The Social Exposome Cluster is proud to announce the 2nd competition for the 'Society to Cell' Clyde Hertzman Memorial Fellowship! The 'Society to Cell' Clyde Hertzman Memorial Fellowship is intended to financially support UBC trainees who are conducting research projects that will enrich our understanding of the impact of social and environmental factors on health and well being across the life course. Funded projects would align with the mission of the Social Exposome Cluster and fall into one or more of the four research themes. We invite applications from graduate students (masters and doctoral) and postdoctoral researchers. Complete and submit the forms below.
'I announce with great pleasure that the Social Exposome Cluster will once again provide this funding to drive Clyde's vision forward — allowing the next generation of researchers to realize his dream.' ~ Dr. Michael Kobor, Social Exposome Cluster Lead
We would like to thank Dr. W. Thomas Boyce, a close friend and colleague of Dr. Hertzman, for his generous contribution to this year's fellowship competition.
Dr. Clyde Hertzman (1953-2013)
The late Dr. Hertzman was the Founding Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP). He was the Canada Research Chair in Population Health and Human Development and Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. Dr. Hertzman played a central role in creating a framework that links population health to human development, emphasizing the special role of early child development as a determinant of health across the life course. His research contributed to international, national, provincial, and community initiatives for healthy child development. Amongst his many honours, he was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the recipient of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) 2010 Canada’s Health Researcher of the Year and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013.
'It doesn't have to be this way' ~ Dr. Clyde Hertzman (1953-2013)
Dr. Hertzman passed away suddenly in February 2013. This scholarship is to honour his legacy as a world-leading researcher in the social determinants of health, a champion for social justice, and a tireless advocate for all children. Dr. Hertzman left a lasting, inspirational imprint in the UBC community and beyond. His irrepressible spirit inspired Social Exposome Cluster lead Dr. Michael Kobor to create the Social Exposome Cluster—bringing together multidisciplinary research experts using the 'society to cell' approach to understand how social inequalities get 'under the skin' to affect health and well being across the life course. This fellowship will fund trainees' salaries to carry out research projects that align with Dr. Hertzman's legacy as well as the missions of the Social Exposome Cluster.
Award Categories and Amount
A total of $50,000 is available for this funding opportunity. The maximum value of each award will be:
- 'Society to Cell' Clyde Hertzman Memorial Fellowship - graduate student, $15,000
- 'Society to Cell' Clyde Hertzman Memorial Fellowship - postdoctoral fellow, $20,000
The award amounts listed above are the maximum amount per recipient. If recipients hold an external scholarship (e.g. Canada Graduate Scholarship, CIHR Postdoctoral award, UBC 4-year Doctoral Fellowship, etc.) within the period from September 2022-August 2023, the award amount will be reduced such that recipients are topped up to a maximum of:
- Master student - $24,300
- Doctoral student - $27,000
- Postdoctoral fellow - $50,000
If the applicant holds, or will hold, an external award valued at more than these top up amounts they are not eligible to apply. For example, doctoral students who hold a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship or Vanier Scholarship are not eligible. Postdoctoral researchers who hold a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship are also not eligible.
Additional Eligibility Criteria
Is a Social Exposome Cluster trainee at the UBC Vancouver campus.*
Is supervised by a Social Exposome Cluster research investigator whose area of investigation has direct or indirect relevance to child health and well-being.*
Is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or foreign national. In the case of foreign national applications, the applicant must have a valid student's visa (gradudate student) or work permit (postdoctoral fellow) at the time of application.
By June 30, 2022, has been accepted into, or is currently engaged in, a full-time graduate program at the University of British Columbia leading to a master's degree or a doctoral degree at the time the award is taken up. Or has been accepted as, or is currently, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of British Columbia at the time the award is taken up.
*To apply to become a Social Exposome Cluster trainee or faculty member, complete the application page.
- Masters students who hold, or will hold, additional salary award(s) totaling more than $22,500
- Doctoral students who hold, or will hold, additional salary award(s) totaling more than $27,000
- Postdoctoral fellows who hold, or will hold, additional salary award(s) totaling more than $50,000
- Past recipients of the 'Society to Cell' Clyde Hertzman Memorial Fellowship
- Whose research projects focus on minimizing inequalities in health or well being; and/or
- Who self-identify as members of underrepresented groups—including women, racialized, Indigenous, LGBTQ+ trainees and trainees with disabilities; and/or
- Whose project involves more than one Social Exposome Cluster research investigator
are highly encouraged to apply.
Competition Closing Date
The closing date for the receipt of a complete application package is Friday, June 24, 2022.