Funding Opportunities

Neuroscience Fellowships

Terms of Reference and Application Process

Award Overview
The purpose of the Dr. Rowland and Muriel Haryett Neuroscience Fellowship is to attract outstanding scientists to the University of Alberta to conduct postdoctoral research in neuroscience. Two awards are available annually. Fellowships are awarded competitively based on the strength of the candidate, and the excellence of the research proposal and laboratory. The supervisor must be a member of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute (NMHI).


To apply for this competition:

  • Your supervisor must be a member of the NMHI;
  • You must hold a PhD and plan to work in an area that falls within the NMHI research areas;
  • You must provide a complete application form along with all required accompanying documents (see Application section below);
  • One letter of reference.


    Award Details
    Two Dr. Rowland and Muriel Haryett Neuroscience Fellowships will be awarded each year for a term of one year. The value of each fellowship is $50,000 to be used toward salary costs; supervisors are responsible for benefits.

    Supervisors are required to provide additional funds to support trainees beyond the first year. Trainees may hold this grant once per eligible training program type. Funding is non-transferable. It is the responsibility of the supervisor and/or awardee to inform the NMHI if they receive another award. Awardees are required to accept alternate funding. All NMHI awards are tenable at the University of Alberta.


    A complete application form must be submitted to the NMHI ( along with the following supporting documentation:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • University level transcripts
  • Letter of support from the proposed supervisor

    In addition, a letter of reference from a Referee that is NOT the proposed supervisor should be submitted directly to Applications that are either: i) incomplete, or ii) non-compliant with the program guidelines and/or application instructions may not be forwarded for review/funding consideration.

    Application Deadline: December 14, 2018 at 4 p.m. 

    Please click for an application form.


    Review Process
    All applications are evaluated by the NMHI Adjudication Committee (supervisors recused from the committee); awards will be based on excellence of the candidate (60%) and of the research proposal and laboratory (40%); applications will be awarded according to rigorous peer review standards.


    Competition Results
    Official result letters will be emailed to the applicant and their supervisor with the application outcome.


    Publications should recognize the support of the Dr. Rowland and Muriel Haryett Neuroscience Fellowship. The trainee and supervisor must complete and submit a progress report within one month of the termination or completion of the award. This report should include a summary of the research conducted during the training and significance of the results and list any publications.


    Award Termination
    The NMHI reserves the right to terminate any award if the conditions of the award are not met, or if there is evidence of unsatisfactory progress. The applicant and/or supervisor must immediately notify the NMHI of any changes that may affect continued eligibility to hold the award. This includes, but is not limited to, changes in employment status and leave of absences.