Applications open: 2020 Health System Impact Fellowship competition (in partnership with CIHR)

20 December 2019

MSFHR is partnering with CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) on its 2020 Health System Impact Fellowship to support the development of BC’s health policy research talent. The application deadline is July 2, 2020*.

The CIHR Health System Impact Fellowship provides PhD trainees and post-doctoral fellows in health services or policy related fields with a paid experiential learning opportunity within health system organizations, and builds capacity for the integration of policy research into decision-making.

Offered in partnership with MSFHR, the program is a great opportunity for BC organizations to benefit from the research and analytic talents of a Health System Impact Fellow to address a specific health policy challenge. For researchers, it is an opportunity to apply their research expertise and develop their skills in a health policy environment over a one or two-year period (for doctoral and post-doctoral streams respectively) in organizations such as the BC Centre for Disease Control, BC Patient Safety & Quality Council and BC Ministry of Health.

2020 Health System Impact Fellowship application information

BC had great success in the 2019 competition. MSFHR co-funding supported six Fellows, enabling a total of 11 to be placed in BC organizations to address pressing health policy issues in our province.

The six MSFHR-funded Fellows are working on policy challenges such as evaluating the response to British Columbia’s overdose crisis and assessing air quality in northern British Columbia.

BC’s 2019 Health System Impact Fellows

In 2017, MSFHR made a decision to put its Health Policy Fellowship Program on hold and partner on CIHR’s Health System Impact Fellowship. This allows MSFHR to support more BC Fellows through partnership, reduce duplication in the system, and build capacity for the integration of policy research into decision-making, one of the goals of our Health Policy Fellowship Program.

The 2020 Health System Impact Fellowship competition is now open for applications. If you are a health researcher with an interest in applying your skills to a local health policy issue, or a BC health system organization with a health policy challenge, you can find further information here.

Key dates:

Key dates:

  • Information Webinar: January 15, 2020
  • Application deadline: July 2, 2020
  • Anticipated NOD: TBD*
  • Anticipated start date: September 1, 2020

*Please refer to the CIHR competition page for the most up-to-date information on this competition.