Current Opportunities

Mitacs and Kids Brain Health Network partner to support children with disabilities during COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and with the goal of promoting an inclusive response for those with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families, a new partnership between Mitacs and Kids Brain Health Network provides leveraged funding to support interns working on challenges specific to this vulnerable population. To learn more about this training opportunity in collaboration with Mitacs, read our article.


KBHN-CASDA Policy Development Practicum Awards

  • ~6 Month Practicum Activity Award
  • 5 positions available ($2000 stipend, plus travel to Canadian Autism Leadership Summit in Ottawa, April 20-21, 2020)
  • see more details and application materials

Investigator/Trainee Initiated Internship & Practicum Placement Opportunities

We are looking for eager and enthusiastic trainees interested in exploring new paths! Whether as an enhancement to your present training or as a transition toward an alternative career path, Kids Brain Health provides financial support for internships and practicum opportunities in industry or community organization settings. Internships and practica are open to all disciplines that engage with the health sector at Canadian universities/institutions, health care centres, and engaged community organizations. All post-baccalaureate trainees, graduate students, and post-graduate trainees at Canadian universities are eligible. We are also seeking partners and investigators who are receptive to giving bright and well-trained analytical minds an exposure to new perspectives and career opportunities. Further information regarding standing call for internships and practicum placement opportunities can be found here.

How to Apply

  • Contact Doug Swanson to indicate your interest in pursuing an internship or practicum
  • An application form will then be sent for you and your mentor to download and complete
  • Send the completed form to

Travel Scholarships

The Kids Brain Health Trainee Travel Scholarships are a way for us to connect with trainees interested in developmental neurosciences. Travel awards are offered to trainees who have joined our Trainee Network (as an Associate Trainee or Network Trainee) and are active in KBHN training events.

The Training Program is offering up to 20 travel scholarships (of up to $500) to help offset the cost of attendance at conferences, workshops, or courses with a focus on developmental and behavioral neurosciences or specialty conferences critical to career advancement. Applications are reviewed twice per year: September 1st for Fall/Winter Conferences and March 15th for Spring/Summer.

Please Note: The Spring/Summer deadline for Travel Scholarships are due no later than MARCH 15, 2020


  • Applicants must be a Network/Associate Trainee Member
  • One application may be submitted per student per year
  • Students can apply before receiving acceptance to present at a conference
  • Preference will be given to students who are in the early stages of their academic career

Please note that while priority will be given to those trainees presenting (talks or posters) at these conferences, if you are not presenting at the meeting, provide a sound justification for attending the meeting in your cover letter.  The goal of these awards is to encourage our Network trainees to attend these valuable networking and educational events.

How to Apply

  • Download and fill out the Trainee Travel Application form
  • Provide a copy of your presentation abstract
  • Provide a cover letter from you and your supervisor
  • Include an abbreviated C.V. with a recent publications list
  • Send entire package as a PDF to


Laboratory Exchange Opportunities 


Kids Brain Health Lab Exchange Scholarships are a great way to enrich training, research career development and potentially strengthen collaborations across the KBHN community. Eligible opportunities should enhance training in basic and/or clinical approaches in developmental neurosciences or experience engaging with community organizations that collaborate with KBHN research programs.

The Lab Exchange Scholarship offers travel and accommodation support of up to $2000 (depending on duration and expressed need). Experiences could range from 2-3 days or 1-2 weeks in length, depending on the circumstances. Additional outside support is encouraged (i.e. Fellowship or Grant contributions, or institutional support are acceptable). For further information, contact

How to Apply

  • Download and fill out a Lab Exchange Application
  • Write a cover letter explaining how this exchange fits into your career development and/or present research plan
  • Include a Mentoring and Activity Plan, created along with your mentor and guest mentor
  • Submit a letter from the host mentor, describing their specific role in your training and overseeing your exchange
  • Include a budget request breakdown of required travel and accommodations, as well as any supporting funds you may receive from other sources
  • Submit abbreviated CVs from yourself as the trainee, your supervisor, and host exchange mentor