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Pursuit Award Nominations Due February 2

Created: January 4, 2018


The Pursuit Award is an international award that recognizes outstanding achievements in childhood disability research by current PhD students and those who have defended their PhD thesis in the last year. Current PhD students (no more than 6 months away from defense), post-doctoral trainees or recent graduates may apply. Any applied or clinical research specifically linked to childhood disability is eligible for consideration. Finalists are chosen based on significance of research results, methodologic rigor, empirical content, and impact on childhood disability care.

Award highlights may be found on the funding agency's website here.



Per website, you are encourage you to apply if you are a:

  • Current PhD student (less than six months away from defense); OR
  • Postdoctoral trainee; OR
  • Recent graduate (within one year of receiving their PhD) with a focus in any applied or clinical research specifically linked to childhood disability. 



The top three candidates will be invited to present their research and compete during the annual Pursuit Award Ceremony at Holland Bloorview on May 15, 2018. Up to three cash prizes will be awarded:

  • 1st place: $3,000
  • 2nd place: $2,000
  • 3rd place: $1,000


Finalists may also be eligible for a prestigious post-doctoral fellowship at the Bloorview Research Institute. All travel and accommodation costs will be covered.



Please submit nominations by February 2, 2018 at 5 PM EST.



Fill out the Application Package (attached) and submit the application in one PDF tobrievents@hollandbloorview.ca



Please include:

  • University and Department where thesis was defended
  • Title of Thesis
    • Date defended
  • Name, address and contact information of PhD Supervisor
  • Where did you hear about the Pursuit Award in Childhood Disability?


Application Package Checklist

  • Application Form (attached)
  • Brief biographical sketch of candidate (1/2 page)
  • Current curriculum vitae of applicant (3 page maximum)
  • Thesis title and abstract
  • List of all publications arising from thesis (in print or in press)
  • Up to three preprints or reprints (include a description of contribution by applicant for each publication)
  • 2 letters of support – commenting on quality of research contributions to date
  • Letter of support from supervisor, describing why thesis is deemed an outstanding contribution to the field and why the student should be considered for the award.



A list of previous winners can be found at on their website.


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