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Trainee funding

Watch our February 2022 webinar on trainee funding


MIRA Trainee Funding Webinar Presentation Slides 2022.03.02

Current trainee funding opportunities

MIRA Graduate Scholarship Program

Deadline to apply: December 16, 2022
Funding available: Master's awards $15,000 over one year; PhD awards $18,000 over one year (MIRA & Labarge streams) or $36,000 over two years (sMAP stream)

The MIRA and Labarge Scholarship program offers awards at the master's and PhD level in two distinct streams. The Labarge Mobility Scholarship supports applicants whose research on aging includes a focus on mobility. The MIRA Scholarship in Aging Research supports interdisciplinary aging research in one of MIRA's identified areas of focus. The scholarships are open to master’s students beginning a new McMaster graduate degree in the 2023/24 school year and PhD students entering year one or two of their studies. Interested candidates must develop and submit a research proposal in collaboration with a MIRA supervisor and an interdisciplinary mentor from outside the primary supervisor's Faculty. MIRA requires confirmation that the supervisor and/or program will commit to matching the minimum level of support for the recipient for the duration of the graduate degree. See call for proposals and application form for more information.

The MIRA | Smart Mobility for Aging Populations (sMAP) Scholarships leverage the NSERC (National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) CREATE-funded sMAP collaborative training program, focusing on advancements in mobile technologies, artificial intelligence, and embedded and sensing devices to address mobility challenges faced by the older adults. Projects may consider the trajectory of mobility status in health and disease; function and impairment; or the development of solutions for assessing, maintaining, restoring and continuously monitoring mobility. Projects may involve hardware-software co-design, multi-modal data analytics, hybrid modeling or the application of these technical skills to develop novel solutions with a direct impact on optimal aging and older adult care. 

Applications will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary committee, which will consider the strength of the research proposal, value of the interdisciplinary approach and supervisory committee, candidate's academic and research potential as indicated by their CV and cover letter, and the use of design thinking and/or stakeholder engagement. Download the evaluation rubric.

For more information and to submit an application, click here

MIRA ​Graduate ​Professional Development Awards

Deadline: March 15 and September 15, 2023, 4:00 p.m. ET
Funding available: 
Up to 10 awards of up to $500

Graduate Student Professional Development Awards are for students working with MIRA researchers who have recently, or are planning to present their work at an academic conference (virtual or in-person), attend a training program (virtual or in-person), complete an online course at a different institution, or participate in research activities in another location. Professional development awards are tenable for up to one year after the application deadline. MIRA will also accept ​submissions for professional development activities that occurred up to three months prior to the application deadline. Students are asked to advise MIRA by email to of cancellations or changes related to MIRA-supported professional development activities.  

Call for proposals and application form coming soon


Application deadline: May 2023
Funding available: Up to three awards of $50,000 plus $3000 for expenses 

The Labarge Mobility Postdoctoral Fellowship supports applicants whose research focuses on aging and mobility. The MIRA Postdoctoral Fellowshipsupport applicants focusing on aging in one or more of MIRA's identified priority research areas (see call for proposals for details). The applicant and principal supervisor are expected to involve at least two other researchers from two different McMaster Faculties (outside of the principal supervisor’s Faculty) as mentors in the development of an interdisciplinary research plan. The supervisor must commit to funding the Fellow’s benefits in accordance with McMaster’s benefit rates for the duration of the fellowship.

Call for proposals and application form coming soon

Past trainee funding opportunities


Application deadline: ​October 25, 2022
Funding available: Two years of funding at $50,000 CAD per year + benefits

The Faculty of Social Science and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) is investing in a two-year postdoctoral fellowship to be located within the Gilbrea Centre who will help us deliver our mission to improve all aspects of the lives of older adults in the community and in long-term care by linking research, education, policy and practice with local, national and global initiatives.

Experience in conducting social gerontological research, health/social policy research, qualitative and quantitative research, and working in one or more of the following research environments would be considered an asset: social gerontology, dementia studies; and health/social care policy.

This position will involve actively contributing to writing research grant applications, conducting research fieldwork, analysis and writing up existing projects within the Centre and working closely with the SHARE initiative to investigate our collective work where we are seeking to develop our approaches to engaging with older people. This post will be 100% dedicated to the work of the Gilbrea Centre and the PDF is expected to both develop and undertake excellent research him/herself, but equally importantly, to lever in, and work with, expertise and capacity already within the Centre, Faculty, MIRA and the University.

Read more on the McMaster careers website


Deadline for MIRA internal review (OPTIONAL): May 10, 2022
Deadline to submit to AGE-WELL: May 31, 2022
AGE-WELL/MIRA awards: $15,000 master’s; $20,000 PhD; $50,000 postdoctoral (over one year)
AGE-WELL awards (one year): $10,000 master’s; $15,000 PhD; $20,000 postdoctoral (over one year)

MIRA is partnering with AGE-WELL to co-fund selected McMaster trainees who apply to AGE-WELL’s 2022 trainee funding program, which funds trainees working to createimplement and evaluate technologies and services that benefit older adults and caregivers. Applications must be made through the AGE-WELL portal and will be administered by AGE-WELL. All applicants will be considered for AGE-WELL awards; McMaster applicants may indicate their wish to be considered for enhanced funding through the AGE-WELL/MIRA co-funded awards by ticking the appropriate box in the AGE-WELL application portal. MIRA will consider co-funding trainees whose applications are aligned with MIRA’s research approach; special consideration may be given to those that address mobility in aging. Interested applicants may direct inquiries to

MIRA Trainees may submit a draft application to by May 10 for preliminary review with “AGE-WELL MIRA draft application” in the subject. (Applicants need not wait until the AGE-WELL portal opens to begin their draft application). MIRA will aim to return comments within two weeks or less. Applicants are encouraged to view the 2022 MIRA/AGE-WELL trainee funding webinar to learn more about the opportunity.


Application deadline: April 15, 2022, 4 p.m. ET
Funding available: Up to $2000 per award

Undergraduate students, in collaboration with MIRA faculty members, are invited to submit research proposals for the 2022 MIRA Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship program. NEW in 2022 Student projects may be full- or part-time over the course of summer 2022. The supervisor may support the fellowship through in-kind or cash support that will enhance the student’s training experience, and students may hold additional funding while holding a MIRA USRF. To be eligible, students must be registered for courses in the fall semester of 2022. External candidates who have a MIRA supervisor may be given consideration, however, McMaster candidates will be given priority. Trainees submitting proposals to work with MIRA-funded researchers or projects must include details on how their proposed work will complement the existing MIRA-funded project.

For more information and to submit an application, click here 

Questions about ​any of these funding opportunities may be submitted to ​ 

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