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Membership Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. The success that the HBI has achieved to date, and will achieve in the future, is principally based on the efforts and achievements of our members. HBI members secure tens of millions of dollars in competitive external funding each year, they create new collaborative, team based projects, and they drive research discovery and translation efforts within the Institute. While the HBI provides resources – such as space, core facilities, and seed funding – the activities of our members, working together to advance our research and education mission, are the true ‘engine' of the HBI.

Membership in the HBI (new and continuing) is approved by the Institute’s Executive Committee and is subject to periodic review.

The benefits and responsibilities associated with membership in the Institute are governed by the HBI Membership Guidelines (below). Please review these guidelines before applying for HBI membership.

*To learn more about the nine Brain and Mental Health Teams and the benefits of joining, please visit Brain and Mental Health Teams

Full Membership Criteria:

  • Hold a current academic or clinical appointment at the University of Calgary (asst., assoc., or full professor)


  • Opportunities for collaboration with HBI membership, including the option to join a Brain and Mental HealthTeam*
  • Eligible for all HBI support programs and resources, including:
    • Graduate studentships, and postdoctoral and clinical fellowships
    • Support and funding for use of all HBI-run Core Facilities, including the HBI Advanced Light and Optogenetics facility, the HBI Molecular Core Facility, the NeuroImaging Research Unit and the Regeneration Unit in Neurobiology
    • Exchange and conference funding
    • Internal peer review and mentorship
    • Program funding such as the HBI Pilot Funding and the Infrastructure and Small Equipment Repair and Replacement fund
    • Project funding opportunities through the Brain and Mental Health Teams
    • Opportunity to receive top priority for space within the HBI footprint (in alignment with the Institute’s strategic priorities)
    • Invitations to all HBI events for the PI, including all of their trainees and research staff


  • Be aligned with one or more HBI research and/or education programs outlined in the 2015 HBI Strategic Plan
  • Show evidence of ongoing scholarly contributions to the field of brain and mental health
  • Acknowledge your HBI affiliation on all publications, presentations and posters produced by you and your trainees
  • Commit to actively contribute to the HBI’s success via involvement in one or more of the following:
    • Internal review of member grants (expected participation of associate and full professors)
    • Mentorship for fellow members (expected participation by associate and full professors)
    • Teaching for HBI affiliated courses and programs
    • Service on HBI committees and/or leadership roles
    • Assistance with HBI research, education and community events
    • Participation in other activities as requested
  • Attendance at all major annual HBI research and education events, including the Bryan Kolb Lecture in Behavioural Neuroscience (September) and HBI Research Day (May/June), plus regular attendance at other HBI-led seminars and symposia. This attendance is critical to the HBI's culture of collaboration.

Associate Membership Criteria

  • Hold academic appointment at a Canadian university; including adjunct and research appointments
  • Be sponsored by a Full HBI member if the applicant is external to the University of Calgary
  • Have an interest in brain or mental health research and/or education, but with a primary interest or commitment outside of the HBI


  • Opportunities for collaboration with the HBI membership, including the option to join one or more Brain and Mental HealthTeams*
  • Invitations to all HBI events for the PI, including all of their trainees and research staff
  • Please note that Associate members are not eligible for HBI funding, direct support or core resources, and typically are not allocated space within the HBI footprint


  • Make ongoing contributions to HBI research and/or education activities which contribute to the Institute’s goals outlined in the 2015 HBI Strategic Plan
  • Contributions may include participation in collaborative projects, membership on graduate student review committees, internal review of grant applications and other similar activities