Tri-Council announces special response fund for Ukraine trainees 

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The Government of Canada has announced special funding to enable students to continue their research work in Canada. The launch of the Special Response Fund for Trainees (Ukraine) will provide research trainees from Ukraine with support in the form of supplements to existing grants. 

Recognizing the crucial role of science, academics and research, this special fund provides relief and assistance to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers directly impacted by the invasion of Ukraine. It is administered by Canada’s three federal research funding agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). 

Active and eligible Tri-Council grant-holders can apply for this special supplement by completing and submitting an application. The fund will allow up to $20,000 for the master’s level, $25,000 for the doctoral level, and up to $45,000 for the post-doctoral level. Funding will be in the form of supplements for salaries and stipends that may extend for up to one year. Applications will be accepted using a continuous intake up to Dec. 22.

This temporary funding will help trainees currently in Canada who were expected to return to the country in 2022 but are not able to do so. Trainees currently in Ukraine who wish to continue their planned studies and research in Canada are welcome to apply. Eligible grant holders will be required to complete and submit a short application to their particular research funding agency. 

For further information on the Special Response Fund for Trainees (Ukraine), visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. Application submissions and direct inquiries may be directed to York University Research Officer Suzette Fernandes at