Frequently Asked Questions About the CIP

If you don’t find the answer to your question below, please feel free to contact us or schedule an in-person chat with the CIP Admin (highly recommended).

In-depth information about the program can be found in the Clinician Investigator Program Handbook.


When is the application deadline?

CIP Application Deadline:  see the Application page for the current deadline.

Am I eligible for the CIP?

  • You must be currently enrolled as a resident with the University of Calgary's PGME in an RCPSC accredited specialty or sub-specialty program (Family Medicine is not eligible). You also must co-apply to a University of Calgary Faculty of Graduate Studies program (most often one of the ten programs in Graduate Science Education (GSE).
  • Your research must be in Calgary with a Supervisor on faculty at the UofC.

Please consult the CIP Handbook for further information.

I'm interested, what are the first steps?

Before vetting supervisors, committee or research project, potential applicants should:

  • As soon as your interest is piqued, arrange an in-person meeting with the CIP administrator by emailing cip@ucalgary.ca .
  • After meeting with the CIP admin, meet with the CIP Program Director, 3 months before the application deadline. The CIP Admin can help arrange a meeting.
  • Seek approval from your UofC residency clinical Program Director.

Can my MSc be course-based?

  • No, at the UofC only Thesis based research programs are acceptable. The research must be related to your residency program and can be clinical, education or basic research. See Graduate Science Education (GSE) for some possible graduate programs.

What if I already have my PhD?

  • You do not have to take another graduate degree if you already have a PhD. For the postdoctoral stream, a program of individualized research training is undertaken, with appropriate scientific rigor for a resident who already holds a graduate degree. Postdoctoral training plans require the approval of the CIP resident program committee.  A meeting with the CIP Director is required before you submit your application.

At what point during my residency should I apply?

  • Entry is possible during your RCPSC accredited specialty or sub-specialty residency training (typically after your second residency year).
  • As every program is different, with different required EPAs, discussions with your clinical PD will help you determine the best time for your entry into CIP.
  • You can also begin the CIP after your residency is completed, IF you apply within 6 months of completing your residency. For example, if you complete your residency in June of 2023, you must apply to CIP no later than the October 2023 application deadline.

What about funding?

  • A limited number of 2 year Ministry funded positions (at your PGY level) are available. After the two years external funding would have to be found. For CIPs in a PhD program, limited CSM funding is available after the first two years.
  • CIP trainees are required to apply for external funding, check here for potential sources. CIP trainees who receive external funding during the first two years will receive a ministry top up to PARA levels.

Are residents in the AFC diploma programs eligible for CIP?

  • No, the Area of Focused Competence (AFC) diploma programs (e.g. adult cardiac electrophysiology) are not eligible for CIP.

Where do I start my search for the right supervisor?

  • Read Standard B4 (pg 4: Research Supervisor) of the Royal College Standards of Accreditation for the CIP
  • Graduate Science Education (GSE), Cumming School of Medicine, provides a list of potential supervisors here

This paper by Yoon et al.* discusses six specific recommendations for finding the right supervisor, compiled from CITAC/ACCFC.

Check Institutes for potential supervisors.

  • Check the membership of relevant Research Institutes such as Libin (cardiovascular), Children's Hospital, Snyder (chronic diseases such as asthma, Crohns's, arthritis etc and infectious diseases), Charbonneau (cancer), Hotchkiss (neurosciences), McCaig (bone and joint) and O'Brien (public health) .
  • Research your potential supervisor. Inquiries that do not reference research by the faculty you are contacting will likely not receive a response.

Can you tell me something about the different pathways?

  • Only the Continuous and Fractionated Training pathways are available at the UofC. For more information on the CIP pathways check here.
  • Other universities which offer the CIP program may have different eligibility requirements, location requirements or available pathways.

Are there any other CIP programs in Canada?

Specific eligibility rules and funding vary between universities.Please contact the relevant program directly.

  • Western Canada (University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba)
  • Ontario (Western University, McMaster University, University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, Queen’s University)
  • Québec & Maritimes (McGill University, Dalhousie University, Université de Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke, Université Laval)