Top Graduating Doctoral Student Award and Rising Star Award


The intent of this award is to recognize trainees that are outstanding role models, demonstrate research excellence, and contribute to the VCH Research Institute research environment. Participation at scientific conferences is an important activity in the development of a research career, this competition supports trainees to present at international conference (oral or poster). The award amounts are $2000 for a Top Graduating Doctoral Student Award and $1000 for a Rising Star Award.


  • Rising Star Award – applicants must be VCHRI trainees in a Master’s or PhD program or a Postdoctoral Fellow who’s supervisor is a VCHRI researcher.
  • Top Graduating Doctoral Student Award – applicants must PhD candidates graduating or submitting thesis between January 1st and December 31st 2021; applicant's supervisor must be a VCHRI researcher
  • Your application requires 3 minute presentation of your work on February 24th, 2021. This presentation must be in lay language (details available at:


  1. Registration for a presentation must take place by 4pm on Friday February 12, 2021
  2. Full Application must be received by 4pm on Tuesday March 16, 2021

Application Process 

  1. Please read the guidelines for the award completely - Award Guidelines 
  2. Register for presentation: (required for application)
  3. Complete the application:

Eligible expenses

  • Air (economy fare) and ground transportation to conference site
  • Accommodation
  • Conference registration
  • Cost of printing conference poster presentation (if applicable)
  • Meals

Contact Information

Amanda Chisholm, Senior Manager, Education and Funding Initiatives