2019 Health System Impact Fellowship

MSFHR is partnering with CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) on its Health System Impact Fellowship Program to support the development of BC’s health policy research talent and build capacity for the integration of policy research into decision-making.

The Health System Impact Fellowship Program provides PhD trainees and post-doctoral fellows studying health services and policy or related fields with a paid experiential learning opportunity within health system organizations including health authorities, as they apply their research and analytic talents to specific health policy challenges faced by their hosts. The Fellows also benefit from professional development opportunities, participation in a national cohort, mentorship with health system and academic leaders, and protected time for academic research.

Following the success of the 2018 partnership which enabled 13 new Fellows to be awarded in BC, MSFHR is partnering with CIHR again to increase the number of funded researchers working within BC health system organizations, pool resources to reduce duplication in the system, and build capacity for the integration of policy research into decision-making.

2019 competition information

2018 BC Health System Impact Fellows


Who should apply

Trainees who are enrolled full-time in a doctoral degree and studying health services and policy research or related fields for their doctoral training at Canadian CIHR eligible institution by the application deadline (stream 1).

Trainees who have obtained their doctoral degree in health services and policy research or related fields no more than five years prior to the application deadline, or who have completed their PhD requirements by the start date of the award (stream 2).

Matched funding and host organizations

For BC applicants, MSFHR and CIHR will contribute up to a maximum of 70% of the total award value and applicants must secure the remaining 30% from their host partner organization.

The BC instutions participating as host partner organizations include the below. Additional organizations will continue to be added over the coming months. A full list of host partner organizations is available here.

  • BC Centre for Disease Control
  • BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions
  • BC Ministry of Health
  • Child Health BC
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers & The Canadian Health Services and Policy Research Alliance (CHSPRA)
  • Victoria Hospice & Island Health

If you are a BC health system organization with a policy challenge, please contact Muneerah Kassam to discuss how a 2019 Health System Impact Fellow could help. The BC institutions and projects supported through the 2018 competition are available here.

Award details

The maximum amount per doctoral award is $50,000 per year for a maximum of 1 year (including $5,000 professional development training and research allowance).

The maximum amount per post-doctoral award is $155,000 total for 2 years (including $7,500 per year professional development training and research allowance).

Key dates

  • Applications open: December 17, 2018
  • Information webinar: January 10, 2019, 9 a.m. PST
  • Full application deadline: April 2, 2019
  • Anticipated notice of funding decision: July 18, 2019
  • Anticipated start of funding: September 1, 2019

Further information, guidelines and details on how to apply can be found on ResearchNet.

In 2017, MSFHR made a decision to put its Health Policy Fellowship Program on hold and partner with CIHR on the new Health System Impact Fellowship. By partnering with CIHR, the aim was to meet the goals of the Health Policy Fellowship while leveraging federal funds to BC to support the development of health policy research talent and the uptake of evidence to inform planning, policy, and practice.