Trainee Funding

Meakins Studentship and Fellowship Competitions

The Meakins-Christie Laboratories offers competitive Summer Studentships, Graduate (MSc/PhD) Studentships, and Postdoctoral Fellowships to current and prospective trainees. Please check back frequently for any new opportunities.


Collaborative Research Award Competition: CLOSED

The Meakins-Christie Laboratories will consider the provision of graduate studentship (MSc or PhD ) or postdoctoral fellowship (PDF ) support to meritorious candidates who are working on collaborative research projects involving at least two principal investigators. One investigator must have an appointment at the Meakins-Christie Laboratories, while the second investigator must have an appointment at the Meakins-Christie Laboratories or at the Respiratory Epidemiology and Clinical Research Unit (RECRU). Both supervisors must be recognized researchers within the Translational Research in Respiratory Diseases (RESP) Program. 

Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their academic performance, research experience, publications, letters of recommendation, and career objectives, as well as the proposed research project.

The competition is launched every JANUARY. Awards are retroactive from September of the year before.

Travel Awards: OPEN

Travel award applications can be submitted anytime throughout the year at least 3 weeks before the expected meeting date. Please submit completed applications to Maria Makroyanni at EM3.2219. In order to receive a travel award, a trainee must be 1st author/presenting author. For travel awards to attend the annual American Thoracic Society (ATS) conference, there is no limit to the number of awards one lab may apply for. For all other scientific conferences, there will be a maximum of 1 travel award per laboratory per year.

Summer Studentship Competition: CLOSED

The summer studentship is meant to support primarily undergraduate students to perform short summer research projects under the supervision of Meakins or RECRU faculty. The award pays for part of a summer student’s stipend. The value of the award is up to 1,500$ per month for a maximum of 2 months. Value of award may change due to availability of funds. The remainder of the stipend is expected to be covered by the supervisor. Only one trainee, per supervisor, per competition can be awarded. The aim of the award is to attract bright students to complete summer research projects and to hopefully encourage them to pursue graduate studies. Reviewers assess academic performance, the research proposal, and the letter of recommendation.