Scholar program

The Michael Smith Health Research BC Scholar Program supports early-career health researchers who are building leading-edge health research programs, training the next generation of scientists and expanding their potential to make significant contributions to their field.

The Scholar Program is one of Health Research BC’s flagship funding opportunities. Since 2001, we’ve granted more than 460 Scholar awards to develop, attract and retain BC’s best and brightest health researchers and support the advancement of world-class health research in BC.

  • This competition is


  • Important Dates

  • Webinar

    November 10, 2021, 10:00 a.m PT

  • Letter of Intent Deadline

    December 06, 2021, 4:30 p.m PT

  • Full application deadline

    February 28, 2022, 4:30 p.m PT

  • Anticipated notice of funding decision

    June 2022

  • Anticipated start of funding

    July 01, 2022

  • Award Term

    5 years

  • Award Amount

    $90,000/annum for salary support

Program details

  • Identifies and develops outstanding BC health researchers who are within five years of the start of their first institutional appointment as an independent investigator.
  • Helps researchers start and develop new programs of research.
  • Protects researchers’ time to conduct research, develop an independent research career, attract additional research funding, and train the next generation of researchers.

Partnered awards are
available for this program!

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Applicants must:

  • Have a PhD, or equivalent, and commit to a minimum of 75 percent of their time conducting research.
  • Hold or have a commitment for an appointment at a BC institution that holds a memorandum of understanding with Health Research BC.
  • Be within six years of the start of their first university appointment.

How to apply

Applications to our funding competitions are coordinated through Health Research BC's ApplyNet, our online grants management system that allows users to manage their entire award lifecycle, from application submission to post-award monitoring.

Log in to ApplyNet:

Learn more about Health Research BC ApplyNet
View the Health Research BC ApplyNet quick start guides

Application resources

2022 Guidelines


2022 Evaluation Criteria


2022 Conditions of Award


2022 Uploads Instructions


Sample PDFs

2022 Sample Letter of Intent


2022 Sample Dean Form


2022 Sample Department Head Form


2022 Sample Full Application



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Fostering health research capacity

As a funding agency with a provincial mandate, we recognize the importance of fostering health research capacity in all regions. Additionally, we’re working to increase applications from around the province, including the north, Interior, Fraser Valley, and Vancouver Island, to support research of importance to those communities and train tomorrow’s researchers to strengthen health research capacity across the province. For this competition we are implementing process changes to identify and remove barriers to success for applicants from around the province, including:

  • Revising peer review processes and evaluation criteria to ensure applications from across BC are reviewed fairly and equitably.
  • Recruiting peer reviewers from underrepresented regions and institutions in BC and from smaller institutions outside of BC.
  • Working with Health Research BC partners to proactively identify partnership opportunities for fundable applications from regions and institutions outside of the Lower Mainland.