Graduate Grant

A matched salary-stipend award for graduate students conducting NeuroCAM studies.


Our graduate grant is a matched salary-stipend award for graduate students conducting NeuroCAM studies at partnering universities. Students selected for funding will be awarded a $22,000 salary for the September – August academic year. The student’s academic supervisor will contribute* 40% of the salary value (i.e. $8,800). This grant is for a one-year duration.

2024 Special Opportunity with My Normative: Bridging the Sex and Gender Gap in Brain Research 

My Normative is a health research platform that allows researchers to easily collect, manage, and analyze hormonal fluctuations in the menstruating human participants in their studies. Through MyNormative, researchers can account for variability related to human sex and gender that might influence other variables of interest. MyNormative allows researchers to conduct gender-based analyses in humans with ease. The MyNormative platform will be made available to 2 graduate grant recipients. Those interested in being considered to use this platform can express interest in their graduate application. Note: Expressing interest will NOT affect the review of an application for funding. Visit for more information. 


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Important Information

Eligibility​ and Conditions

  • Research must be in the area of NeuroCAM.
  • Applicants are required to identify a supervisor/mentor (an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor) from an accredited university for the project who will guide and review the student’s activities.
  • Applicants can be Canadian or international students working on their project at one of the following universities:
    • University of Alberta
    • University of Calgary
    • University of Lethbridge
    • University of Northern British Columbia
    • University of Toronto
    • University of Saskatchewan
    • University of Victoria
    • MacEwan University
    • Mount Royal University
  • Applicants must be registered in a graduate degree program. If the applicant is not already in a graduate program, funding is contingent on their acceptance to the specific lab and program.
  • PhD students applying for this grant must be pre-candidacy at the time of application.
  • The supervisor contribution can be supplied by broader departmental funding or directly from the supervisor.
  • If the research work requires either human or animal ethics clearance, evidence of that clearance must be sent to Branch Out before studentship funds will be released.
  • Applicants must supply copies of unofficial transcripts (graduate and undergraduate) and have one academic reference from their supervisor submitted by the grant application deadline, with an optional second reference.  The project supervisor must be one of the references.
  • If the student holds multiple awards, the combined funds for personal salary between Branch Out and other awards cannot exceed $40,000. If the personal salary for the applicant exceeds $40,000, Branch Out will adjust funding such that the student will receive a combined total of $40,000 from all sources.