Notice of upcoming funding opportunity: JDRF-SCN National Fellowship Program in Type 1 Diabetes

JDRF Canada and Canada’s Stem Cell Network are pleased to announce the JDRF-SCN National Fellowship Program in Type 1 Diabetes, a new opportunity for high-calibre postdocs from across Canada with expertise in stem cells, regenerative medicine, immunology or related fields to join the JDRF Centre of Excellence at the University of British Columbia (UBC) to pursue research focused on treating and curing type 1 diabetes (T1D).

JDRF Centres of Excellence provide a research funding model that fosters highly dynamic, nimble work to drive discovery with maximum speed. In contrast to conventional research grants, a Centre of Excellence brings together a large team of experts from diverse fields – and recruits new talent – to accelerate T1D advances through a collaborative approach. The JDRF Centre of Excellence at UBC launching this winter, will be one of five JDRF Centres internationally, each with well-defined research goals in the field of T1D.

The objective of the JDRF-SCN National Fellowship Program in Type 1 Diabetes is to recruit promising new scientists from across Canada, with an interest in pursuing T1D research, including stem cell and regenerative medicine approaches, to join the JDRF Centre of Excellence at UBC as a postdoctoral Fellow. One fellowship will be awarded through the program each year from 2022 to 2026.  Fellowships are one year in duration and must be undertaken at UBC as part of the Centre team.

Eligible applicants must hold an MD, DMD, DVM, PhD, or equivalent from an accredited institution by June 1, 2022, granted no more than five years before the application deadline. There are no citizenship requirements for this program, but applicants must be legally permitted to reside and work in Canada.

The application process for the 2022 competition officially launches on January 15, 2022 and interested candidates must submit their application through SCN’s ProposalCentral portal by 17:00 ET on April 15, 2022. A research proposal is not required as part of the application package. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to perform rotations in different labs within the Centre of Excellence   and will be offered a choice of possible supervisors and projects. A grant of $60,000 will be awarded to the successful applicant, of which up to $10,000 can be used for materials and supplies directly related to the fellowship research project.

Increasing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in research environments enhances excellence, innovation and creativity. JDRF Canada and the Stem Cell Network are committed to excellence through EDI, and we encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply to this funding opportunity.

Anticipated timeline:

Launch of Request for Applications: January 15, 2022

Application deadline: April 15, 2022 at 17:00 ET

Funding decision: July 4, 2022

Latest fellowship start date in Vancouver: Sept 15, 2022

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