CIFAR invites exceptional early career researchers to join CIFAR’s global network of nearly 375 researchers from 18 countries who together are pursuing answers to some of the most complex challenges facing the world today. The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides funding, skills training, mentorship, and opportunities to collaborate with outstanding colleagues from diverse disciplines to position scholars as leaders and agents of change within academia and beyond.

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars receive:

  • $100,000 CDN in unrestricted research support
  • A two-year membership to a CIFAR research program, with outstanding research leaders from across disciplines

  • Specialized leadership and communication skills training


Applicants can be from anywhere in the world, must hold a PhD (or equivalent) and be within the first five years of a full-time academic appointment. Scholars’ research interests must be aligned with the themes of an eligible CIFAR research program. 

In 2018, the eligible programs are:

How to apply

All applications are submitted online and must include letters of reference. See detailed overview of the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program.


The 2018 Call for Applications will open in December 2017. The deadline for applications is February 22, 2018.

Please contact us with any questions.

(+) 2017 Global Scholars

Parameswaran Ajith, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Gravity & the Extreme Universe

Khanh Huy Bui, McGill University, Molecular Architecture of Life

Hannah Carter, University of California, San Diego, Genetic Networks

Judy Cha, Yale University, Quantum Materials

Kyunghyun Cho, New York University, Learning in Machines & Brains

Brian Dias, Emory University, Child & Brain Development

Douglas Fowler, University of Washington, Genetic Networks

Nathaniel Gabor, University of California, Riverside, Bio-inspired Solar Energy

Daryl Haggard, McGill University, Gravity & the Extreme Universe

Kristi Kenyon, University of Winnipeg, Successful Societies

Alexander Kwarteng, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Humans & the Microbiome

Kristin Laurin, University of British Columbia, Successful Societies

Sara Lowes, Bocconi University, Institutions, Organizations & Growth

Katherine McAuliffe, Boston College, Brain, Mind & Consciousness

Thomas Vidick, California Institute of Technology, Quantum Information Science

(+) 2016 Global Scholars

Katherine Amato, Northwestern University, Humans & the Microbiome

Nir Bar-Gill, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Quantum Information Science

Natalie Bau, University of Toronto, Institutions, Organizations & Growth

Craig Chapman, University of Alberta, Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness

Giulio Chiribella, University of Hong Kong, Quantum Information Science

Ami Citri, The Hebrew University, Child & Brain Development

Alona Fyshe, University of Victoria, Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness

Gerhard Kirchmair, University of Innsbruck, Quantum Information Science

Corinne Maurice, McGill University, Humans & the Microbiome

Kieran O’Donnell, McGill University, Child & Brain Development

Kate Ross, Colorado State University, Quantum Materials

Raul Sanchez de la Sierra, University of California at Berkeley, Institutions, Organizations & Growth

Gabriela Schlau-Cohen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bio-inspired Solar Energy

Mikko Taipale, University of Toronto, Molecular Architecture of Life

Graham Taylor, University of Guelph, The Vector Institute, Learning in Machines & Brains

Jeffrey Warren, Simon Fraser University, Bio-inspired Solar Energy

Luyi Yang, University of Toronto, Quantum Materials

Joel Zylberberg, University of Colorado Denver, Learning in Machines & Brains

This program is generously supported by the Azrieli Foundation and the Love Family Leadership Development Fund.

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