IHE Graduate Award (Internship) - University of Calgary

Date of Posting: February 23, 2017
Application Deadline: March 13, 2017 11:59 pm MST
Salary: $7,000 for the equivalent of one semester (approx. 4 months, or part time for a period agreed upon by the candidate, supervisor, and IHE).
Note: For this award, internship work and payment are exclusive of existing graduate work and payment (see * below for details).


A need has been identified for greater development in health economics capacity, as well as greater collaboration between health economics researchers and policy makers, in Alberta. The Institute of Health Economics (IHE), in partnership with health economists from Alberta Health and the Universities of Alberta and Calgary, are working collaboratively to create a new internship. This traineeship will build such capacity by bringing together aspiring health economists, policy leaders, and researchers from academic, non-profit, and governmental sectors. This work is being supported by Alberta Health through the Health Economics and Funding Capacity (HFEC) Grant.

The IHE Internship will provide opportunities for the successful recipient to gain practice-based experience working on both his/her projects of interest, and on projects identified by program sponsors as Alberta Health priorities (http://www.health.alberta.ca/about/vision-mission.html). This practice-based experience will be complemented by the mentorship of an academic supervisor from the University of Calgary (UofC), a co-supervisor from IHE, and a sponsor at Alberta Health.

The IHE Internship will:

  • Develop highly skilled research analysts and health economists in Alberta
  • Support the Intern in developing research skills
  • Engage the Intern in broad practice-based experiences and professional development opportunities
  • Advance knowledge in health research and economic evaluation through publications and presentations

Eligibility and Requirements:

The IHE Graduate Student Internship is restricted to applicants with training and/or experience in the area of health economics. If Alberta Health data are used in the trainee’s project, work in Edmonton will be required, and relevant Alberta Health restrictions (e.g., preapproval of publications) will apply.

Applicants are required to:

  • Use the Internship application form (Download Internship application form)
  • Be enrolled at the UofC in an accredited Master or PhD Degree program focusing on health economics
  • Demonstrate the relevance of the Internship to their career goals
  • Negotiate a project topic with Alberta Health and IHE based on Alberta Health’s vision and priorities
  • Identify the support of a supervisor who has an academic appointment at UofC and membership within the O’Brien Institute for Public Health
  • Provide 2 letters of support, including one from the UofC academic supervisor
  • Commence the Internship after selection of successful candidate, at a time agreed upon by the sponsors and awardee
  • Present Internship work to IHE Board of Directors

*Please note that for the duration of the Internship, any graduate awards/stipends held by the candidate may be suspended by Graduate Studies.

Opportunities of the IHE Graduate Student Internship

Advisory Support and Mentorship

The awardee will report to a UofC Faculty member, be co-supervised by a staff member at IHE, and have a sponsor from Alberta Health. Applications need to confirm the interest of a current or proposed UofC faculty supervisor (who is also an O’Brien Institute member). Potential supervisors include some Faculty members of the Institute’s Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment group, for example. The sponsor (Alberta Health) and co-supervisor (IHE) will be assigned to the awardees, but applicants are welcome to indicate preferences (http://www.ihe.ca/about/staff-directory). The goal is to build the Fellow's capacity and networks for health economics research and its application to governmental policy.

Practice-based experience

The awardee will have the opportunity to work on health economics projects from multiple sectors within the health care industry. The Fellow will be exposed to multiple aspects of health economics research and policy development processes as well as the tools, frameworks, and methods that guide work at IHE and Alberta Health.

Professional Development

The awardee will have the opportunity to participate in professional development opportunities provided by IHE and Alberta Health, as appropriate.

Application Process:

Please submit the Internship application form (Download Internship application form) to [email protected] by March 13, 2017, 11:59 pm MST.

Review Process:

All applications will undergo review by a committee of O’Brien Institute members with expertise in health economics, and be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence of applicant
  • Academic excellence of academic supervisor
  • Quality of training environment
  • Quality and relevance of research proposal
  • Alignment of the applicants' skills and career aspirations to the objectives of the IHE Fellowship

Please contact [email protected] with any questions regarding these competitions.

For additional information, please visit the following link:  http://obrieniph.ucalgary.ca/research/internal-trainee-funding-opps