Funded through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research—Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health (CIHR-IAPH), the PIKE-Net program links First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities and researchers at the provinces universities and supports health research capacity building for students and community researchers.
Since 2001, the CIHR funded ACADRE-NEAHR program at the University of Manitoba has supported the development of a new generation of health researchers. Under PIKE-Net the centre, in collaboration with our partnering universities and organizations, will continue to help build research capacity in Manitoba while fostering linkages in the field of Indigenous health.
We offer a variety of supports and opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in Indigenous health.
Our internship program allows students to explore Indigenous health issues through hands-on research experience under the direction of faculty members and community-based researchers. Undergraduate and graduate students are selected for the program during an annual competition each spring.
Graduate students at the Masters and PhD level may apply for one-year fellowships to help support their studies in Indigenous health. Applications are invited from part-time and full-time graduate students in all faculties/programs who research is in the area of Indigenous health. Priority is given to students enrolled in Manitoba programs and/or students whose research is primarily based in Manitoba or neighboring communities in Nunavut. Successful applicants must adhere to the Canadian Institute of Health Research guidelines regarding employment and holding concurrent fellowships/awards. Value: $17,000/$8,500 (full-time/part-time) for Masters, $20,000/$10,000 (full-time/part-time) for PhD. Award enhancements for students holding other major fellowships (e.g. CIHR, SSHRC) are also available (maximum of $3,000).
The PIKE-Net program helps support new faculty and recent doctoral graduates as they establish their research careers.
Building on the legacy of the ACADRE-NEAHR program, a two-day annual mentorship institute will be held at the end of August, hosted by one partner universities, on rotation. This symposium will bring mentors and mentees from both PIKE-Net and QESP programs, to discuss issues of common interest or concern, and develop new or expand existing skills. As part of this institute, program mentors will present on topics related to skill building for mentees at all academic levels. For example, how to do a literature review for undergraduate students or grant writing for post docs and new investigators. In addition, mentees will have the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from mentors, fellow mentees, and community members. These presentations will also be video-linked with international partners from the QESP and/or taped for later viewing.