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Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research - Primary Health Care

TUTOR-PHC is a one-year, national interdisciplinary research training program funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF) with representation from the disciplines of: Family Medicine, Nursing, Psychology, Epidemiology, Social Work, Sociology , Education and many others. The School will hold competition to select the candidate.

The innovative curriculum of this one-year certificate program in primary health care research skills and interdisciplinary theory & processes includes:

    • An on-site Symposium in the Spring of 2022 (will be virtual if COVID-19 protocols remain in place)
    • Two 3-week online research skill development workshops
    • Two 7-8-week online interdisciplinary discussion groups
    • Fall: present your own research project and receive interdisciplinary feedback
    • Winter: work with an interdisciplinary team to create a research proposal

Application process 

Please be aware that the deadline for applications this year has now passed.

The programme is aimed at early career researchers/ trainees. Applicants do not have to be in receipt of SPCR funding but they must be a member of one of the nine SPCR members.

This opportunity is eligible to any colleague based in one of the nine SPCR primary care department but the programme is particularly aimed at primary care researchers who are mid-career clinicians, post doctoral researchers or doctoral students.  Details about the programme can be found here 

The SPCR will fund the programme fee for the successful applicant and also cover the travel costs to Canada (COVID regulations permitting).

The following criteria will be used to judge the submissions:

  • Demonstrable commitment to academic career with strong research component
  • Likelihood of success in such a career, as judged from progress to date (e.g. grants, publications, presentations, etc.)
  • Likelihood of future leadership potential as judged from progress to date (e.g. leading  something in clinical, personal or academic arena).
  • Connections with SPCR to date
  • Commitment to inter-disciplinary working, as evidenced from track record – e.g. multi-disciplinary research projects, or teaching, or clinical work. 
  • Likely contribution to the programme
  • Articulation of what candidate would gain from programme
  • Strength of candidate's plans to share the experience with SPCR community

SPCR funded candidates include:

Past SPCR Trainees to attend this programme are Matthew Ridd (Bristol), Emma Bray (Birmingham), Saima Ali (Southampton), Jasmin Knopp (Manchester), Clair Taylor (Birmingham), Grace Moran (Birmingham), Ben Fletcher (Oxford), Ben Ainsworth (Southampton), Gemma Marshall (Keele), Ryc Aquino (Cambridge), Kelly Birtwell (Manchester), Aleksandra Borek (Oxford), Daniel Stow (Newcastle), Anna de Simoni (QMUL) and Oliver van Hecke (Oxford).

You can read blogs about the TUTOR-PHC programme written by our Trainees, listed on the left of this page. 


We are very happy with our affiliation with your School. Your trainees have made substantial contributions to the learning environment at TUTOR. It is a wonderful opportunity, not only for your candidate, but also for all the trainees to rub shoulders with international colleagues 

- Moira Stewart, TUTOR-PHC Mentor, University of Western Ontario.