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 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 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:

*For the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic years, BRAIN CREATE trainees must be enrolled in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. Some exceptions may be made with approval from the BRAIN CREATE Program Directors. Please contact braincreate@ucalgary.ca for more information.

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 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. 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. 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 graduate 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

Terms: The terms of this scholarship align with the CSM Funding Policy*. The policy guarantees base funding minimums of $23,000/year for PhD trainees and $21,000/year for MSc trainees. 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 must be assessed according to the CSM Funding Calculator as per the CSM Funding Policy; BRAIN CREATE stipends will match the supervisor’s contribution 1:1 up to the maximums stipulated above.

*Please contact the GSE for questions regarding the CSM Funding Policy.

IMPORTANT: 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 recalculation of BRAIN CREATE funding. Funding will be adjusted according to the CSM Funding Calculator as per the CSM Funding Policy as described above. When the tenure of the external award is less than that of the 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.

BRAIN CREATE scholarships are renewed each year. Renewal is contingent upon: 1) annual review of progress, including participation in BRAIN CREATE core and elective activities as outlined in the Summary of 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 scholarships 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.

Apply: Candidates must submit the completed HBI Graduate Scholarship Application 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.