2019 Summer Student Awards

A crucial part of Canadian Frailty Network’s mandate is to develop the next generation of Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) – the scientists and teachers, clinicians, and health and social services professionals that will improve care for older adults living with frailty. CFN’s Summer Student Awards Program offers undergraduate students an experiential program in partnership with member institutions and partners across the country. In New Brunswick, the competition is presented in collaboration with the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF).

THE 2019 COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. Only those who submitted a pre-application Intent to Apply by the deadline of November 13, 2018 and received a CFN file number were eligible to submit a full application package by the deadline of December 11, 2018 by 12 noon ET.

About the 2019 competition

Funding: Funding of up to $4,000 each was available, with at least 100% in guaranteed matching funds required from the student’s supervisor. Both must be paid as student salary and benefits only. In New Brunswick, the competition was presented in collaboration with the NBHRF, with up to two students from the province funded under the terms of the collaboration, with NBHRF as the matching fund partner for NB applicants.

NEW:  McMASTER TRAINEES: If students from McMaster University hoped to apply but did not have a source of matching funds, they were asked to submit applications anyway.  Arrangements were made by the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) that McMaster applicants who are highly ranked and aligned with the missions of CFN and MIRA, but do not have a source of matching funds, would be automatically considered for matching funds from MIRA. Ideally applicants had alternative sources of matching funds because the MIRA funds were limited and not all applicants could be supported, however, MIRA encouraged student to apply even without matching funds so that as many McMaster trainees as possible might benefit from this opportunity.

Eligibility: Undergraduate students were eligible if they were enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program at an eligible Canadian university at the time of application. Applicants must have completed all of the course requirements of at least the first year of study in their programs (two academic terms), and must be in good academic standing with their universities. Students from any discipline were encouraged to apply, so long as their proposed summer activities aligned with the strategic priorities of CFN related to improving care for older Canadians living with frailty.

Competition Requirements: Only those who submitted a pre-application Intent to Apply by the deadline of November 13, 2018 and received a CFN file number were eligible to submit a full application package by the deadline of December 11, 2018 by 12 noon ET. Those eligible to submit a full application, were required to review the Program Guidelines outlining eligibility and requirements, and the Application Instructions before submitting.

2019 Full Application Package elements were: Application Form, Learning Plan, CV/Resume, Endorsement from proposed supervisor, and university transcripts.