Faculty Awards and Funding

Continuing Professional Development administers the following competitions and awards which support and recognize leadership in professional development, innovation and continuing education.

Faculty Development Mini Fellowships


The CPD Faculty Development Mini Fellowship grant is intended to support faculty engaging in professional development opportunities to enhance their roles as teachers, researchers, and administrators. Grants of up to $5000.00 are available to Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry faculty members from London, the Windsor Campus, and the Distributed Academies. 

The next competition will open Wednesday, January 11, 2023 and close on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 11:59 pm (EST).

Congratulations to the following Fall 2021 award winners who have recently completed their mini fellowships:

• Mason Leschyna, Family Medicine (Windsor), “Certified Health Executive Program”
• Christine Bell, Physiology & Pharmacology (London), “Scholarship of Teaching & Learning by Design”

The Fall 2022 competition attracted many strong applications. Congratulations to the following award recipients:
• Kristen Clemens, Medicine (London), “Certificate In Leadership Excellence”
• Jason Chui, Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine (London), “Health Leadership: Achieving Your Potential”
• Catalina Casas Lopez, Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine (London), “ACLS Virtual Reality Simulation”
• Dhiraj Dhanjani, Surgery (Sarnia), “OMA Physician Leadership Course”
• Michael Sanatani, Medical Oncology (London), “Training to Teach in Medicine”

Priority will be given to applications which
• clearly demonstrate anticipated benefit to the applicant's roles in their department/division, and across the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
• are supported by additional funds from the applicant's department/division or Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry unit
• align with the strategic directions of Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

For further details of the award goals and the application requirements please review the guidelines below carefully. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Application Guidelines

Application Template

Examples of Past Funded Applications

  • "Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers"

  • "Program for Educators in Health Professions"

  • "Case Writing and Teaching Workshop"

  • "Unconscious Bias Learning Lab for Health Professions"

  • "Applied Compositional Data Analysis"

If you have questions about the award or the application process, email cpd@schulich.uwo.ca and include "Mini Fellowship Award" in the subject line.

Submit completed applications, with all required components, as a single PDF file to  cpd@schulich.uwo.ca with the subject line: "Mini Fellowship Application". Application components required to be included in the submission can be found in the application guidelines.



CPD Innovation & Research Grant

The CPD Innovation & Research Grant (CPD IRG) is intended to support scholarly activities and research relevant to the strategic directions of Continuing Professional Development at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University (CPD Office).

Grants up to $10,000 are available to Schulich faculty to cover applicable costs accrued in the development of CPD-related innovative projects or CPD research. Grants are not intended to cover costs already incurred.

To view the grant guidelines and applicable documentation, view the links below.

CPD IRG Guidelines
Application Checklist
Application Form (Form A)
Abstract (Form B)
Budget Form

The deadline to submit applications for the 2022-2023 competition is now closed.

If you have questions about the application process, please email cpd@schulich.uwo.ca.

CPD Innovation & Research Grant Recipients

2021 - 2022 Competition (awarded Summer 2021):

  • Deployment of Sustainable Integrated Education Platform within an Ontario Health Team. Shanil Narayan, Regional Academic Director Huron Perth Academy. Co-Applicants: Jacob Matusinec, Family Medicine; Alis Bonsignore. Program Director, Healthy Hearts Cardiac Rehabilitation.
  • Development and Evaluation of a Novel Tile-based Digital Image Classification Application for Continuing Professional Development in Pathology. Matthew Cecchini, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Co-Applicants: Emily Goebel, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
  • Needs assessment among Medicine Faculty supervising Quality Improvement Interactive Teaching Modules. Louise Moist, Department of Medicine - Division of Nephrology. Co-Applicants: Alan Gob, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology.

2019 - 2020 Competition (awarded March 2020):

  • CardioGuide: A Novel Competency-Based Continuing Professional Development Curriculum for Cardiology. Daniel Durocher, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology. Co-Applicants: Atul Jaidka, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology; Pavel Anteperovitch, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
  • Stroke Facts and Clot Busting: An Interactive Online Stroke Learning Platform for South Western Ontario Physicians.  Lauren Mai, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences - Neurology. Co-Applicants: Mary Jenkins, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences - Neurology; Anita Florendo-Cumbermack, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences - Neurology; Courtney Casserly, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences - Neurology
  • Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Adopting Active Learning in Medical Education.  Sarah McLean, Departments of Physiology & Pharmacology and Anatomy & Cell Biology. Co-Applicant: Fabiana Crowley, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Needs Assessment - Perspectives on peri-operative assessment of frailty in older patients undergoing elective surgery. Jenny Thain, Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine

Research Grant Writing Resources:

How to write an educational research grant: AMEE Guide No. 101 (Blanco et al., 2015)

10 Tips for Successful Grant Writing (Chasan-Taber, 2018)

Joining a conversation: the problem/gap/hook heuristic (Lingard, 2015)

Schulich Research Office Grant Writing Resources

Awards of Excellence

Awarded annually to recognize and encourage the ongoing development of outstanding contributions in teaching, program development, administration, research or scholarly activity. The following awards are supported by Continuing Professional Development:

  • Schulich Faculty Development Award, $2,000 cash prize
  • Schulich Continuing Medical Education Educator Award, $2,000 cash prize
2022 Award Recipients:
  • Dr. James Ross, Faculty Development Award
  • Dr. Varinder Dua, Continuing Medical Education Educator Award


The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has additional funding opportunities listed below. The Centre for Education Research & Innovation (CERI) and the Schulich Research Office also offer resources and support for faculty.

Faculty Support for Research in Education (FSRE)

Faculty Support for Research in Education (FSRE) grants are intended to facilitate and enable scholarship in education at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. These grants are intended to support full-scale education research projects and pilot projects where there is a plan to collect preliminary data in preparation for a larger upcoming application to an external funding agency. Proposals may involve quantitative and/or qualitative approaches. Proposals for scoping reviews and meta-analyses that are eligible for scientific publication may also be submitted.

Click here to learn more about the FSRE.

Citywide Department of Family Medicine Special Project Fund

Each calendar year, the Citywide Department of Family Medicine may offer to its members two grant competitions for special projects related to improving quality of care within family medicine in London. Each grant will not exceed $7500. Where circumstances warrant, two separate projects of similar merit may be awarded up to the maximum of $7500 per competition. The maximum amount awarded in any calendar year is $15,000. Projects that would be suitable for funding include but are not limited to the following: quality improvement projects, organization of conferences or symposia, program development.

Click here to learn more about the Special Project Fund.