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Call for applications - 2019 NCCPH KT Awards for Graduate Students

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NCCPH Knowledge Translation Graduate Student Awards





The purpose of the awards is to recognize the work of graduate students regarding knowledge translation in public health in Canada.  Defined by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, knowledge translation is a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically-sound application of knowledge to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products and strengthen the health care system.



Up to three awards will be given annually at the CPHA Annual Conference. Travel, accommodation and registration fees to attend Public Health 2019, will be covered up to a maximum of $1,500. Following the conference, the award winners will be required to give one NCCPH webinar on their topic as an opportunity to make their work known within public health networks in Canada.



Applications will be accepted from individual students only, not pairs or groups. While we acknowledge that no student works in isolation, the focus of the award is on the individual student’s role in the project, and that role must be described in addition to the overall project.

The award is open to students from Canadian academic institutions who meet the following criteria:

  • Must be the student’s own work (with input from faculty and mentors).
  • Focus of the thesis or project must be knowledge translation in public health.
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program (full or part-time) or completed a graduate degree in the last 12 months.
  • Enrolled (or previously enrolled) in a discipline relevant to public health (defined broadly, can include, for example, geography, planning, public policy).     

Knowledge translation projects that are not eligible include:

  • Knowledge translation done as part of paid employment or a research assistant position. 
  • Projects conducted outside of public health.
  • A plan for a project (as opposed to reporting on a project that is underway or completed).
  • Project that is passive dissemination (presenting at a conference, publishing in a journal)


Application Guidelines

Return the completed application form and supporting documentation by December 21, 2018 to the Canadian Public Health Association Conference Department by e-mail to or by mail to 404-1525 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1Z 8R9  

The application must include the following items:

  • Completed application form
  • Describe how your academic work (course work, academic papers and/or thesis) is developing, implementing and/or evaluating public health knowledge translation strategies. [2 page maximum, 1” margins, minimum 11 point font]
  • Letter of support from your faculty or academic supervisor that includes confirmation of your current program of study (or program attendance within the past 12 months) and academic institution.


Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed and scored according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance to knowledge translation in public health
  • Creativity/innovation shown in the project
  • Scholarliness of the project
  • Potential impact of the project
  • Quality and degree of support of academic supervisor

Preference will be given to students who are implementing and evaluating the knowledge translation strategy with public health staff, managers or policy-makers.

An NCCPH subcommittee will review and score the applications and make recommendations to the NCCPH Leads for approval.


Award Deadlines

  • Application Deadline                       December 21, 2018
  • Notice to Successful Recipients      February 15, 2019
  • Deadline for Acceptance                 February 28, 2019


If you have questions, please contact Donna Ciliska at