Research fellowships

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars-Research leaders of tomorrow

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars-Research leaders of tomorrow

Accelerate your career, expand your network, collaborate across disciplines, and explore cutting-edge ideas with unrestricted research funding. Join our community of top researchers addressing the most important questions facing science and humanity.


The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides:

-Leadership development

-Interdisciplinary interactions

-Engagement in global communities


Each CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar receives:


-A two-year term in a CIFAR research program, a global, interdisciplinary network of top-tier research leaders

-$100,000 CAD in unrestricted research support

-Mentorship from a senior researcher within a CIFAR research program

-Opportunities to network, collaborate and form a community with peers from diverse disciplines across CIFAR’s research programs

-Specialized leadership and communication skills training, and support to put their skills into action, through participation in two cross-cohort annual meetings.



-Applicants may be based anywhere in the world, must hold a PhD (or equivalent) and be within the first five years of starting a full-time research position at an institution of higher education or research. Scholars’ research interests must complement or contribute to the themes and goals of an eligible CIFAR research program.


NOTE: Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible to apply.


Applications are now open for the 2021-2023 cohort of CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars.


Deadline: October 30 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time

EFN Professional Development Grants

EFN Professional Development Grants

Professional Development Grants (PDGs) provide support for mid-career conservationists to pursue short-term, non-degree training to upgrade their knowledge and skills. This training can include short courses, certificate training, or conferences among other training opportunities.


EFN has adjusted the August 1, 2020 application cycle to focus on virtual programs only. Grants will be awarded up to US$2,000 based on program requirements.



All applicants must complete an application by one of the deadlines noted below. The proposed training must take place at least 45 days after the application deadline to allow EFN time for review, selection, and processing of the grant.


May 1, 2020 - CANCELLED

August 1, 2020 - VIRTUAL courses and conferences only

November 1, 2020

February 1, 2021


If you have any questions or concerns, please email EFN at