MEMORANDUM: Invitation of Expressions of Interest for the 2021 Canada Research Chair Competition – Deadline Monday March 29th



Dear Colleagues,

The Faculty of Medicine has launched the 2021 Canada Research Chair (CRC) Competition for up to four Tier 1 and up to three Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs in any field of research aligned to the Faculty of Medicine strategic plan, through a competition open to FoM Departments, Schools with Centres, and Institutes as partners.

As the UBC Department of Psychiatry is eligible to submit up to three applications for internal or external Tier 1 and/or Tier 2 Chairs, we are inviting formal expressions of interest from eligible faculty members from the four federally designated groups, namely women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, and visible minorities/members of groups that are racially categorized. Please note that only applicants belonging to any of the four federally designated groups are eligible for this competition.

In addition to meeting the criteria outlined above, faculty must be full-time and tenure-stream to be eligible for an internal chair position. All other candidates, including partner track and clinical faculty, are welcome to apply and will be considered together with the external chairs. Tier 1 Chairs are seven-year positions, renewable once, intended for experienced researchers who are world leaders in their fields, while Tier 2 Chairs are five-year positions, renewable once, intended for exceptional emerging scholars who have the potential to lead in their fields. Full details can be found here:

Eligible faculty are asked to submit their formal expressions of interest to Dr. Sophia Frangou ( by Monday March 29th. You must include:

  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A letter of interest describing your qualifications and research plans for a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Chair
  • A document describing how your area of research aligns with the Departmental as well as Faculty of Medicine priorities as reflected in the strategic plans

Applications will undergo a review and adjudication process by the departmental Executive Committee, in accordance with the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) guidelines for recruiting and nominating CRCs, and selection criteria will include strategic alignment with departmental priorities as identified in the current strategic plan.



Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Sophia Frangou, Associate Head, Research & International Affairs, UBC Department of Psychiatry