Scholars of Excellence Program

The Scholars of Excellence Program provides exceptional individuals an opportunity to generate an innovative and independent research program under the mentorship of researchers based at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR).  

The program provides postdoctoral fellows a generous stipend for three to five years, access to research facilities and support while obtaining rigorous mentorship to foster their early career development as child health researchers. 

Interested in child health research? BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute conducts world-class research to improve the health of children and families in BC and around the world. During the past twenty years, researchers have advanced scientific knowledge, improved clinical practice and contributed to the development of new therapies and medical technologies.

BCCHR is the largest research institute of its kind in Western Canada. It is home to more than 200 researchers and over 300 research trainees. The research institute is supported by BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and works in close partnership with the Provincial Health Services Authority, its agencies, and the University of British Columbia. 

Eligibility Criteria

We welcome applicants with an exceptional track record who will have completed their PhD or MD less than three years from program start date (July 2018-January 2019).

The program is designed to attract new talent and preference will be given to applicants from outside BC. 
For more information on the program and eligibility criteria please refer to the application package.

Funding Details

Award recipients will be provided with a salary of $70,000/year plus benefits (Extended Health Plan, Dental Plan and Employee and Family Assistance Program) and up to $5,000 to cover approved moving expenses. In addition, a maximum of $10,000/year is available to fellows for research-related expenses and up to $3,000/year for travel expenses to attend conferences in the first two years of the award.

Application Process

To apply, download the application package below. The closing date for receipt of a complete application package is Monday, January 15, 2018. All application packages must be received by 4:30 pm (PST) on the competition closing date. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. Applicants who are short-listed for the program will be notified in April.

How do you identify a proposed mentor? Visit to learn more about BCCHR Investigators and the research themes onsite. 

For more information on the application process refer to the FAQs or contact

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