Graduate Grant Criteria

The Branch Out Foundation Graduate Grant is a matched salary-stipend award for graduate students conducting NeuroCAM studies at partnering universities. Students selected for funding will be awarded a $22,000 salary for the September - August academic year. The student's academic supervisor will contribute 40% of the salary value (i.e. $8800). This grant is for a two (2) year duration, pending approval for a second year from the Scientific Review Panel in a non-competitive review process. Thanks to a generous donor, the academic supervisor contribution is waived for students applying from the University of Toronto

In addition to the research experience, this grant will also give the student:

  • Access to training webinars from Branch Out (topics like knowledge translation and entrepreneurship)
  • The opportunity to present their research at Branch Out community events (e.g. Your Brain on Art)

Eligibility for Branch Out's Graduate Grant

  • Research must be in the area of NeuroCAM
  • Applicants are required to identify a supervisor/mentor (an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor) from an accredited university for the project who will guide and review the student’s activities
  • Applicants can be Canadian or International students working on their project at Universities in Alberta, Saskatchewan or at the University of Victoria, BC, or the University of Toronto, ON
  • Applicants must be registered in a graduate degree program. If the applicant is not already in a graduate program, funding is contingent on their acceptance to the specific lab and program
  • PhD students applying for this grant must be pre-candidacy at the time of application
  • The supervisor contribution can be supplied by broader departmental funding or directly from the supervisor. 
  • If the research work requires either human or animal ethics clearance, evidence of that clearance must be sent to Branch Out before studentship funds will be released.
  • Applicants must supply copies of transcripts (graduate and undergraduate) and have two academic references submit a reference survey on his or her behalf by the grant application deadline. The project supervisor must be one of the references


Application Questions PDF

Application Form Link


Application Deadline

Mar 5, 2021, 11:59 PM MST

Award Announcement

May 1, 2021

Funding Start Date

Sep 1, 2021


If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Ty McKinney, Research Director, at [email protected]