Partnership Program

The Child & Family Research Institute partners with several external funding agencies and organizations to provide additional funding opportunities for trainees.

UBC MD/PhD Program

The Child & Family Research Institute has contributed to the UBC MD/PhD Program since 2007 to provide funding for MD/PhD student stipends. The primary mission of the UBC MD/PhD Program is to train and nurture future clinician-scientists who excel both in clinical medicine and basic sciences. The PhD component of the Program is coordinated in conjunction with various host departments and research programs within the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Faculty of Medicine

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)

The Child & Family Research Institute partners with MSFHR to fund graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. In 2009, CFRI and the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) partnered with the MSFHR to fund four postdoctoral fellowships. 

Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientific Program (CCHCSP)

The Child & Family Research Institute partners with CCHCSP to support highly qualified child health clinician candidates (physicians and other child health care practitioners trained in a child health clinical discipline) to develop their knowledge and skills for a career as an independent scientist in child health research.

For more information on awards offered (Predoctoral, Postdoctoral, Career Development, Rising Researcher) visit the CCHCSP website.

If you are interested in applying for a CCHCSP award (Predoctoral and Postdoctoral), refer to the guidelines for CFRI applicants.


The Child & Family Research Institute and NeuroDevNet are partnering to provide funding opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for training in research related to brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders. NeuroDevNet is a newly established Network of Centres of Excellence in Canada, and its vision is to accelerate the pace of understanding the causes of developmental neurological deficits through research, training, and community outreach initiatives.