Government of Canada investing in talented scholars through the Health System Impact Fellowship program

News release

August 4, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The Government of Canada is investing in some of our country’s brightest minds – to provide them with the opportunity to work directly within our health systems and tackle our most pressing and complex issues.

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced on behalf of the Government of Canada and partners a total investment of more than $6 million for the Health System Impact Fellowship (HSIF) program.

The HSIF program gives PhD students and postdoctoral fellows on-the-job learning opportunities in health system organizations across Canada, embedding research capacity directly within these organizations. The fellows bring their unique skillsets, new ideas and innovative approaches to help address real-world health system challenges. This year’s cohort includes more than 50 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. While embedded in their health system organizations, fellows will receive unparalleled access to mentors and leadership training that aims to build their capacity for advancing evidence-informed health system changes that improve health outcomes for Canadians.

Funding for this program is provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé, and Mitacs, as well as 35 health system partner organizations across Canada that are embedding the fellows.

Members of the 2021-2022 HSIF cohort are also supported by over 10 Canadian universities. Their research covers a diverse range of topics such as senior’s care, cancer treatment, Indigenous health, COVID-19 and more.


“The Government of Canada is proud to support the Health System Impact Fellowship program. This program gives some of Canada’s most talented scholars hands-on experience where they can apply their skills, help improve our health care systems, and support the health and well-being of all Canadians. Congratulations to this year’s fellows.”

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health

“Health System Impact Fellows provide sophisticated research expertise on the front lines of health policy and health care delivery. At the same time, while embedded in health organizations, they are exposed to how the health system and related organizations work and how decisions are made — an invaluable learning experience that will inspire new and innovative solutions to existing challenges. Thank you to our partners for their ongoing support for this important program and congratulations to this year’s cohort.”

Dr. Rick Glazier, Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research

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