MIRA Graduate Scholarship Program (includes sMAP co-funded scholarships)

Deadline to apply: December 16, 2022

Funding available: Master’s awards $15,000 over one year; PhD awards $18,000 over one year (MIRA & Labarge streams) or $36,000 over two years (sMAP stream)

The MIRA Scholarship Program offers scholarships at the Master’s and PhD level in three distinct streams: The MIRA Scholarship in Aging Research for applicants interested in interdisciplinary approaches to MIRA’s identified priority research areas; the Labarge Mobility Scholarship for applicants whose research on aging includes a focus on mobility; and the co-funded MIRA | sMAP (Smart Mobility for Aging Populations) Scholarship in Aging Research supports applicants conducting research that explores the application of smart technologies to challenges in mobility and aging.  The research projects supported by these scholarships should aim to develop the capacity of future leaders in aging research and generate evidence that contributes to the well-being of older adults. Further, MIRA supports research that seeks to involve and benefit end users and stakeholders, who may include, but are not limited to: older adults, clinicians, health care practitioners, industry partners, policy makers, the media, educators and learners, and academics in other disciplines.

The scholarships are open to master’s students beginning a new McMaster graduate degree in the 2022/2023 school year and PhD students entering year one or two of their studies. Interested candidates must develop and submit a research proposal in collaboration with a MIRA supervisor and an interdisciplinary mentor from outside the primary supervisor’s Faculty.

Applications will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary committee, which will consider the strength of the research proposal, value of the interdisciplinary approach and supervisory committee, candidate’s academic and research potential as indicated by their CV and cover letter, and the use of design thinking and/or stakeholder engagement. 

For full details, download the evaluation rubric and call for proposals and application form​.