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CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars

Research leaders of tomorrow
The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program supports exceptional early-career researchers with funding, mentorship, a global network, and professional skills development.

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See the detailed Program Overview for full eligibility requirements.

The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides:

Interdisciplinary interactions

Pursuing the most exciting and important research questions requires scholars who can move beyond their own research areas to take a fresh look at a problem. CIFAR helps early-career researchers think and work outside their silos by facilitating dialogue between diverse disciplines and immersing them in our research programs for a truly enriching experience.

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"The connections I have forged within my CIFAR program and across programs have expanded my interests, directed me towards exciting new questions and have fundamentally reshaped my research goals.”

Katherine McAuliffe, CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019, Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness (Boston College)

Leadership development

Excellent management and communication skills will be key to success in the demanding and competitive world of research. Through annual meetings of CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars from across CIFAR’s research programs, and additional learning experiences supported by the Love Family Leadership Development Fund, CIFAR designs one-on-one and peer-group training opportunities on themes related to the leadership development needs of Global Scholars.

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“This [annual] meeting... was very exciting, memorable, and interesting. The advice and ideas I took away from this came at a perfect time in my career.”

Kate Ross, CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018, Quantum Materials (Colorado State University)

Engagement in global communities

Tomorrow’s research leaders must understand how to engage with key stakeholders in their communities around the world, with government, industry, or the general public. CIFAR provides early-career researchers opportunities to refine the skills they develop, interacting with leaders both within and outside of academia.

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“It has been a transformational opportunity to be part of the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program. I have met many young researchers and created an amazing network that I can call on for the rest of my career. I have received training and mentorship that would not otherwise have been available to me. I was given the opportunity to speak to hundreds of people about my science, all because of my Global Scholar appointment and CIFAR’s advocacy.”

Alona Fyshe, CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018, Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness (University of Alberta)

Each CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar receives:

  • A two-year term in a CIFAR research program, a global, interdisciplinary network of top-tier research leaders.
  • $100,000 CAD in unrestricted research support
  • Mentorship from a senior researcher within a CIFAR research program
  • Opportunities to network, collaborate and form a community with peers from diverse disciplines across CIFAR’s research programs
  • Specialized leadership and communication skills training, and support to put their skills into action, through participation in two cross-cohort annual meetings.

Eligibility

Applicants may be based anywhere in the world, must hold a PhD (or equivalent) and be within the first five years of starting a full-time research position at an institution of higher education or research. Scholars’ research interests must complement or contribute to the themes and goals of an eligible CIFAR research program. In 2020, the CIFAR research programs eligible to accept applications are:

Detailed Program Overview for full eligibility requirements.

NOTE: Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible to apply.

How to apply

Applications are submitted online and must include two to three letters of reference. Detailed Program Overview for more information.

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CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars

Adrian Liu

Adrian Liu

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2018-2020
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • McGill University
  • Canada
Ajith Parameswaran

Ajith Parameswaran

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • International Center for International Science
  • India
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Alexander Kwarteng

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019
  • Humans & the Microbiome
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
  • Ghana
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Alona Fyshe

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • University of Alberta
  • Canada
Ami Citri

Ami Citri

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018
  • Child & Brain Development
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Israel
Brian Dias

Brian Dias

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019
  • Child & Brain Development
  • Emory University
  • United States
Carolina Tropini-BW

Carolina Tropini

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2019-2021
  • Humans & the Microbiome
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
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Corinne Maurice

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018
  • Humans & the Microbiome
  • McGill University
  • Canada
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Craig Chapman

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • University of Alberta
  • Canada
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Daryl Haggard

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • McGill University
  • Canada
Douglas Fowler

Douglas Fowler

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019
  • Genetic Networks
  • University of Washington
  • United States
Filip Van Opstal-BW

Filip Van Opstal

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2019-2021
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • University of Amsterdam
  • The Netherlands
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Gabriela Schlau-Cohen

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • United States
Gerhard Kirchmair

Gerhard Kirchmair

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018
  • Quantum Information Science
  • University of Innsbruck
  • Austria
Giulio Chiribella

Giulio Chiribella

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018
  • Quantum Information Science
  • University of Oxford
  • United Kingdom
Hannah Carter

Hannah Carter

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019
  • Genetic Networks
  • University of California San Diego
  • United States
Haotian Wang-BW

Haotian Wang

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2019-2021
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • Rice University
  • United States
Hiutung Chu-BW

Hiutung Chu

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2019-2021
  • Humans & the Microbiome
  • University of California San Diego
  • United States
Hyun Youk

Hyun Youk

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2018-2020
  • Molecular Architecture of Life
  • Delft University of Technology
  • The Netherlands
Iair Arcavi-BW

Iair Arcavi

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2019-2021
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Tel Aviv University
  • Israel
Jean-Philippe Julien-BW

Jean-Philippe Julien

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2019-2021
  • Molecular Architecture of Life
  • Hospital for Sick Children
  • Canada
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Jeffrey J. Warren

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Canada
Jennifer Zenker-BW

Jennifer Zenker

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2019-2021
  • Molecular Architecture of Life
  • Monash University
  • Australia
Jenny Yang

Jenny Yang

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2018-2020
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • University of California Irvine
  • United States
Jessica Metcalf

Jessica L. Metcalf

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2018-2020
  • Humans & the Microbiome
  • Colorado State University
  • United States
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Joel Zylberberg

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018
  • Learning in Machines & Brains
  • York University
  • Canada
Joshua Shepherd-BW

Joshua Shepherd

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2019-2021
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • University of Barcelona
  • Carleton University
  • Canada
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Judy Cha

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019
  • Quantum Materials
  • Yale University
  • United States
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Katherine McAuliffe

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Boston College
  • United States
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Katherine R. Amato

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018
  • Humans & the Microbiome
  • Northwestern University
  • United States
Khanh Huy Bui

Khanh Huy Bui

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019
  • Molecular Architecture of Life
  • McGill University
  • Canada
Kieran O'Donnell

Kieran O'Donnell

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018
  • Child & Brain Development
  • McGill University
  • Canada
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Kristi Kenyon

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019
  • Successful Societies
  • University of Winnipeg
  • Canada
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Kristin Laurin

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019
  • Successful Societies
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
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Kyunghyun Cho

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019
  • Learning in Machines & Brains
  • New York University
  • United States
Lucina Q. Uddin

Lucina Q. Uddin

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2018-2020
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • University of Miami
  • United States
QM_LuyiYang

Luyi Yang

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
Maria Drout

Maria R. Drout

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2018-2020
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
Megan Peters-BW

Megan Peters

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2019-2021
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • University of California Irvine
  • United States
Mikko Taipale

Mikko Taipale

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018
  • Molecular Architecture of Life
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
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Naama Geva-Zatorsky

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2018-2020
  • Humans & the Microbiome
  • Technion
  • Israel
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Natalie Bau

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • Canada
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Nathaniel Gabor

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • University of California Riverside
  • United States
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Nir Bar-Gill

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018
  • Quantum Information Science
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Israel
Prineha Narang

Prineha Narang

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2018-2020
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • Harvard University
  • United States
Raffaella Margutti-BW

Raffaella Margutti

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2019-2021
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Northwestern University
  • United States
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Raul Sanchez de la Sierra

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • University of California Berkeley
  • United States
Renee Hlozek-BW

Renée Hložek

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2019-2021
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
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Sara Lowes

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • Bocconi University
  • Italy
Sarah Burke-Spolaor

Sarah Burke-Spolaor

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2018-2020
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • West Virginia University
  • United States
Tal Korem-BW

Tal Korem

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2019-2021
  • Humans & the Microbiome
  • Columbia University
  • United States
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Thomas Vidick

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019
  • Quantum Information Science
  • California Institute of Technology
  • United States
Wei Zhang-BW

Wei Zhang

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2019-2021
  • Molecular Architecture of Life
  • University of Guelph
  • Canada
Ximin He-BW

Ximin He

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2019-2021
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • United States
Yaniv Ziv

Yaniv Ziv

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2018-2020
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Israel
Yogi Surendranath

Yogesh Surendranath

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2018-2020
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • United States
Yue Wa

Yue Wan

  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2018-2020
  • Molecular Architecture of Life
  • Genome Institute of Singapore
  • Singapore
This program is generously supported by the Azrieli Foundation and the Love Family Leadership Development Fund.

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