Research Fellowship

The Centre on Aging has several funding opportunities that are meant to encourage the furthering of studies in aging and gerontology. These have been made available through gifts and donations made to the Centre on Aging.

Research Fellowship 2020–2021

Applications for 2020–2021 Research Fellowship award is now closed.

Nature of Support

The Centre on Aging Research Fellowship is designed to support aging-related research in any discipline. The Research Fellowship is open to all University of Manitoba faculty members. An $11,000 stipend is available. The Fellowship is only available to individual faculty members conducting their own research. It is not available to research teams.

The stipend will typically be used for teaching release for up to nine credit hours of teaching or equivalent. Funds can also be used as a research grant for costs directly related to the proposed research project, or as a combination of teaching release and research grant funds.

Highest priority for funding will be given to new researchers who do not yet have stable funding for their aging-related research; and established researchers for whom aging-related research represents a new research direction.
The research topic must be aging-related. See Aging research definition.

Conditions of award

It is expected that the successful applicant will participate in Centre on Aging activities and will become a Research Affiliate of the Centre (or maintain their Research Affiliate status). They will also be required to present their research findings at the Spring Research Symposium or at a Centre sponsored public seminar.

A final written report describing the research accomplishments during the period of the Fellowship must be submitted by July 1, 2021. It is expected that the Centre on Aging’s support is acknowledged in publications and conference presentations arising from the supported research.

Aging terminology

The Centre on Aging expects the use of appropriate and respectful language when describing older adults. Refer to the Gerontological Society of America's (GSA) "Reframing Aging Journal Manuscript Guidelines."

Aging research definition

For the purposes of the student awards, the research should focus on some aspect of the aging process or study older participants/subjects. Studying diseases as the focus, even if that disease commonly occurs in older people, might make the application ineligible for funding.

Research fellowship facts and figures

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    Recipients

    Awarded 37 faculty recipients since 1997

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    Funding awarded

    Over $350,000 awarded since 1997

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    Faculties represented

    Recipients represent 9 diverse faculties

Summary: Application Process

Interested University of Manitoba faculty should first review the Research Fellowship guidelines.

  1. The Research Fellowship application is a fillable form. Download and save the form to your computer. Attach the completed form as an attachment with your application package.
  • Send an electronic copy of the application package and email the application to Nicole Dunn, Associate Director. The application must include:
  • the original completed Research Fellowship application form;
  • a three-page research proposal written in a language that allows all members of the selection committee, who may not be specialists in the applicant’s field, to have a clear understanding of its scope and nature.
  • financial data including a budget summary and budget justification
  • a statement of how the applicant will contribute to, and participate in, Centre on Aging activities (maximum 300 words).
  1. Submit all supporting documents and application form must be submitted to Nicole Dunn (Nicole.Dunn@umanitoba.ca) at the Centre on Aging by October 18, 2019 at 4 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applicants who wish to use the Research Fellowship (in full or in part) in the form of teaching release must obtain a confidential letter from his or her Department Head to be submitted electronically to Dr. Michelle Porter, Director, Centre on Aging.

Applicants who wish to receive the Research Fellowship (in full or in part) in the form of a research grant must provide a budget and justification of budget items. Grants are provided only for costs directly related to the proposed research.

Research Fellowship guidelines

Application process

Applicants must submit one completed electronic copy to nicole.dunn@umanitoba.ca of:

  1. the original completed application form;
  2. a three-page research proposal written in a language that allows all members of the selection committee, who may not be specialists in the applicant’s field, to have a clear understanding of its scope and nature. It must outline:
  • the objectives of the research and the relationship of the research to existing research and literature;
  • the methods and procedures to be used and the resources that are required, with particular emphasis on those for which funding is requested;
  • the importance of the topic and its relevance to aging;
  • the applicant’s qualifications for conducting the research;
  • the publications and/or future grant applications expected to result from the research;
  • a timetable for the completion of the proposed research;
  • how this is a strategic new direction (if applicable);
  • the novelty of the project (applicant must demonstrate how this research is novel within your discipline and to the aging literature).
  1. financial data including a budget summary and budget justification (for research grant applications).
  2. a statement of how the applicant will contribute to, and participate in, Centre on Aging activities (maximum 300 words).

Teaching release

Applicants who wish to use the Research Fellowship (in full or in part) in the form of teaching release must obtain a confidential letter from his or her Department Head. The letter must indicate:

  • the applicant’s normal teaching load;
  • willingness to reduce the applicant’s teaching load in return for stipendiary replacement funds;
  • willingness to release the applicant from departmental committee and administrative duties; and,
  • a brief assessment of the applicant’s demonstrated and potential scholarly ability.
  • The Department Head must submit the letter electronically directly to the Director, Centre on Aging by email to michelle.porter@umanitoba.ca by October 18, 2019 by 4 p.m.

Applicants who wish to receive the Research Fellowship (in full or in part) in the form of a research grant must provide a budget and justification of budget items. Grants are provided only for costs directly related to the proposed research. Eligible costs include the following:

  • personnel (students, technicians);
  • materials, supplies and services;
  • equipment (if equipment is requested, the applicant must confirm that items are not available for use from the University);
  • publication costs; and
  • research related travel (not research dissemination, e.g., conference presentations).

Evaluation criteria

A committee struck by the Centre on Aging reviews applications. Decisions are based on the following criteria:

  • the significance of the proposed research;
  • the feasibility that the research can be completed or largely advanced during the Fellowship;
  • the likelihood of publications and/or funding from national granting agencies resulting from this work;
  • the research/scholarly/creative achievements of the applicant;
  • the novelty of the project (must demonstrate); and,
  • the fit with the Centre on Aging mandate.

In all cases, overriding factors in the evaluation are the quality and originality of the proposed research, as reflected in the research proposal. Stage of research career as well as career patterns and responsibilities will be taken into account.

Priorities

Highest priority for funding will be given to:

  • new researchers who do not yet have stable funding for their aging-related research; and
  • established researchers for whom aging-related research represents a new research direction.

Conditions of award

It is expected that the successful applicant will participate in Centre on Aging activities and will become a Research Affiliate of the Centre or maintain their Research Affiliate status. They will also be required to present their research findings at the Spring Research Symposium or at a Centre-sponsored public seminar.

A final written report describing the research accomplishments during the period of the Fellowship must be submitted by July 1, 2021. It is expected that the Centre on Aging’s support is acknowledged in publications and conference presentations arising from the supported research.

2020–2021 Research Fellowship recipient

Frederick A. Zeiler, BSc MD PhD CIP FRCSC, Assistant Professor, Section of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences is the 2020–2021 Research Affiliate recipient

Previous Research Fellowship recipients