PHIRN: Population Health Improvement Research Network

Phirn Doctoral Student Awards of $4,000 to Support Ontario Students in Population Health

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HappyThe Population Health Improvement Research Network (PHIRN) is pleased to announce its new competition to support doctoral-level students conducting research on population health in Ontario. Ten awards of $4,000 each will be awarded. The purpose of these awards is to provide financial assistance to doctoral students in their final years of study to help them complete their research on population health equity or population health interventions in Ontario (see PHIRN’s website at for examples of research in this area).


We are particularly, but not only, interested in supporting doctoral research addressing any of the following issues:


Modeling tools to predict impact (health outcomes and costs/cost savings) of population health interventions;

Low cost community based interventions;

Strategies for the Ontario Government to reduce health inequities; Success stories of lowering health inequities;

Areas of health inequity over which the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care can have the greatest positive impact, or most influence, on health outcomes;

The economic impact of reducing inequalities on healthcare system budgets growth; Influencing individual health behaviours to decrease health inequalities.

Criteria for application

  • Students must be in their third year, or above, of doctoral studies in a university in Ontario. Thesis supervisors are required to certify this status on the application form.
  • Students must submit their curriculum vitae with their application form.
  • Students must complete the application form (below), detailing how their doctoral research relates to population health equity or population health interventions in Ontario and demonstrating how the $4,000 awarded will be spent.


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Funding can be used only to cover costs associated with doctoral research, such as software, research travel, transcription, participant honorarium, data access, statistical advice, etc., and costs related to attending, or participating in, a conference in your area of research (e.g. conference registration fee, travel, and accommodation), the latter of which should be no more than half of the total amount. Students cannot use any portion of the award to compensate themselves.


Application process and deadline

Students must submit their completed and signed application form, along with their curriculum vitae, by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The deadline for submission of applications is Monday, 17 January 2011.

Last Updated ( Monday, 20 December 2010 14:18 )  

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