Denyse Lajoie-Lake Fellowship in Brain Research

The Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) seeks to develop future medical research leaders by facilitating advanced training following medical specialty training. The Denyse Lajoie-Lake Fellowship in Brain Research will provide financial assistance for neurological research facilitated by the Department of Clinical Neurosciences.

Donor: Dr. David Lake


  • Applicant must provide evidence of eligibility for inclusion on the educational register of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA).
  • Supervisor must be a faculty member of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences and a full member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute.

Value: HBI award $40,000; research allowance $5,000.  Required supervisor contribution $10,000.  Combined HBI-supervisor award total $50,000 (not including research allowance).

Number of awards available: One (1)

Duration: One year

Where Tenable: University of Calgary


  • A postdoctoral fellow is defined as an individual with five years or less of full-time training after PhD or other advanced degree.
  • The PDF must spend at least 60% of their fellowship on site at the HBI. The Education Director must be informed of extended periods of absence (greater than 3 weeks) from the HBI.
  • Funding under this program is only available to full HBI members for one postdoctoral fellow at a time.
  • HBI support does not include benefits.
  • Funding cannot be allocated to a PDF remaining in the laboratory where they received their PhD.
  • The host laboratory must top-up the HBI contribution through a commitment of $10,000.
  • Individuals obtaining external support (i.e. tri-council, AI-HS, or equivalent) or any other internal funding must immediately inform the HBI Education Director to enable re-allocation of HBI funding to other trainees.
  • Funding will be subject to budget availability.

Citizenship: Unrestricted

Selection Process: Applications will be adjudicated by a subcommittee of the HBI Education Committee.

Deadline: September 30

Applications should include:

  1. one-page description of the research project
  2. clear indication of the time allocated to research and to clinical training/service
  3. applicant’s CV
  4. supervisor's CCV (CIHR bio-sketch preferred)
  5. two letters of reference
  6. and letter from the supervisor providing: 
  • list of fellows in their associated program and the current source of their funding;
  • list of the supervisor’s currently funded grants (if not in CCV);
  • and confirmation of commitment by the supervisor to provide top-up support for the applicant ($10,000) if successful in obtaining this award.

Applications should be submitted to: 

Education Director
Hotchkiss Brain Institute
Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary