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This program is now closed for NEW applications until further notice.  After 10 years of funding from the Canadian Institute for Health Research, the program's funding has been come to an end. We would like to thank CIHR for the tremendous financial support the agency has given the program over the years. With its support, we have been able to train over 80 students that have contributed to a vibrant and impressive bioinformatics environment in British Columbia and Canada.  The program has been a remakable success!

We are looking into other funding sources so that we can build on the accomplishments of the program.


Until then, please see the links below for other bioinformatics opportunites in British Columbia:


Program students who are now enrolled will not be affected by this closure in anyway.


Bioinformatics Training Program for Health Research

The CIHR bioinformatics training program operates as a scholarship program for a select number of students who are undertaking a Bioinformatics M.Sc. degree at either the University of British Columbia or Simon Fraser University.


Applications  for this program are now closed for 2014. If you have any questions, please contact


If you are not accepted into this scholarship program, you must find your own supervisor from the mentor/faculty list. Once you have done this, please contact

Graduate Studies in Bioinformatics

If you are majoring in one of the following areas:

  • biological discipline (biology, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, medicine)
  • quantitative science (computer science, mathematics, physics, engineering, statistics)

If you have significant experience in a second one of these fields, and strong academic qualifications, the Strategic Training Program in Bioinformatics might be what you're looking for. You can study in Vancouver, BC, Canada for an MSc or PhD.

Scholarships are available for applicants to MSc and PhD programs, with strong academic qualifications.

The Strategic Training Program in Bioinformatics is a partnership among Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and the BC Cancer Research Centre, and is sponsored by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

In addition to academic course work, students will conduct research rotations in both computational and biologically-oriented laboratories, and the program's mentors will personally guide your progress.

Read over the material here, especially the FAQ section, and contact us by e-mail if you need more information.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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