Latin American Studentship

As a component of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology’s efforts to enhance its global presence/impact, this studentship presents an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to conduct gastrointestinal-related research in a Canadian University or Research Center. The research project can be basic or clinical science, and related to any aspect of gastrointestinal function.



A maximum of one (1) award of $4,000 will be made.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant must be registered in a full-time undergraduate degree program or graduate program at a recognized university in Latin America. A letter attesting to this must be provided by the Departmental/Program Chair.
  • Student must be of good academic standing in their home institution.
  • Supervisor in Canada must be a CAG Regular member, in good standing, for at least three years.
  • Student must spend a minimum of twelve (12) weeks in Canada (it is the supervisor’s responsibility to ensure that all appropriate immigration and tax documentation is put in place). This successful awardee/supervisor will confirm a twelve-week term, at any time during the year following submission of the application, to implement this award.
  • It is anticipated that $4,000 will not cover the entire costs and that any shortfall will be provided by the Canadian supervisor (support from the University in Latin America, if available, or from Federal funding programs, may also be sought).
  • Funds can be used to cover travel costs, living expenses and research operating costs at the discretion of the CAG member (i.e. supervisor).


Application Process

Step One: Application Submission - Deadline is November 15 11:59 PM ET

Please note that any submissions received after the deadline will be considered for the following year.

Candidates are required to submit an online application.

Submission Requirements

This online form must be completed in one single session. This form cannot save your information to return to at a later time.

The Supervisor will need to:
a) Provided the required documentation outlined below for upload
b. Verify the authenticity of the Trainee's transcripts by initialling and dating each page
c) Verify the authenticity of any letter(s) of support by initialling and dating each page

Required documentation to be uploaded:
1. Copies of transcripts from your ongoing degree, initialled and dated on each page by your Supervisor
2. Summary of your research-related experience, including a list of references/publications (maximum 1 page)
3. Research proposal provided by your Supervisor (maximum 2 pages)
4. Supervisor's research funding details
5. Supervisor's experience (i.e., trainees and their details)
6. Supervisor's publications
7. Letter(s) of Support (optional)

Upon successful submission, you will be redirected to a confirmation webpage and will receive an email from us. If this does not occur, please contact the CAG National Office.


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Step Two: Review

The applications will be reviewed by the CAG Research Affairs. The successful applicant will be notified by December 15. Funding will be provided in advance of the twelve-week term confirmed by the applicant/supervisor.

Step Three: Approval

Criteria for support: academic and research standing of the applicant, letters of support for the applicant, scientific excellence of the proposal, quality of the proposed supervisor and the research environment, relevance to GI research and potential value to the applicant and their home institution.

Step Four: Post-Program Submission

A short summary (1-2 pages) of your work, including results and a list of any publications (abstracts, papers, and presentations) must be submitted no later than one month after completion of the award term.

Submit Post-Program Materials