Fellowships and Grants

This section features fellowships and grants the CRA feels will be of interest to members.

The Canadian Rheumatology Ultrasound Society (CRUS) Research Scholarship

Application submission deadline is October 31, 2024 by midnight EST.

The mission of the Canadian Rheumatology Ultrasound Society (CRUS) is to promote the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound research among early career Canadian rheumatologists.

It is our aim to foster research in the area of musculoskeletal ultrasound in order to provide an evidence-based framework for the clinical use of this technology. There is limited research in the field of musculoskeletal ultrasound in Canada. Limited accessibility to ultrasound and the lack of mentorship are some of the barriers preventing young rheumatologists from engaging in research in the field. To address these barriers, CRUS is offering a research scholarship designed to promote research projects using musculoskeletal ultrasound among rheumatologists in early stages of their career. Read more…

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Immuno-Oncology Clinical Fellowship

Application submission ongoing.

This fellowship will focus on the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and immuno-oncology. The specific objectives will include:

  1. To develop an approach to the diagnosis and management of cancer-associated arthropathies, paraneoplastic syndromes, as well as rheumatic immune-related adverse events (irAEs) secondary to checkpoint inhibitors and other cancer immunotherapies;
  2. To build collaboration and participate in multidisciplinary care (oncology, pathology, radiation oncology, radiology, dermatology) in the management of irAEs;
  3. To gain proficiency in the management of patients with complex RA using advanced therapeutics and non-pharmacological strategies
  4. To gain experience in the conduct of “real-world” observational studies through recruitment and monitoring of participants enrolled in the Canadian early ArThritis CoHort (CATCH) study, the Ontario Best Practices Research Initiative (OBRI) RA registry, and the Canadian Research Group of Rheumatology in Immuno-Oncology (CAN-RiO)

Full details can be found on the University of Toronto Department of Medicine Fellowships website here:


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

The Open Reform aims to contribute to a sustainable Canadian health research enterprise by supporting world-class researchers in the conduct of research and its translation across the full spectrum of health, and to ensure the reliability, consistency, fairness and efficiency of the competition and peer review processes. Read more…

Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR)

SPOR is about ensuring that the right patient receives the right intervention at the right time.

The objective of SPOR is to foster evidence-informed health care by bringing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the point of care, so as to ensure greater quality, accountability, and accessibility of care. Read more…

Geoff Carr Lupus Fellowship

This competition is closed.

Members of Lupus Ontario have established a Fellowship in memory of their colleague, the late Geoff Carr. The annual Fellowship is designed to provide advanced training to a rheumatologist specializing in lupus at an Ontario Lupus Clinic. The Lupus Fellow will follow patients at an accredited lupus clinic, supervise patient care and education, and become involved in clinical research. The stipend attached to the Geoff Carr Lupus Fellowship will be $72,000 CAD for one year. Candidates must arrange their own place of training at an accredited Lupus Clinic in Ontario. Read more…

Lupus Canada William Birchall Foundation Scholarship

This competition is closed.

The 2024 Lupus Canada William Birchall Foundation Scholarship will be offering ten (10) one-time scholarships of $2,500 CAD to students diagnosed with lupus who are entering into, or currently enrolled in, a post-secondary educational institution. Read more…

PHAC Funding Opportunities

Multi-Sectoral Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living and Prevent Chronic Disease

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is pleased to invite eligible organizations to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to advance innovative, multi-sectoral approaches to promote healthy living and prevent chronic disease.

There is no deadline for this LOI process. Under this invitation, LOIs will be accepted on a continual basis; however, funding will be subject to budgetary and project considerations. Read more…

SPARCC Pilot Project Program

This competition is closed.

The Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium of Canada (SPARCC) is relaunching the “PILOT PROJECT RESEARCH PROGRAM” in 2023, which provides seed funding to support research proposals aligned with its primary objective for the advancement of spondyloarthritis (SpA)-related research.

SPARCC will provide one year seed grants to be awarded on a competitive basis to innovative proposals in the area of SpA research, particularly around:

  1. Equity, diversity, and inclusivity
  2. Pediatrics
  3. First Nations as primary focuses

SPARCC aims to approve two awards in 2023 to successful applicants.

Applications should be emailed to Ms. Maria Morales, Administrative Coordinator; maria.morales@uhnresearch.camaria.morales@uhn.ca

The Dr. Cy Frank Legacy Lectureship

Dr. Cy Frank was internationally known and acclaimed for his visionary efforts to lead and champion the value of multidisciplinary clinical research and the application of this research to innovative solutions for clinical care and practices. The untimely passing of Dr. Frank in March of 2015 has initiated a desire to ensure that Dr. Frank’s legacy is recognized and continues to have an impact on the disciplines that were the passion of his academic and public service careers.

The University of Calgary and the Cumming School of Medicine are establishing an endowment to create an annual travelling lectureship to honor Dr. Cy Frank’s legacy.

The Dr. Cy Frank Legacy Lectureship will be a highly publicized series of annual lectures on high impact and timely bone and joint health themes.  Read more…