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Donald Burns and Louise Berlin Graduate Awards in Dementia Research

 This scholarship honours the donors' commitment to the training of future leaders in dementia research.


Donald Burns and Louise Berlin


Acceptance into a full-time MSc or PhD program under the supervision of a full-time faculty member (professional track) of the University of Calgary. Application must be made prior to, or within nine months of commencement of the program.


$20,000 per year


Eight (6 PhD level, 2 MSc level)


Two years, subject to annual renewal

Where Tenable:

University of Calgary


While the award guarantees total funding of $30,000 for PhD level and $25,000 for MSc level trainees, the HBI component of the award will be pro-rated by the amount obtained from other sources (i.e. Dean's Entrance Scholarship, external scholarships, supervisor contribution).

Applicants must provide a letter of support from their research supervisor committing to provide an additional component of the award ($10,000 for PhD, $5,000 for MSc) until the student obtains an external scholarship.

The purpose of this award is to recruit students who will be highly competitive for external awards on the basis of their academic performance and research program. Thus, students holding this award are expected to apply for external awards or grants for which they are eligible, including those from provincial or national agencies. Renewal is contingent upon internal review of, and application for external scholarships, annual review of progress (including participation in HBI academic activities) and letter of support from supervisor.



Nomination Process: Awards will be adjudicated by the HBI Education Committee.


Candidates must submit the completed HBI Graduate Scholarship Application and supporting documentation as a single PDF file, and send references directly to

Dr. Cam Teskey
Education Director
Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Questions can be directed to the Education Coordinator, Jason Ng (

Deadline: October 1 or March 15

Application Forms: 

Graduate Scholarship Application
Mentorship Advisor Biosketch Template
Graduate Scholarship Instructions