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Labarge Graduate Student Scholarships

Established in 2017 by the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging, which is funded by a generous gift from Suzanne Labarge, the Labarge Mobility Scholarship is intended to stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration in aging research on the broad topic of mobility, which includes both physical and community aspects, such as execution of daily activities and participation in society.

Scholarships will be awarded by the School of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging to a ​graduate student working in the field of aging on the topic of mobility, entering their first year of study in the program.

The recipient must demonstrate high academic achievement, a proven interest in aging and mobility research, a strong work ethic, and a desire to collaborate with diverse disciplines and to participate in research activities with potential benefits to older adults. The value of the award is $15,000 (Master’s) and $18,000 (PhD) for one year. In making the recommendation of these awards, MIRA requires confirmation that the supervisor and/or program will commit to matching the level of support for the recipient in the second year of enrollment in the graduate degree. There is one scholarship available for a Master’s student, and one for a PhD student.

Expectations and deliverables

  • Participation in MIRA activities and events;
  • A report outlining project outcomes and next steps, due at the end of the year of the award.

Applications must consist of the following components

  • A cover letter;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Research proposal (maximum 2 pages, including goals, methods and dissemination plans).
  • A letter of reference from a graduate supervisor, including confirmation of supervision, should you be successful, as well as confirmation of financial support for research costs beyond the stipend awarded through this competition;
  • A letter of reference from a faculty member who will serve as a co-supervisor (or collaborator) and mentor. The ​faculty member must be ​from a different Faculty than the primary supervisor.

Submission details

Please submit the package in two components, each saved with the nominee's last name in the filename:

  • All files (excluding the CV) combined into one PDF;
  • Your CV (PDF format).

The package must be submitted by email to to by May 15, 2017.

Review process

The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging Executive Committee will review and rank  the submissions. The Scientific Director of the Institute will make a selection based on the advice of this Committee. 

Further Information

Questions about this funding opportunity ​may be submitted to Laura Harrington,

More information about MIRA and the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging can be found at  


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