Get up to CDN $100,000 in Funding for Early Career Researchers in the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars 2022/2024

Are you an early career researcher with a PhD or it’s equivalent?

Then apply for the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars 2022/2024 to get a research funding of up to $100,000 with other benefits attached.

Application Deadline: October 27 2021


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  • A two-year term in a CIFAR research program, a global, interdisciplinary network of top-tier research leaders.
  • $100,000 CAD in unrestricted research support
  • Mentorship from a senior researcher within a CIFAR research program
  • Opportunities to network, collaborate and form a community with peers from diverse disciplines across CIFAR’s research programs
  • Specialized leadership and communication skills training, and support to put your skills into action.


To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • Hold a PhD (or equivalent). 
  • Be employed at an institution of higher education or research and be within the first five years of starting a full-time research position that includes responsibility for both conducting an independent research program and supervising/teaching trainees toward their completion of a degree. 
  • Typically, you are an Assistant Professor (or the equivalent in other academic systems). 
  • Your position must be secure for the duration of the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar active term (to March 31, 2024). 
  • Your start date in this position must be no earlier than July 1, 2017. Note that special consideration may be given to those who have taken parental leave or those with exceptional circumstances. 
  • If you have a pending first full-time position that meets the criteria above and starts no later than July 1, 2022, you are eligible to apply. In this case, you must submit a copy of your letter of appointment with your application.
  • NOTE: Postdoctoral fellows are NOT eligible to apply to this program.
  • Engage in research that complements or contributes to the themes and goals of an eligible CIFAR research program (see page 5). 
  • Demonstrate an outstanding level of research achievement and promise of future impact in your field, as evidenced by the quality of your publications, awards received, and statements by referees.
  • Be interested in engaging across disciplines, as well as sectors beyond academia, to enrich and extend the impact of your research. 
  • Be available to attend a virtual interview between March 21-23, 2022. 
  • Have a valid passport, and if required, be able to obtain travel visas to attend CIFAR meetings in Canada and other countries around the world (2-4 times per year).
  • Be fluent in spoken and written English.

NOTE: Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible to apply.

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Application Instructions

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CIFAR accepts CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar applications annually. This year’s application cycle opens on September 1, 2021. Applications must be submitted online.

About the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars join a CIFAR research program for two years, interacting within a global network of internationally renowned researchers pursuing a fundamental research question.

In the setting of twice-yearly program meetings, held in cities across Canada and in other parts of the world (or virtually as travel restrictions dictate), CIFAR’s programs bridge disciplines, develop a common language, and regularly spark collaboration and inspiration that lead to new research directions and fields of inquiry.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

  • SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 Call for applications opens.
  • OCTOBER 27, 2021 Application deadline 11:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7)
  • BY JANUARY 25, 2022 Shortlisted finalists are notified and invited to attend a virtual interview. All other applicants will be notified after the finalists have confirmed their attendance.
  • MARCH 21-23, 2022 The Selection Committee interviews the shortlisted finalists via Zoom. 
  • BY MARCH 31, 2022 Finalists are notified of the competition results.
  • APRIL 2022 Virtual orientation meeting for the new cohort.
  • MAY 2022 CIFAR publicly announces the 2022 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars.
  • FALL 2022 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars annual meeting with special all-cohort assembly.

The application review and selection process:

  1. Basic Eligibility: CIFAR ensures all applications meet basic eligibility requirements. 
  2. Application Review: A sub-committee of CIFAR Fellows and/or Advisors is assembled for each eligible CIFAR research program. These committees review and assess the applicants to their program based on three criteria: 
  3. i) research excellence, 
  4. ii) potential to contribute to the program by adding new and diverse perspectives and approaches that build on or complement existing membership, and 

iii) leadership potential (both within and outside of academia). Each program selection committee recommends up to 5 shortlisted finalists who will be invited to attend a virtual interview.

  1. Final Selection: CIFAR invites the shortlisted finalists to attend a virtual interview between March 21- 23, 2022. Interviews will be conducted by an independent and diverse committee of academic researchers and experienced leaders in areas such as policy, communications and leadership development. 

The Selection Committee evaluates candidates’ communication skills, capacity and desire to engage with peers across disciplines, and potential for leadership and impact. This committee provides their scores and recommendations to CIFAR for the new cohort of CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars. 

NOTE: The interview schedule will be developed after the shortlisted finalists have been identified. Candidates must be available on all three dates until notified of their place in the schedule. 

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