Are you interested in improving population health?

Join the SMART Healthy Cities Training Platform. 

This program was developed to train the next generation of researchers in implementation science using food and food systems to improve population health.

The SMART Healthy Cities Training Platform welcomes undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows in the following disciplines:

  • Public Heath, Epidemiology
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Primary Care and Health Policy
  • Food Science and Food Systems
  • Agriculture
  • Indigenous studies
  • Engineering
  • Economics
  • Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Applied Math
  • Social Sciences
  • Other related disciplines

The Application Process

Step 1

Apply to home institution and department

Applicants are encouraged to contact academic partners in the training network to enquire about availability of graduate supervision and opportunities 

Applicants must be accepted to one of 10 participating Canadian institutions before applying to the SMART Training Platform.

Applicants will need to adhere to application deadlines and their home institution (and department).

Step 2

Apply to the SMART Training Platform

Applicants must complete the online Application Form

Please note that you will be asked to upload the following documents.

Cover letter describing your research interests and why you would like to pursue training as part of the SMART Training Platform. See notes below.

Confirmation of acceptance at home institution/program

Transcripts from last 60 credit hours or most recent.

Step 3

Review of Applications

Applicant will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee and short-listed candidates will be invited to a virtual interview

During the interview, each candidate will be given an opportunity to speak to ways of knowing and engagement with healthy/smart cities principles based on personal identity and experience

Step 4

Letter of

Successful applicants will receive a Letter of Acceptance from the Admissions Committee

Trainees must be accepted by both the home institution and training platform

IMPORTANT cover letter notes

  • Applicants should indicate their home institution and department and may indicate a potential supervisor.
  • Applicants should identify specific activities and accomplishments in courses (or other academic pursuits) that demonstrate academic strengths.  If relevant, applicants may describe life circumstances that have been barriers to pursuing extracurricular activities in the cover letter.   
  • Applicants are expected to demonstrate potential to excel in the training program by providing evidence of relevant work, volunteer and lived experience.  

Ready to apply?

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