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Call for Applications: CIHR-CADTH-McMaster Health System Impact Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Call for Applications: CIHR-CADTH-McMaster Health System Impact Post-Doctoral Fellowship


CIHR-CADTH-McMaster Health System Impact Fellowship in conjunction with the CIHR Training Modernization Start-Up Grant


McMaster’s Health Policy PhD program and the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH), in collaboration with the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA), the Programs for Assessment of Technology in Health (PATH), and the Department of Health Evidence and Impact (HEI) are pleased to invite applications for a 1-year impact-oriented post-doctoral fellowship in health services and policy research (HSPR) with a focus on public and patient engagement in health technology management.


  • Fellowship stipend: $70,000 per annum
  • Professional development training and research allowance: a minimum of $10,000 for participation in an enriched pan-Canadian curriculum (or equivalent training), national cohort meetings, relevant national and international meetings, and research-related expenses

Duration and time commitment

  • 12 months, commencing no later than September 2017
  • At least 50% of the fellow’s time is spent embedded at the partner organization (CADTH), with the balance of time spent with the academic supervisor (McMaster).

Learning environment and activities

This collaborative training fellowship will provide the successful applicant with in-depth training and real-world experience in the fields of health services and policy research, health technology assessment and management, public and patient engagement, and knowledge exchange, in CADTH – Canada’s leading organization responsible for providing health care decision makers with objective evidence to help make informed decisions about the optimal use of health technologies – and at McMaster University through the rich intellectual resources of CHEPA, PATH, HEI and their affiliated training programs including the PhD Program in Health Policy

Health system and academic supervisors and mentors include Tammy Clifford, Chief Scientist and Vice President, Evidence Standards (CADTH) and Julia Abelson, Jean-Eric Tarride, Lisa Schwartz and Meredith Vanstone (McMaster). Together, these individuals will provide technical and professional expertise and guidance to support the Fellow and their pursuit of health system impact goals through a mutually agreed-upon project in the area of public and patient engagement in health technology management. The Fellow, along with their supervisors, will also participate in the CHSRPA enriched core competencies curriculum in collaboration with other Canadian university-based HSPR and health-related employers.

Eligibility and qualifications

Eligible applicants:

  • Demonstrate professional leadership potential and academic excellence
  • Hold or expect to have completed a PhD in HSPR or a related field (e.g., public policy and administration, health services research, public health, health economics, sociology, political science) by the start date of the Fellowship
  • Have obtained their doctoral degree no more than five years prior to applying to the Fellowship
  • Are not current or past employees of the host or partner employer organization(s) and have not received an offer of employment from either of these organizations
  • Have considerable experience with systematic review and/or qualitative synthesis methods, qualitative and mixed methods research
  • May be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or citizens of other countries.

Application deadline and start date

  • Applications will be reviewed as they are received up to June 15th .
  • The Fellowship start date will be no later than September 1, 2017.

How to apply

Interested individuals should send an up-to-date CV with a 1-page statement of interest and a list of two referees to:

Dr. Julia Abelson

Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI)

McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, CRL 203

Hamilton, ON L8P 3Z6

c/o Terry Martens (e-mail: [email protected] )

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