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Annual Fellowships

Since 1977, the Institute has offered Annual Fellowships to faculty members at the University of Calgary. Only full-time faculty are eligible to apply, although rank or tenure are not considered as criteria for eligibility.

Awards are given to support specific research projects. Typically, though not without exception, the projects can be completed within the year for which the fellowship is given. Success in the competition for fellowships is based on assessment of the scholarly record of the candidate and the quality of the research proposal. Assessment includes evaluation by scholars in other universities who serve as evaluators.

Annual Fellowships provide the recipient with release from a portion of their teaching obligations for an academic year. Fellows remain in residence at the University of Calgary. They do not receive a direct grant from the Institute. Rather, the home department of a Fellow receives funds to assist with release from teaching duties during the award.

For the duration of the award, Annual Fellows become members of the Institute and they are provided with an office and secretarial assistance. Annual Fellows thus form the nucleus of a centre of advanced research that changes in identity from year to year but it is ongoing because it is a community of active researchers whose work is deemed to be of high quality by their peers.

The Institute has created opportunities for concentrated periods of research and awarded more than 100 Annual Fellowships to University of Calgary scholars since 1977. Without such leave time, the scholarly output that is crucial to a university's mandate and that is a carefully considered element in hiring and promotion decisions would be substantially reduced. Annual Fellowships have been won by scholars from a wide range of disciplines including: anthropology, archaeology, art, classics, communication & culture, drama, education, English, French, geography, German, history, kinesiology, law, linguistics,  music, nursing, philosophy, political science, religious studies, slavic studies, sociology, social work, Spanish, and University archive studies.

Frances Spratt Graduate Student Fellowship

Graduate students in the final phase of their Ph.D. dissertation are eligible for this Fellowship, and the dissertation should involve a topic that reflects the academic mandate of the Institute as outlined on the Call for Applications.  The Graduate Student Fellow has an office and administrative support at the CIH, and they are full members of the community of scholars working at the Institute.

Undergraduate Student Fellowship - is not offered for 2014 - 2015

In 2006, CIH launched a Fellowship to support an undergraduate student doing research while resident at the Institute. The Undergraduate Student Fellow has an office and administrative support at the CIH, and they are full members of the community of scholars working at the Institute.

Visiting Research Fellowship

Applications are invited from scholars of established reputation and from younger scholars holding a doctorate or equivalent, for Visiting Research Fellowships at the Institute. The Fellowships are tenable at the Institute from four months to one year. Assistance offered beyond Honorary Fellow status is at present modest, consisting of secretarial support and a workspace in an active research environment.

Awards are primarily intended for scholars on sabbatical or release-time leaves to provide the opportunity for a research visit to the Institute. 

Visiting Research Fellowships link the University of Calgary with scholars from around the world. Visitors bring their expertise to Calgary, while at the same time creating avenues for further collaboration between University of Calgary scholars and researchers from the visitor's home institution. To date, the Visiting Research Fellowship Program has attracted scholars from as close to home as the University of Lethbridge and as far afield as Spain, Austria, Poland, the U.K., New Zealand, Azerbijan, Korea, and China.

    Postdoctoral Fellowship

    Not Currently Available for a CIH Fellowship award, but please see the Postdoctoral Scholar position for the History of Medicine - below.

    Since 1978, the Institute offered Postdoctoral Fellowships to beginning scholars in the humanities.

    The purpose of these fellowships was to provide an opportunity for new scholars who have recently completed doctoral studies to pursue their chosen areas of scholarly research further.  Regrettably, in 2003 and for budgeting reasons, this program is frozen.

    Since 1978, nearly 50 talented and promising new scholars were able to continue their work through the Institute's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

    Postdoctoral Scholar position

    Area:          History of Medicine (history of neuroscience & psychiatry)

    Duration:     2 Years (potential for 3 year)
    Start Date:   September l, 2014
    Salary:         Commensurate with Experience

    The Department of Community Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Neuroscience & Psychiatry for a research project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

    Job Description:

    The UofC has an active research and educational community in the wider field of the science studies (programs

    in the History of Medicine and Health Care, History and Philosophy of Science, as well as Science and Technology Studies). The successful applicant will work with a team of historians and science scholars based in the Faculty of Medicine with strong links to the Faculties of   Arts/Science/Nursing, the Calgary Institute for the Humanities, the Hotchkiss Brain Institute,and the Institute for Public Health. The applicant will help to advance the groups' historiographical research program and engage with (inter)national collaborators to examine the impact of emigres physicians and researchers in North American neuroscience. The research program is aligned with  current work to investigate the impact of the forced migration of German-speaking emigre psychiatrists, neurologists and basic brain researchers in Canada and the USA (see:

    The successful candidate will teach 1course per term in an area related to the History of Medicine/History/History and Philosophy of Science and contribute 40% of her/his time to research, data­ banking, and publication activities of the research program. Participation in the ongoing seminars and lecture series of the program is also required. All other time, she/he can devote to her/his grant-writing activities, publications, and collaborations.


    Applications are invited from recent PhD graduates (<3 years from degree) in history/sociology/STS/ philosophy/anthropology/classics with a demonstrated background in history of medicine/science/neuroscience and interest in the subject of the local research program. International applications are likewise strongly encouraged .Data-banking experience and additional knowledge of German, Hebrew, Polish, or French is appreciated; and demonstrated experiences with oral history methodology would be an advantage.

    Application details:

    Review of applications will begin April-30,2014 continuing until successful recruitment (anticipated start date: Sept-1,2014). Applicants should submit a CV, a cover letter with statement of research experience, 2 writing samples (articles or books chapters), a brief outline of personal research interests along with 2 reference letters to:

    Dr. Frank W.Stahnlsch, Associate  Professor 
    AMF/Hannah Professorship in the History of Medicine and Health Care
    Department of Community Health Sciences & Department of History
    TRW Building, Room 3E41, 3280 Hospital Drive NW Calgary,AB, Canada T2N 4Z6

     Email applications  (with all supporting materials) are preferred. Applicants wishing more information are encouraged to contact Dr. Frank W. Stahnisch  ( or Mrs. Beth Cusitar (

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