received funding for their visit.
  • Applicants should consider applying up to 6 months in advance of the visit to maximize their chance of funding and allow for adequate time to advertise the visit and finalize planning.
  • Application adjudication typically takes 2-3 weeks to complete and applicants can expect to receive the results up to 1 month after the deadline.

Walter Mackenzie Visiting Speaker Fund

The Visiting Speaker Fund is sponsored by the Walter Mackenzie Visiting Professorship Endowment and is administered by the Office of Research, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. The Visiting Speaker Fund will support costs associated with selected visits to the University of Alberta by established scientists with excellent records in biomedical and health research. Funds for this program are limited and not all qualified Visiting Speakers will receive funding for their visits. Decisions of the Visiting Speaker Committee are final. Please note that unsuccessful applicants can re-apply in subsequent months as long as the visit is not in the same month as application. Thus, applicants should consider applying up to 6 months in advance of the visit to maximize their chance of funding. The applicants hosting the visit are expected to seek other sources of support in addition to applying to this fund.
In-person Speakers/Events:
Terms of Reference
Application Form

Virtual Speakers/Events:
Terms of Reference
Application Form

Dean's Lecture Series

The Dean's Lecture Series provides funding to support the visit of internationally recognized leaders in any area of research of relevance to the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. This funding is available to departments and institutes only. Each department or institute is eligible to bring in one speaker per fiscal year. Applicants are encouraged to apply up to 6 months in advance of the event. The Dean's Lecture fund will support costs associated with selected visits to the University of Alberta. Applications for approval and funding are administered by the Office of Research, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.

Terms of Reference
Application Form

Processing Expense Claims: All funded visits must comply with U of A policies on Travel, Expense Reimbursement and Hospitality (UAPPOL).