SCPOR Trainee Program

SCPOR provides matching funding for students interested in patient-oriented health research (Masters, Doctoral, Postdoctoral fellows and Medical Residents). To qualify, student trainees must be working on patient-oriented research projects.


Important Forms

If you are interesting in learning more about the trainee program please review the SCPOR Trainee Terms of Reference.

If you are a current SCPOR Trainee. See below for a link to the Progress Report Template.

Trainee Support

In addition to receiving matching trainee funding, SCPOR will provide in-kind support to trainee research projects. Supports are offered through SCPORs five platforms; Patient Engagement, Knowledge Training and Capacity Building, Methods, Indigenous Research and Engagement Expertise and Data and Data Services. Here are the most common in-kind supports SCPOR Trainees have accessed.

  • Patient Engagement Support- assistance with recruitment, orientation, coaching and consultation support, expense reimbursement.

  • Discounts at SCPOR Affiliated Research Labs - Clinical Trail Support Unit, Social Science Research Lab, etc.

  • Invitations to a variety of SCPOR hosted workshops, networking events and seminars.

  • Free Training Sessions- Building Research Relationships with Indigenous Communities (BRRIC) training module and Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Module training.

  • Data and Data Services- access to provincial databases, support assessing the data needs of a project and the feasibility of it, data linkage, additional data linkage support.


SCPOR Trainee Engagement with Patients Funding

(STEP Funding)

SCPOR Trainees are required to engage patients and families in their project. CIHR requires and SCPOR endorses that patient and families are provided honoraria and expense reimbursement for their participation on research project teams. To ensure SCPOR trainees have funds to support this, trainees may request funding through the SCPOR Trainee Engagement with Patient Funding (STEP Funding).

SCPOR Trainees may apply for up to $2,500.00 to support Patient and Families Advisors (PFA’s) to meaningfully participate as members of the research project team. Applications must be submitted within the active period of the SCPOR trainee original funding contract. STEP Funding may be used to cover: Patient and family advisor honoraria, Patient and family advisor expenses, ad expenses for the trainee to travel to patients and families if required.


Current SCPOR Trainees

SCPOR would like recognize the current trainees who are working on SCPOR supported patient-oriented research projects


Trainee Stories



The trainee program is organized by the Knowledge Translation Training and Capacity Building Platform.

If you have question related to SCPOR Trainees please reach out to

Kate Dunn, Knowledge Translation Specialist.


 Funding Opportunities

The best place to find all the current funding opportunities for trainees!

NEW: Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre (IPHRC) and Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) Awards

IPHRC and SCPOR Awards

Are you conducting research related to Indigenous Health? If so you may be eligible for an IPHRC and SCPOR student award.

The values for each award are as follows:

- PhD: $30,000 for 1 year

- Master's: $20,000 for 1 year

- Post Doctoral Fellows: $70,000 for 1 year


PHD funding

Matching Funding: Doctoral Positions

Deadline July 12, 2019

Opportunity to apply for matching funding for Doctoral Fellowship Positions at the University of Saskatchewan.

postdoctoral funding

Matching Funding: Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions

Deadline June 28, 2019

Opportunity to apply for matching funding for Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions at the University of Saskatchewan.