CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program 2020-2022 for Early-career Researchers (up to $100,000 CAD)

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program 2020-2022 for Early-career Researchers (up to $100,000 CAD)

Deadline: February 5, 2020

Applications are open for the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program 2020. The program supports exceptional early-career researchers with funding, mentorship, a global network, and professional skills development.

The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides:

  • Interdisciplinary interactions: Pursuing the most exciting and important research questions requires scholars who can move beyond their own research areas to take a fresh look at a problem. CIFAR helps early-career researchers think and work outside their silos by facilitating dialogue between diverse disciplines and immersing them in our research programs for a truly enriching experience.
  • Leadership development: Excellent management and communication skills will be key to success in the demanding and competitive world of research. Through annual meetings of CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars from across CIFAR’s research programs, and additional learning experiences supported by the Love Family Leadership Development Fund, CIFAR designs one-on-one and peer-group training opportunities on themes related to the leadership development needs of Global Scholars.
  • Engagement in global communities: Tomorrow’s research leaders must understand how to engage with key stakeholders in their communities around the world, with government, industry, or the general public. CIFAR provides early-career researchers opportunities to refine the skills they develop, interacting with leaders both within and outside of academia.


Each CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar receives:

  • A two-year term in a CIFAR research program, a global, interdisciplinary network of top-tier research leaders
  • $100,000 CAD in unrestricted research support
  • Mentorship from a senior researcher within a CIFAR research program
  • Opportunities to network, collaborate and form a community with peers from diverse disciplines across CIFAR’s research programs
  • Specialized leadership and communication skills training, and support to put their skills into action, through participation in two cross-cohort annual meetings.


  • Applicants may be based anywhere in the world
  • Must hold a PhD (or equivalent) and be within the first five years of starting a full-time research position at an institution of higher education or research
  • Scholars’ research interests must complement or contribute to the themes and goals of an eligible CIFAR research program.
  • In 2020, the CIFAR research programs eligible to accept applications are:
    • Child & Brain Development
    • Learning in Machines & Brains
    • Quantum Information Science
    • Quantum Materials


Applications are submitted online and must include two to three letters of reference.

For more information, visit CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars.