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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 (May 2023- April 2024) in primary health care research skills and interdisciplinary theory & processes includes:

  • An on-site Symposium in the Spring of 2023
  • Two 3-week online research skill development workshops
  • Two 8-week online interdisciplinary discussion groups

Why apply to TUTOR-PHC?

  • Primary health care research training including an intensive one-week Symposium
  • Earn University Credit, MAINPRO+ credits and Certificate of Completion
  • Valuable feedback on your own primary health care project
  • Mentorship from experienced interdisciplinary primary health care researchers and decision-makers & networking experiences with 200+ pan-Canadian alumni
  • Interdisciplinary team experience

Application process 

Applications should be emailed to by 10th December 2022. 

Please submit no more than one A4 page detailing how you would benefit from being a TUTOR-PHC participant,  what you could offer the programme cohort and how you would share your experience with the SPCR.  

Applications should NOT be submitted directly to the programme office in Canada.

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.  

View further details about the programme. 

The SPCR will fund the programme fee for the successful applicant and also cover the travel costs to Canada..

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), Oliver van Hecke (Oxford), Jessica Watson (Bristol) and Sara McKelvie (Southampton).

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.