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Beverley Phillips Rising Star Program

This scholarship/fellowship program, established in 2014, honors the commitment of the donors to promote graduate education in autoimmune, inflammatory, immunological and infectious disorders.


The award aims to recruit outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to innovative basic science and translational research training within the Snyder Institute through the offer of highly competitive scholarships/fellowships.


Applications are solicited from interested prospective trainees prior to the start in a graduate or postdoctoral program at the University of Calgary. For graduate scholarships, the award is contingent on acceptance into a full-time MSc or PhD program at the University of Calgary under the supervision of a full member of the Snyder Institute.



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Where Tenable

Snyder Institute, University of Calgary


  • $15,000 and research allowance of up to $2,000 for MSc
  • $20,000 and research allowance of up to $2,000 for PhD
  • $30,000 and research allowance of up to $2,000 for PDF

The award guarantees annual stipends of $25,000 (MSc), $30,000 (PhD) and $50,000 (PDF). 

Applicants must provide a letter of support from their research supervisors committing to provide a component of the award ($10,000 for MSc, $10,000 for PhD, and $20,000 for PDF) per year.


Two years, subject to annual renewal


The purpose of this award is to attract students who will be highly competitive for internal and external awards on the basis of their academic performance and research program. Students holding these awards are expected to apply for internal or external awards or grants for which they are eligible, including those from provincial or national agencies. The Snyder component of the award will be pro-rated by the amount obtained from other sources.

Renewal is contingent upon internal review of applications for internal/external scholarships, annual review of progress (including participation in Snyder academic activities) and a letter of support from the supervisor.

Applications Deadline

The next deadline is March 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm. 


 Completed forms should be submitted to

Beverley Phillips Scholars 2016

Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • Dr. Arthur Lau  (University of Western Ontario)  
    Supervisor: Dr. Dan Muruve
  • Dr. Matheus Carneiro (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil)
    Supervisor: Dr. Nathan Peters
  • Dr. Kyle Flannagan (McMaster University; Georgia State University, USA)
    Supervisor: Dr. Simon Hirota
  • Dr. Mokarram Hossain (University of Sasketchewan)
    Supervisor: Dr. Paul Kubes

PhD Students:

  • Ania Zuba (U of C; University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
    Supervisor: Dr. Paul Kubes
  • Jaye Platnich (U of C; Leaders in Medicine Program)
    Supervisor: Dr. Dan Muruve
  • Rhiannon Campden (McGill University)
    Supervisor: Dr. Robin Yates
  • Ben Ewenchuk (University of Victoria)
    Supervisor:  Dr. Robin Yates
  • Xi Tan (Nanjing University, China)
    Supervisor: Dr. George Chaconas

MSc Students:

  • Erik van Tilburg Bernardes (University of Alfenas, Brazil)
    Supervisor: Dr. Shawn Lewenza
  • Esther Lee (McGill University)
    Supervisor: Dr. Bryan Yipp
  • Adam Shute (New England College, New Hampshire, USA)
    Supervisor: Dr. Derek McKay
  • Nicholas Osten (Queen’s University)
    Supervisor: Dr. Tony Schryvers
  • Justin Lee (Queen’s University)
    Supervisor: Dr. Pere Santamaria

External/Major internal awards to BPSP recipients

 Dr. Arthur Lau – AIHS Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr. Mokarram Hossain – Alberta Cancer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Rhiannon Campden – Multiple Sclerosis Society Graduate Scholarship

Ben Ewanchuk – Multiple Sclerosis Society graduate Scholarship

Erik van Tilburg Bernardes – Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Justin Lee – Cumming School of Medicine Graduate Scholarship

The Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases was named in 2008 in honour of Joan Snyder and her parents, who she credits for teaching her the value of philanthropy. It is a group of more than 104 clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists who are impacting and changing the lives of people suffering from chronic diseases, including sepsis, MRSA, cystic fibrosis, type-1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. For more information on the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases, please visit us at or follow us on Twitter @SnyderInstitute.