Frequently asked questions

My supervisor is not a member of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute. Can I apply for a scholarship?
Unless otherwise stated, only students with supervisors who are full members of the Institute are eligible for application. If your supervisor is conducting cardiovascular-related research, he/she may apply for full membership within the Institute.

My supervisor is an associate member of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute. Can I apply for a scholarship?
Unless otherwise stated, only students with supervisors who are full members of the  Institute of Alberta are eligible for application. If your supervisor is conducting cardiovascular-related research, he/she may apply for full membership within the Institute.

My co-supervisor is a full member of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute. Can I apply for a scholarship?
No, only students with primary supervisors who are full members of the Institute may apply.

I am not a University of Calgary student and don't have a supervisor at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute. Can I apply for a scholarship?
No, you should be registered in your respective program (you do not have to be accepted), have a UCID at the University of Calgary and have a supervisor already established before applying for a Libin scholarship. If you are looking for a supervisor, please send your CV, along with a description of your research interests, to libin@ucalgary.ca.

I hold a Libin scholarship that is ending soon. Can I reapply for the same scholarship?
No, the Institute's scholarships provide support to trainees to increase their chances of securing external funding. Applying for an identical award a second time is not in the spirit of what these awards are intended for.

I hold a Libin MSc graduate scholarship and am transitioning to a PhD program. What happens to my award?
Students switching programs will forfeit the remainder of their MSc scholarship and should reapply for a PhD scholarship in a future scholarship cycle.

I am a medical resident also completing a graduate degree. Can I apply for a Libin scholarship?
No, the Faculty of Graduate Studies considers you fully funded. You are not eligible for a graduate scholarship, as you may not:

  • Be fully funded by a third party sponsor except when applying for the Izaak Walton Killam Doctoral Scholarship.
  • Hold or start full-time (30 hours or more per week) employment during the tenure of the award. However, students registered in a program structured for full-time employees are eligible to hold program recommended awards.

I require a copy of my transcript to apply for my scholarship. Can I make a copy of my transcript or is an original required? 
You may submit a copy of your transcript for postdoctoral scholarship applications. 

Should my reference letter be included in my application package or sent as a separate document?
Postdoctoral scholarship applicants must send their reference letters electronically to libinscholarships@ucalgary.ca. Reference letters sent to libinres@ucalgary.ca or libin@ucalgary.ca will be discarded.

I applied for a scholarship in the last intake for applications and was not successful. Can I resubmit the same application?
For postdoctoral applications: Yes. If you applied for a LCI scholarship in the last 12 months and nothing has changed, you may resubmit the same application package (including reference letters). However, ensure you update the award(s) you are applying for as we may have introduced other awards you may be eligible for.

Can I password protect parts of my application?
For postdoctoral applications: No. Applications are combined into one document (including reference letters) before passing on to reviewers. Protecting parts of your application with a password makes it difficult for reviewers. 

Can I bookmark parts of my application?
For postdoctoral applications: Please DON'T bookmark parts of your application. Applications are combined into one document (including reference letters) before passing on to reviewers. Bookmarking parts of your application may result in information being lost.  

Can I apply for more than one award on the same application?
For postdoctoral applications: Yes. Please indicate the award(s) you are applying for on the application form. You will only be eligible to receive one award at any given time.

I hold another graduate scholarship or award. Can I still apply for a Libin Cardiovascular Institute graduate scholarship?
All University of Calgary scholarships, including Libin graduate scholarships, are managed through the Faculty of Graduate Studies, which fall under the UCalgary award regulations. These regulations take into consideration all awards – scholarships, awards, fellowships, internships, research and training grants, etc. that a student holds when considering eligibility against the maximum amount under the award.

To provide for fair distribution of University of Calgary academic competitive awards, the maximum amount a student can hold in ‘other awards’ and/or ‘university-wide awards’, as defined below, at any given time is:

  • Master’s: $20,500
  • Doctoral: $26,000

If you are unsure if whether you are eligible for a Libin Institute graduate scholarship, contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

I hold a Cumming School of Medicine Postdoctoral Scholarship (CSM PDF) through the Libin Cardiovascular Institute and want to apply for a third year extension. How do I do that?
To request an additional year of funding, we request:

  • Confirmation from the supervisor that you will continue your support
  • An updated CV and cover letter from the scholar outlining:
    • External awards applied for during scholarship support.
    • Research productivity gained during the past two years (publications, conferences attended, oral vs poster presentations, job applications, other successes)
    • Intentions for a third year of support.

Send the above material to libinscholarships@ucalgary.ca for approval by the Libin Cardiovascular Institute’s Education Director. Once approved, applications will be forwarded to the Cumming School of Medicine for final approval.

What is the CIHR Sex & Gender Online Training Module? Do I have to complete this?
Yes. There is an increasing emphasis on the inclusion of sex- and gender-based science research by major funding agencies. To help Libin trainees be more pro-active and prepare strong applications to tri-council agencies, trainees are required to complete a CIHR Sex and Gender Tutorial.  All scholarship applicants are required to complete a CIHR Sex and Gender Tutorial and attach your downloadable certificate to your scholarship application.

What is the award process?
Applications are reviewed and scored by two to three reviewers. The average score is calculated and applicants are ranked according to these average scores. Depending on the number of awards available, the top ranked applications are submitted to the Cumming School of Medicine or the Faculty of Graduate Studies for final approval. You will receive a letter with your result shortly after this process is completed. 

How are the applications scored?
Applications are scored based on the applicant, research and training environment. A sample of the review form can be found here