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Apply for an Academic Scholarship (General)
Application deadline is Friday, December 15, 2017
Two Academic Scholarships will be awarded to student applicants in each track:
- Basic Sciences
- Clinical Sciences
- Epidemiology and Public Health*
- Social Sciences
Scholarships recipients will receive:
- Round-trip economy airfare
- Complimentary hotel accommodation (up to three nights)
- Complimentary conference registration
Students must apply for scholarships at the time of abstract submission. If you are interested in applying for an Academic Scholarship, please select “Yes” in the Scholarship section of the abstract submission site. Scholarship applications are accepted from individuals from across Canada.
Proof of student status is required to be eligible. Applicants who do not send in their proof of student status by Friday, December 15, 2017 will not be considered. Proof of student status consists of a copy of a student ID or a letter from the educational institution’s registrar verifying student status for an Academic Scholarship.
Academic scholarship applicants will be notified in early February 2018 of the status of their application.
History of the Academic Scholarships
The CAHR 2018 Academic Scholarships in the Epidemiology & Public Health stream have been named in honour of Dr. Robert S. Remis who passed away on September 25, 2014.
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Apply for a New Investigator Award
Application deadline is Friday, December 15, 2017
Students and recent graduates (with less than 5 years since graduation) are eligible to apply for the New Investigator Award during abstract submission. A total of five (5) New Investigator Awards will be given at CAHR 2018; one to each of the four traditional tracks (basic, clinical, social, epidemiology and public health), and an additional award to a presenter in the Key Populations category. Applicants will be reviewed during their presentation, and the recipient announced on the final day of the Conference. The recipient will receive a $1,000 prize.
Applicants must apply for the New Investigator Award at the time of abstract submission. If you are interested in applying for the award, please select “Yes” in the New Investigator Award section of the abstract submission site. Please note that an applicant cannot win this award more than once but two applicants are permitted to share the award.
To be eligible, students and recent graduates must supply a letter from the applicant’s supervisor stating that they are responsible for the work done on the abstract. Students also need to provide proof of student status and recent graduates need to confirm which institution and what date they graduated.
Applicants who do not send in their documentation by the deadline will not be considered.
Proof of student status consists of copy of a student ID or a letter from the educational institution’s registrar verifying student status. View CAHR’s policy on proof of student status here. Send relevant documents to the Conference Secretariat.
History of the Awards
Each year since 1992, CAHR has given out investigator awards to recognize promising new researchers from each of the association’s four tracks. Three of the four awards have been named in honour of particular individuals: Basic Sciences, Kalpesh Oza (died June 4, 1995); Clinical Sciences, Brian Farlinger (died July 3, 1995); and Epidemiology and Public Health Sciences, Randy Coates (died September 26, 1991). Many of the New Investigator awardees have continued to make significant contributions to HIV/AIDS research.
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Apply for a Community Scholarship
Community involvement has been a hallmark of health research and action on HIV/AIDS from the beginning of the epidemic and plays a vital role at the annual CAHR Conference. In recognition of this important role, and thanks to the generous support of sponsors, CAHR will be offering 80 Community Registration Scholarships and 5 Community Travel Awards for CAHR 2018. Detailed information on the Community Registration Scholarship and Community Travel Awards application and selection process, as well as the link to the online application can be found below.
CAHR will be offering 80 Community Registration Scholarships for CAHR 2018. Scholarship recipients will receive complimentary Conference registration. All other costs (travel, accommodation, child care) involved with the recipient’s participation at CAHR 2018 will not be covered.
CAHR will also be offering 5 Community Travel Awards for CAHR 2018. Travel Awards recipients will receive the following:
- Return economy class airfare to Vancouver
- Reimbursement for ground transportation to/from the airport
- Three nights’ accommodation at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver
- Complimentary Conference registration
- Please note that no other expenses are covered by the Community Travel Awards
Please note that only the recipients of a Community Registration Scholarships and Community Travel Awards will be offered free registration to the Conference. All others will be required to pay the full Researcher Rate ($700).
- Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or resident of Canada
- Applicants must be living with HIV/AIDS and/or those working or volunteering in any field related to HIV/AIDS (priority will be given to those living with HIV/AIDS)
The priority areas for adjudication are:
- Demonstration that the applicant has a strong connection to the HIV community in Canada: those living with HIV/AIDS and/or those working or volunteering in any field related to HIV/AIDS (priority will be given to those living with HIV/AIDS)
- Demonstration that the applicant will actively participate in the conference
- Demonstration that the applicant can show tangible benefits from attending the conference and will share the knowledge gained with a larger at risk community or organization after the meeting
All information on this form is treated as confidential and is protected.
Information provided in this application form will be used for the sole purpose of administering the Community Registration Scholarship program. Completed applications will be received and processed by Conference staff in the Conference Secretariat and CAHR Office. The Community Registration Scholarship Selection Committee — comprised of community peers — will receive and review copies of applications through a “blinded” review process that removes the names and identifying information from the application.
Personal information is collected and used solely for the purpose of selecting applicants according to selection criteria targeting specific priority groups of vulnerable or marginalized persons (e.g. Persons Living with HIV/AIDS, Indigenous identification, youth, etc.).
Applications that are not accepted will be deleted from the application database and any print outs destroyed (secure shredding) within 30 days after the Conference. Approved applications will be retained on file in the CAHR Office in accordance with existing laws and regulations for this purpose.
Applications will be sent to the Community Registration Scholarship Selection Committee in a blinded process (names will be removed). The CAHR Community Scholarship Selection Committee includes experienced community members from across Canada and the host city/province. In order to avoid any perceived or real conflict-of-interest, members of the Selection Committee are not eligible to receive a Community Registration Scholarship.
Every question on the application will be scored. Points will be awarded based solely on the information provided in the application. The 80 applications with the highest number of points will be awarded the Community Registration Scholarships. The top five (5) applications requesting travel support will be awarded a Community Travel Award.
Applicants are encouraged to ensure that their application is complete as information that is not provided may result in a lower score. The Community Registration Scholarship Selection Committee will review the final results to ensure that selection fulfills the criteria and priorities identified for supporting community attendance at the Conference.
All applicants will receive a notice of confirmation of receipt of their application. Incomplete applications may be rejected from further consideration.
Deadline for application is Friday, January 19, 2018.
CAHR thanks the following sponsors for their generous support to these scholarships: Innovative Medicines Canada; and CANOC (The Canadian HIV Observational Cohort Collaborative Research Centre).
Contact the CAHR 2017 Secretariat if you have any questions.
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