ARTC Awards

The Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU) is a multidisciplinary research and facilitation unit dedicated to supporting patient-oriented health services research and decision-making in the Maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. 

Purpose

MSSU-ARTC Student Awards are designed for Nova Scotia (NS), New Brunswick (NB), or Prince Edward Island (PEI) -based individuals wishing to pursue advanced thesis-based training in applied health services research through the Atlantic Regional Training Centre (ARTC).

Scope

Research supported must be patient-oriented, i.e. research considering patient interests and needs (the minimum unit of analysis is the patient). Research may be in the areas of biomedical science, health services and systems research, or research on the cultural, social, and environmental determinants of population health. Studies that provide information to help people make informed healthcare decisions are relevant.

The student must be under the supervision of at least one researcher (i.e. supervisor) who has an academic appointment at an ARTC-affiliated university in the Maritimes.

Eligibility

To be eligible, the student or trainee (principal applicant) must:

  • Propose original research which is directly relevant to the health of Maritimers and the goals and objectives of the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit
  • At the time of application, be in the process of applying to, or be accepted into, an ARTC Master’s or PhD program offered in NS, NB or PEI (note: programs that require a major research project or practicum are not considered thesis-based programs), and be under the supervision of a researcher (supervisor) conducting research in the Maritimes and holding an academic appointment at a NS, NB or PEI university or institution (e.g. medical training programs, regional health authorities’ hospitals)
  • For the tenure of the award, be registered in an ARTC program at a university or college in NS, NB or PEI offering graduate training, and reside in NS, NB or PEI
  • If students are working full time, they must demonstrate that they have a reasonable work plan for their proposed research activities

Tenure and Value of Award

MSSU-ARTC Student Awards are offered annually, subject to availability of funding. MSSU will offer awards as shown in each of the categories listed below: 

  • PhD Studentship: 1 year tenure; up to a maximum of $24,500/yr
  • Master’s Studentship: 1 year tenure; up to a maximum of $18,000/yr

While successful candidates can hold this award concurrently with other awards, total funding, including other awards and baseline funding, cannot exceed the amounts above.

Eligibility

To be eligible, the student or trainee (principal applicant) must:

  • Propose original research which is directly relevant to the health of Maritimers and the goals and objectives of the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit
  • At the time of application, be in the process of applying to, or be accepted into, a full time thesis-based graduate university or college program offered in Nova Scotia (NS) or Prince Edward Island (PEI) (note: programs that require a major research project or practicum are not considered thesis-based programs), and be under the supervision of a researcher (supervisor) conducting research in the Maritimes and holding an academic appointment at a NS or PEI university or institution (e.g. medical training programs, regional health authorities, hospitals)
  • For the tenure of the award, be registered at a university or college in NS or PEI offering graduate training, and reside in NS or PEI (note: Post-Doctoral fellows cross appointed to a NS or PEI Health Authority may also apply)
  • If students are working full time, they must demonstrate that they have a reasonable work plan for their proposed research activities

Application Process

Please complete the online application and include the details required. 

  • Applications must be received by 4:00 pm Atlantic Daylight Time, January 31, 2017
  • Late or incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.

    Guidelines for Application

    The application package must include the following:

    1. Completed applicant information form (here) with the following attached: 
      1. Curriculum vitae (including education, employment, published papers/abstracts, honors/awards).
      2. A copy of all university transcripts (undergraduate, graduate).
      3. Curriculum vitae of the applicant’s supervisor.
      4. Details of any additional funding you may hold or is available to you, including amount of funding, source of funding, and date funding expires (max 1 page, single-spaced, 12-point font and 1-inch margins).
      5. Description of research project and training program (max 3½ pages single-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins) that includes the following headings:
        • Project Title and Description (max 1 page)
        • Training Program and Career Goals (max 1 page)
        • Alignment with MSSU Goals and Objectives (max 1 page)
        • Description of how the proposed research qualifies as patient-oriented research (max ½ page)
    2. Letters of reference from two individuals familiar with applicant’s research experience/potential (these can be electronically forwarded directly to email address listed). Letter of reference forms are available here.

      For further information, please contact: info@mssu.ca