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 the potential for commercialization in the short or long term. Please review the BRAIN CREATE Graduate Scholarship Terms of Reference below for full eligibility requirements and the BRAIN CREATE Program Requirements for more information about the program.

Scholarships 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 prerequisite for trainee or PI involvement in BRAIN CREATE.
 

Application Process: 

  • Already enrolled in the Neuroscience Graduate Program?
    Scroll down to view the Graduate Scholarship 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

If you are interested in the Neuroscience Graduate Program and would like to participate in the BRAIN CREATE Neurotechnologies Training Program, please first 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 Scholarship Terms of Reference

Eligibility: Acceptance into a full-time PhD or MSc program under the primary supervision of a full member of the HBI. The research project must involve the development of neurotechnologies and have the potential for commercialization in the short or long term. Neurotechnologies are broadly defined and include methods, devices, molecules, and drugs 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. Funding prioritizes projects involving a BRAIN CREATE team member. The number of trainees funded by HBI and/or BRAIN CREATE for an individual PI is capped at three, but some flexibility is permitted at the discretion of the HBI Education and BRAIN CREATE Directors. Summer students do not count towards this maximum. Application must be made prior to, or within nine months of, commencement of the graduate program. 

Value of BRAIN CREATE awards:

PhD: $15,000/year

MSc: $12,500/year

Required supervisor contribution:

PhD: $15,000/year

MSc: $12,500/year

Supervisor portion may come from a supervisor’s operating grant, chair, and/or startup funds

Minimum guaranteed salary:

PhD:  $30,000/year

MSc:  $25,000/year

Duration:           

PhD: Four years

MSc: Two years

Subject to annual renewal

Terms: The terms of this scholarship align with the CSM Funding Policy.1 The BRAIN CREATE scholarship provides $15,000/year for PhD students and $12,500/year for MSc students, and the supervisor’s contribution (i.e., funds from a supervisor’s operating grant, chair, and/or startup funds) should match these amounts to meet the minimum guaranteed salaries stated above. Funding in excess of these amounts may be provided at the supervisor’s discretion according to the CSM Funding Policy. If the applicant holds or gains additional funding from internal or external sources, BRAIN CREATE will match the supervisor’s contribution 1:1 up to the maximum value of the BRAIN CREATE award.2

The purpose of this scholarship is to recruit students working on neurotechnologies who will be highly competitive for internal and external awards based on their academic performance and research program. Thus, students holding this scholarship are expected to apply for internal and external awards or grants for which they are eligible, including those from provincial or national agencies. Students who are successful in obtaining other funding must immediately inform BRAIN CREATE administration (braincreate@ucalgary.ca) and the HBI Operations Coordinator (hbi.education@ucalgary.ca) to enable readjustment of BRAIN CREATE funding.2

Students must be able to commit to the BRAIN CREATE Program Requirements.

BRAIN CREATE scholarships are renewed each year. Renewal is contingent upon: 1) annual review of progress, including participation in core and elective activities as outlined in the BRAIN CREATE Program Requirements; 2) evidence of applications for internal or external scholarships; and, 3) supervisor acknowledgement of satisfactory progress under the terms of the scholarship. Students may only receive a maximum of four years of BRAIN CREATE scholarship funding during their training program, regardless of graduate level.

  

Citizenship: Unrestricted

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

Application deadline: March 15 

Award commencement date: September 1

How to apply: Candidates must complete the application process outlined at https://hbi.ucalgary.ca/education/funding-support/graduate-funding.
  

Questions about the BRAIN CREATE scholarship can be directed to hbi.education@ucalgary.ca. Questions about the BRAIN CREATE program can be directed to braincreate@ucalgary.ca.

  

1 The CSM Funding Policy governs the minimum, maximum, and type of funding for students enrolled in a CSM graduate program. Please contact the GSE for any questions regarding the CSM Funding Policy.

2 The BRAIN CREATE award program is based on a 1:1 scholarship (award) to stipend (supervisor) funding match ratio, not to exceed the maximum value of the BRAIN CREATE award. Applicants holding other sources of funding must be assessed according to the CSM Funding Calculator as per the CSM Funding Policy, taking into consideration the minimum guaranteed salaries noted above. When the tenure of the external award is less than that of the BRAIN CREATE scholarship, at the end of the external award’s tenure, the BRAIN CREATE scholarship will be reinstated and paid out to the end of the original tenure date.