2018 CFN Interdisciplinary Fellowship Program

A crucial part of our Canadian Frailty Network’s mandate is to develop the next generation of Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) – the scientists, clinicians and health and social services professionals that will improve care for older adults living with frailty. CFN’s Training Program offers graduate and PhD student, post-docs and working professionals an interdisciplinary, experiential program in partnership with member institutions and partners across the country. The CFN Interdisciplinary Fellowship Program goes beyond traditional academic and clinical training opportunities by offering enriched experiential learning and interdisciplinary collaboration. In New Brunswick, the competition was presented in collaboration with the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF).

The 11 students in our sixth annual cohort represent six disciplines at eight Host Institutions in five provinces. Click on the links below to learn more about our 2018 CFN Interdisciplinary Fellows and their Supervisors.



Host Institution

Kyla Alsbury

Nancy Salbach

University of Toronto

Julia Borges

Daryl Pullman

Memorial University

Pamela Durepos

Sharon Kaasalainen

McMaster University

Sarah Gibbens

Kevin Woo

Queen’s University

Patricia Hewston

Alexandra Papaioannou

McMaster University

Andrea Mayo

Olga Theou

Dalhousie University

Caitlin Robertson

Emily Read


University of New Brunswick

Mariko Sakamoto

Alison Phinney

University of British Columbia

Fran Seymour

Tracey Rickards

University of New Brunswick

Alyson Takaoka

Michelle Kho

McMaster University

Jill van Damme

Paul Stolee

University of Waterloo

About the 2018 competition

Fellowship terms for the 2018-19 competition are 12 months, and CFN contributes a maximum of 50% of the Fellowship funding and each Fellow has a confirmed partner that has agreed to provide at least matching funds in cash. All funding is paid as Fellow stipends only. In New Brunswick, the competition was presented in collaboration with the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF). Two fellows from New Brunswick (NB) were funded under the collaboration, with NBHRF as the matching fund partner for NB applicants.

Funding levels for 2018-19 Fellows are:

  CFN Funding Partner Funding Total Funding
Master’s student level $12,500 $12,500 $25,000
PhD student level $17,500 $17,500 $35,000
Postdoctoral or working professional level $25,000 $25,000 $50,000


The Fellowship Competition was open to current graduate & PhD students, post-docs & working professionals. Individuals from any discipline were encouraged to apply, so long as their proposed activities aligned with the strategic priorities of CFN related to improving care for older Canadians living with frailty. Eligibility requirements were fully outlined in the Program Guidelines.

Deadlines for 2018 Competition

Only applicants that submitted their Intent to Apply by the deadline of Monday, January 29, 2018 and received a CFN file number were eligible to submit a full application package. Full Application packages were due by 12 noon ET on Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Full Application Packages consisted ov:

  1. Application Form — online beginning January 31, 2018
  2. Applicant’s CV — to be uploaded online beginning January 31, 2018
  3. Required signatures form — submit by email
  4. Endorsement form from proposed Fellowship Supervisor
  5. Professional References form (2 required)
  6. Partner Letters of Support
  7. Transcripts for all post-secondary and clinical/medical school studies

Further information