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Université Laval, the Research Centre of the Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec (IUCPQ) and the Research Chair in Obesity are offering training opportunities in obesity research to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The training is delivered in a multidisciplinary and creative environment supported by a large network of basic and clinical researchers.

Sponsorship by the CIHR Research Chair in Obesity’ includes a scholarship program for graduate students and postdoctorate fellows as well as two complementary graduate courses in obesity made possible thanks to funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Obesity Training Program.

In consistency with Université Laval’s CIHR training program, the Research Chair provides a comprehensive 6-credit, 90-hour graduate course in obesity. Thanks to a partnership with the Canadian Obesity Network, this course is also offered in English to graduate students from all over Canada in the summer. A 3-hour condensed version is also available for medical externship students.


Value: $40,000/year for 2 years
Application Deadline: March 28, 2013
Location of Tenure: Université Laval, Québec, Canada
Notification of Decision: April 22, 2013
Start Date:  Between April 2013 and August 2013

The postdoctoral program is intended to enhance the capacity of the Canadian health research community in terms of highly skilled and qualified researchers in obesity research and to enrich established research teams devoted to the etiology, sequelae and treatment of obesity.

Fellowships provide support for highly qualified candidates to add to their experience in obesity research around one of the following themes and leaders:

Theme Leaders
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Eligibility Requirements
  1. The program is open in priority to Canadians citizens, but also to candidates from other countries.
  2. Candidates must hold, or be completing a Ph. D. or a health professional degree (MD or equivalent).
  3. Candidates with more than five (5) years of post-PhD research training by the competition deadline are not eligible to apply for this award.
  4. Candidates must contact one of the theme leaders listed above and be supported by him. Each team leader will recommend only one candidate to the selection committee.
A complete application consists of:
  1. A cover letter describing the applicant's interest in obesity research and the research area in which he/she intends to work.
  2. A curriculum vitae (CV) including a list of publications
  3. Official transcripts of the candidate's graduate and/or health professional training, including proof of degrees completed.
  4. Three assessments from persons under whom the candidate has trained who have had a good opportunity to assess the candidate's potential for research.
  5. A letter of support from the applicant's intended supervisor (see above for the list of themes and leaders) accompanied by an outline of the research program proposed.
Review Procedures and Selection Criteria
A selection committee will review applications and recommend the applicants it considers to have the best qualifications.

The selection committee will evaluate and select applicants for postdoctoral fellowships according to the criteria in the following categories:
  • Research ability or potential
  • Academic excellence
  • Communication skills
  • Previous Research Training Environment
For more information, please contact:
     Annie Moreau
     Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec (CRIUCPQ)
     2725, chemin Sainte-Foy, Room Y4223
     Quebec, QC G1V 4G5 Canada
     Tel.: 418-656-8711 ext 3392
     Fax: 418-656-4929

The training program in obesity is unique in Canada and is funded by the Strategic Initiative in Excellence, Innovation and Advancement in the Study of Obesity and Healthy Body Weight of the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes of Canada.

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