Graduate

To join the BRAIN CREATE Neurotechnologies Training Program, you must be enrolled in a full-time PhD or MSc program* under the supervision of a full member of the HBI. Your research project must involve the development of neurotechnologies and have a potential commercial spinoff. Please review the BRAIN CREATE Graduate Award Terms of Reference below for full eligibility requirements and the Summary of Program Requirements for more information about the program.

Stipends provided by BRAIN CREATE must be matched by the recipient's supervisor. BRAIN CREATE also offers trainees access to travel support to pursue neurotechnologies. While BRAIN CREATE-funded trainees will be prioritized if program elements are oversubscribed, financial support is not a pre-requisite for trainee or PI involvement in BRAIN CREATE.

Application Process: 

  • Already enrolled in the Neuroscience Graduate Program? Scroll down to view the Graduate Award Terms of Reference for information on applying for BRAIN CREATE funding.
  • Not yet enrolled in the Neuroscience Graduate Program? See below for the Neuroscience Graduate Program general information and links.
  • Not sure where to start or don't have a supervisor in mind? Please contact us at braincreate@ucalgary.ca.

   

Neuroscience graduate program:

* For the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic years, BRAIN CREATE trainees must be enrolled in the Neuroscience Graduate Program.

If you are interested in the Neuroscience Graduate Program and would like to apply for the BRAIN CREATE Neurotechnologies Training Program, please submit an application for admission to the Neuroscience Graduate Program within the Cumming School of Medicine. IMPORTANT: Please record on the application that you are applying for BRAIN CREATE.

More information on the Neuroscience Graduate Program, requirements, and application procedure can be found at:

General Information

How to apply

Master of Science (MSc)

Program overview and application

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Program overview and application

BRAIN CREATE Graduate Award Terms of Reference

Eligibility: Acceptance into a full-time PhD or MSc program under the supervision of a full member of the HBI. Your research project must involve the development of neurotechnologies and have a potential commercial spinoff. Neurotechnologies are defined as methods, devices, and molecules developed to monitor and/or augment brain and key physiological functions. Key physiological functions may include cardiorespiratory control, cerebrovascular regulation, autonomic control, attention, learning, and sleep. The primary supervisor must be a full member of the HBI. Funding prioritizes projects involving a BRAIN CREATE team member. Supervisors are restricted to having a maximum of 3 trainees (postdoctoral fellows and graduate students) funded by HBI and/or BRAIN CREATE at any one time. Summer students do not count towards this maximum. Application must be made prior to, or within nine months of commencement, of the program. 

Value of BRAIN CREATE stipends:
PhD: $11,500/yr
MSc: $10,500/yr

Minimum guaranteed salary:
PhD: $23,000/yr
MSc: $21,000/yr


 

Number:    

Variable

Duration:  

PhD: Four years, subject to annual renewal.
MSc: Two years, subject to annual renewal.


 

Deadline:     

March 15 each year

For the spring 2020 competition, applications are due May 1, 2020.

Terms:    The terms of this award align with the CSM Funding Policy. The policy guarantees base funding minimums of $23,000/yr for PhD level and $21,000/yr for MSc level trainees per year. BRAIN CREATE stipends will match the supervisor’s contribution (i.e., funds from a supervisor’s operating grant, chair, and/or startup funds) to a maximum of $11,500/yr for PhD and $10,500/yr for MSc. Applicants holding other sources of funding will be assessed according to the CSM Funding Calculator as per the CSM Funding Policy. When using the CSM Funding Calculator, please note that: 1) BRAIN CREATE stipends are considered Base Funding; 2) Base Funding should be set at the guaranteed minimum; and, 3) Awards refer to any additional funding beyond the BRAIN CREATE and supervisor contributions as outlined above.

Graduate students may only receive a maximum of four years of BRAIN CREATE scholarships during their training program regardless of graduate level. Students must inform braincreate@ucalgary.ca if they obtain any additional external or internal awards.

The purpose of this award is to recruit students working on neurotechnologies who will be highly competitive for external awards based on their academic performance and research program. Thus, students holding this award are expected to apply for external awards or grants for which they are eligible, including those from provincial or national agencies.  

Renewal is contingent upon internal review of, and application for external scholarships, annual review of progress (including participation of supervisor and student in BRAIN CREATE core and elective activities) and signed by the supervisor acknowledging satisfactory progress under the terms of the award.

Citizenship:    Unrestricted

Where Tenable:    Recipients must be enrolled at the University of Calgary and reside in Calgary for at least 9 months/year.

Apply:    Candidates must submit the completed Graduate Scholarship Award Application (link will be available 4 to 6 weeks prior to deadline) and supporting documentation as a single PDF file, and send references directly to hbi.education@ucalgary.ca attention:

Dr. Sarah McFarlane
Education Director
Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Questions can be directed to braincreate@ucalgary.ca.