Annually, CanHepC extends fellowships to provide transdisciplinary training and stipend support to both Canadian and foreign individuals involved in hepatitis C research, who are university graduates at various stages of their academic and professional careers. This program and the stipends it provides are meant to further trainees' knowledge and understanding of hepatitis C.

One type of fellowship is offered:

Exchange Program: CanHepC in collaboration with the German TRR179 Network are offering internship exchange opportunities. Read more about the CanHepC - TRR179 Internship Exchange program below.

Please carefully read the criteria for each type of applicants below before you apply. If you have any questions please contact Norma Choucha.



  • PhD students and post-doctoral trainees must be able to commit two years (minimum) to the program. They should not be beyond their third year of training on September 1st, 2024
  • MSc and PhD trainees must be a full-time student for their duration in the program.
  • Must be registered or must have the intent to register in a recognized graduate program the same year where the application has been accepted by the research training program.
  • Must be supervised or co-supervised by a CanHepC mentor:
    • Each mentor can only have 2 trainees in the program at any time. Communicate with your proposed mentor to make sure they have the space for you. Under exceptional conditions, a third trainee could be accepted under co-supervision.
    • A mentor is a PI who is a co-applicant on the CanHepC CIHR funded grant and holds an academic appointment that allows him/her to accept and supervise trainees. Please consult the Directory on the Member’s page to know who the CanHepC mentors are.
  • Trainees admitted into the program are expected to take part in a variety of activities. See the Training Curriculum page.
  • Please read the Award Guide before you apply.

How to apply

Applications for trainee fellowships MUST be made online via the apply button below. You will be ask to complete the online form providing all the necessary information and to upload a certain number of documents (see the list below). Please note ONLY PDF documents can be uploaded, please convert your documents in pdf beforehand.

  1. Application form - to complete online via the apply button below
  2. Letter from the mentor - pdf to upload
  3. Two (2) reference forms and letters of support - pdfs to upload
  4. Canadian Common CV - CIHR format pdf to upload
  5. University Transcripts (not required for Postdocs) - pdfs to upload
  6. Proof of enrolment at University (not required for Postdocs) - pdf to upload
  7. Supervisor CCV - pdf to upload
  8. Foreign trainees must submit documentation indicating permission to study and perform research within Canada prior to the award start date (September 1st) - pdfs to upload

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    CanHepC and the German TRR179 Network are offering the opportunity for one CanHepC trainee and one student from the German TRR179 Hepatitis Network to do a 2-6 months internship with one the of PIs affiliated to the other network. The TRR179 network is a collaborative research center funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) consisting of 18 interdisciplinary research projects on three different partner sites in Germany (Heidelberg, Freiburg and Munich). The overall aim of the TRR179 is to identify the decisive virological and immunological mechanisms determining the outcome of hepatitis virus infection. For further information see HERE.

    For the complete list of CanHepC PIs able to mentor please refer to the CanHepC website member’s page. You can download the complete list of TRR179 PIs HERE. Please note that you are responsible for making contact with your host PI and liaising with them regarding your application.

    Important dates

    • Applications can be submitted on a first-come first-served basis


    Who can apply?

    • Doctoral students (Ph.D. and MD) funded by either CanHepC or TRR179
    • Postdoctoral students funded by either CanHepC or TRR17
    • MSc students of the affiliated PIs

    What can be funded?

    • Research topic of the applicant must be linked to the respective research focus of PhD/postdoctoral project
    • Ideally, new methods, experimental setups, scientific experience will be gained by the exchange and transferred to the respective networks.

    Duration of funding: 2 to 6 months

    Value: CanHepC applicants will receive max. $7500 CAD and TRR179 students max. €5.000 EUR. These amounts will cover the following expenses (please note receipts need to be kept for reimbursement):

    • Travel allowance
    • Accommodation
    • Other costs like e.g. visa costs, health insurance etc.

    How to apply

    The application must be made online via the apply button below. You will be asked to complete the online form providing all the necessary information (project title, objectives, qualifications, etc.) and to upload a certain number of documents (see the list below). Please note ONLY PDF documents can be uploaded, please convert your documents into pdf beforehand.

    1. Project description - 2-page description of the project/new techniques &/or methods you wish to accomplish/gain during your internship including any preliminary work, aims & added value to both networks
    2. CV of the applicant
    3. Motivation letter of the applicant
    4. Support letter from of the host PI including a description of the facilities and resources that will be available to the intern

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    Selection procedure

    • Applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of 3 members of the TRR179 (one rep per sites) and 3 members of CanHepC.

    For any further information or if you have any specific questions please contact: