Funding Opportunities for Rural Physician Research and Leadership

April 12, 2018

Rural Physician Research Grants Now Available
The Rural Physician Research Support Project is a new initiative which aims to empower rural physician researchers – or new aspiring researchers – to pursue innovative rural research and knowledge translation projects contributing to advancing rural health in BC. Through this project, rural physician researchers will be able to apply for research grants of up to $10,000 per year to support research activities. To be eligible, applicants must be a physician with experience practicing rural medicine and demonstrable extensive connections to rural communities. The research must be pertaining to health in rural BC.

To apply for this opportunity, please download the application forms from the Rural Coordination Centre of BC website and submit it to The deadline for the next round of submissions is May 31, 2018.

Rural Physician Leadership Bursaries Now Available

The purpose of the Rural Leadership Development Project is to increase opportunities for rural physicians to pursue leadership training and develop the skills and abilities to help bring system improvements that will benefit British Columbia’s rural populations. In addition to access to a formalized leadership program, participants will be offered a mentoring opportunity with a rural leader through UBC CPD’S Rural Physician Mentoring Program. As well, during the course of the training participants will be encouraged to participate as a guest (when invited) in two meetings of groups providing leadership in rural BC (e.g. Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues, Rural Coordination Centre of BC Core, Rural Issues Committee etc.). Such shadowing opportunities have been seen as important in grounding leadership training in real-life contexts.

The Rural Leadership Development Project allows rural physicians to access bursaries of up to $15,000 per year to support their participation in leadership training. To be eligible, applicants must have been working in an RSA Community for at least nine months of the past year and have health authority and community support for the training. The next application deadline is May 31, 2018.

For more information about this bursary program, please visit the RCCbc website or contact Lisa Hetu at the Rural Education Action Plan at 604-827-4188 or