The endMS Scholar Program for Researchers IN Training (SPRINT) is a national training program aimed to enhance knowledge and skills related to MS research among trainees and increase opportunities to conduct MS research in Canada.
To be eligible, applicants must be in one of the following situations:
- enrolled in a graduate program at a Canadian university
- hold a postdoctoral/clinical fellowship (must have completed their PhD in the last 4 years or less at the time of the application) at a Canadian university
- completed graduate training and currently enrolled in an undergraduate program (e.g. M.D. program) at a Canadian university
Applicants who are accepted into SPRINT must be enrolled in a program with full time status during their participation in SPRINT (June 2017 to June 2018).
Benefits of the Program
SPRINT is designed for the elite MS trainee with an interest in
enhancing knowledge and skill in MS research, taking part in
interdisciplinary, collaborative research and establishing
valuable connections among peers in the field. SPRINT is
intended to be pursued as a supplement to the research
conducted by the trainees at their institutions.
Trainees accepted in the program participate in two consecutive annual endMS Summer Schools and career development sessions as well as in active learning components that are pursued throughout the academic year (such as an interdisciplinary learning project, mentorship, and inter-institution research transfer opportunities). The goal of the interdisciplinary learning projects is to provide trainees with the unique opportunity to expand their areas of research interest in a structured program under the supervision of a SPRINT mentor and in collaboration with two co-trainees from different disciplines.
Trainees enrolled in endMS SPRINT will:
- Participate in the next two consecutive endMS Summer Schools.
- Receive travel awards to attend: the next two endMS Summer Schools and one small group mentored meeting.
- Be eligible to apply for one inter-institution research transfer (separate application required).
- Participate in an interdisciplinary learning project.
- Be assigned an endMS SPRINT mentor and participate in team mentored learning.
- Receive an endMS SPRINT stipend of $2,500.
Duration of the program: 13 months - Beginning with the first Summer School and ending following the next Summer School.
- Competition Opens: December 2, 2016
- Application Deadline: February 6, 2017 at 16:00 EST
- Anticipated Notice of Decision: April 2017
- Program Start Date: June 2017
Current and Past SPRINT Participants
What former SPRINTers have said about their experience in the program:
“The interdisciplinary projects encourage trainees to explore MS-related topics outside of their own field with an interdisciplinary group of colleagues. This interaction fosters the development of a variety of skills that are crucial to conducting meaningful research, and that can often not be obtained in individual academic programs.”
“SPRINT – through its career development workshops, intensive summer school curriculum, and mentorship from senior MS researchers – not only fills vital gaps in graduate training, but makes the transition from trainee to researcher seem less daunting.”
“Participating in SPRINT was a logical next step in my training as I had been involved in MS research for several years, I was excited to learn about the different dimensions of multiple sclerosis addressed outside of my own field of study and to work with people from other disciplines who were approaching MS research with a unique perspective.”
“The program not only pairs individuals who share the common goal of enhancing the lives of people living with MS and their families, but also provides exposure to an area of MS research that they would likely have never explored,”
“I think our project has the potential to really help people with MS in their daily lives...I have not only gained confidence in my ability to see a project through to completion, present in public and work as a team but have also developed potential research collaborations. I feel honoured to be a part of this unique network.”
We are pleased to share with you editions of the endMS
Spotlight on the Future newsletter. In these editions, you will
be introduced to the graduating SPRINTers and their SPRINT
2016 endMS Spotlight on the Future
2015 endMS Spotlight on the Future
2014 - SPRINT Spotlight on the Future - Third Edition
2013 - SPRINT Spotlight on the Future - Second Edition
2012 - SPRINT Spotlight on the Future - First Edition
Program Manager: Ms. Anik Schoenfeldt
Tel: (514) 843-1442/ 1-877-288-2570
Program Director: Dr. Christina Wolfson
Tel: (514) 934-1934 ext. 44739
endMS Network Training Office
Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
1025 Pine Avenue W., AMI - P2.028
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1A1
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