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NOTE: Our sponsor, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, will no longer be funding our program effective April 1, 2015. As our program will be winding down we are no longer accepting applications, effective August 2014.

Post-doctoral fellows who have base funding from another source are welcome to apply to the Bridge Program for top-up funding and supplementary research training linking the health, engineering and policy realms. Top-up funding is typically in the form of a $15,000 salary stipend and $5,000 for expenses related to research and research-related travel.

Successful applicants are designated "Bridge CIHR Strategic Training Fellows".

Post-doctoral classification: UBC Policy on Postdoctoral Fellows limits that classification to individuals starting Postdoctoral Fellowships within three years of being awarded PhDs.

Start Date: The first day of Bridge courses (attended by all Bridge fellows including post-doctoral fellows) is in the week following Labour Day in September.

Program requirements: Obligations that all funded Bridge Fellows are required to fulfill are listed under OVERVIEW > Program Intro and Requirements.

Application Process

Post-doctoral Fellows must have an academic home in one of the 8 participating academic units, but apply directly to the Bridge Program. Required application documents include the following:

  1. Application Form: Download a copy of the Bridge Program Application Form and please submit this as Word Document only.
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. 3 confidential reference letters
  4. Letter of Intent outlining:  
  • Basis for interest in the program
  • Plans for integrating Bridge training into research career
  • Research or professional experience
  • Scholarships, fellowships, and other awards received
  • Publications and other contributions to research and development 
  • Evidence of base post-doctoral funding from national, regional or international granting agencies or from their disciplinary department.

All application materials should be emailed to the Bridge Program Manager. Incomplete applications or applications received after 4:30pm on the March 3rd deadline will not be considered.

Admissions Committee

Admissions decisions are made by the Admissions Committee shortly after the application deadline. The Committee includes

  • a minimum of three Bridge faculty mentors (representing each of the three core areas);
  • at least one practitioner who is an adjunct, clinical, or associated faculty member; and
  • one representative of the Fellows.

For more information about the Committee, please refer to PEOPLE > Committees.

Information and Orientation for Postdoctoral Fellows at UBC

The Office of the Vice-President of Research at UBC has set up a Postdoctoral Fellows Program to provide information for the postdoctoral community at the university.

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