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For research activities occurring during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, students are responsible for ensuring that any in-person activities occur within the parameters that have been established by McMaster University. A list of full resources is available here

Currently funded MIRA and Labarge research projects will be granted a six-month, no cost extension, as needed. Researchers needing longer extensions should reach out to ​

Current trainee funding opportunities

MIRA Graduate ​Professional Development Awards

​Spring deadline: March 15, 2021
Funding available: Up to 10 awards per round of up to $250

Graduate Student Professional Development Awards are for students working with MIRA researchers who 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. Students are asked to advise MIRA by email to of cancellations or changes related to MIRA-supported professional development activities.  

For more details, click here
Download the application 


Application deadline: March 19, 2021, 4 p.m. ET
Funding available: Up to 12 awards of $1,000

Undergraduate students, in collaboration with MIRA faculty members, are invited to submit research proposals for the 2021 MIRA Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship program. The supervisor must commit to supporting the student for the remaining costs of the full-time fellowship for the duration of the award (May – August), through the supervisor’s own funds, additional awards secured by the student, or a combination of both.  Students must be full- or part-time and registered for courses in the fall semester of 2021. 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 funded project.

View the call for proposals here
Download the application form here 

Past trainee funding opportunities

MIRA Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline to apply: July 15 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST
Funding available: Up to three awards of $50,000; requires supervisor match of at least $10,000 for fellow’s benefits

Prospective post-doctoral Fellows are invited to submit a research plan that focuses on interdisciplinary, impact-driven approaches in the study of optimal aging through one or more of the following research areas: 1) The impact of exercise on mobility; 2) The interrelationship between psychological function and social function; 3) Causes and consequences of multimorbidity, frailty, and polypharmacy; 4) The role of caregiving, equity, economics and transportation in optimal aging; 5) The understanding of the biological mechanisms of diseases of aging; 6) Evaluating approaches to knowledge translation to improve optimal aging; and, 7) The use of technology to promote optimal aging and aging in place. 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.

For eligibility criteria, click here
For more information about the call, click here
Download the application form

MIRA & Labarge Scholarship program

Deadline to apply: ​​July 1 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST
Funding available: Up to four scholarships will be awarded, one Master's and one PhD in each stream and valued at $15,000 (Master's) and $18,000 (Ph.D.) for one year

The MIRA & Labarge Scholarship program offers awards at the Master's and Ph.D. 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 (new in 2020) for applicants with a more general focus on aging in one or more of MIRA's identified research areas of focus (see call for proposals for eligibility and application requirements). The scholarships are open to Master's students entering their first year of study and PhD students entering year one or two of their study in the 2020/2021 school year. Interested candidates must develop and submit a research proposal in collaboration with a MIRA supervisor and an interdisciplinary mentor from a McMaster Faculty outside of the primary supervisor's. 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. 

For more information, click here
Download the application form here

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

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