Important Dates

  • Applications Open: April 1, 2021
  • Applications Close: May 31, 2021
  • Anticipated Notice of Decision: June 30, 2021


The Centre of Excellence launched its scholarships to build capacity within the research field of Veterans’ chronic pain. Through supporting the next generation of researchers, the Centre of Excellence hopes to foster a stronger research community that will advance both future pain research and Veteran well-being.

This scholarship was established in 2021 in loving memory of François Dupéré (François), who passed away on January 20, 2021. François was a valued member of the Centre of Excellence’s Advisory Council for Veterans and an inspiration to the Veteran community. 

While deployed overseas in Afghanistan, François was severely wounded by a suicide bomber. Although doctors were not initially optimistic about his recovery, François’ mental strength and relentless spirit allowed him to pull through a series of twenty medical operations. Not one to accept physical limitations, François recovered to participate in many expeditions, such as the International Four Days Marches Nijmegen, the Island Peak climb in Nepal, and the Kilimanjaro and Machu Picchu summits. François consistently shared his experiences with other Veterans discussing topics such as resilience, motivation, and self-development. François lived in Quebec, Canada, and was also an advocate for the Francophone community. 

To honour François and his lasting legacy, the Centre of Excellence established this scholarship to support a Francophone graduate student pursuing studies at the Master’s level in the field of Veterans’ chronic pain.  

For the purposes of this competition, the Centre of Excellence is using Statistics Canada’s definition of ‘Francophone.’ Click here for further information.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must:

  • Be a Francophone Canadian citizen, or a Francophone Permanent Resident of Canada;
  • Be registered in a Master’s program at a recognized Canadian university;
  • Conduct supervised research in chronic pain with a focus on Canadian Armed Forces Veterans that is relevant to the Centre of Excellence's Vision and Mission;
  • Demonstrate high academic achievement. 

Funding Available

The total amount available for this scholarship is $20,000 CAD per year for up to a maximum of two (2) years.

How To Apply

The Centre of Excellence uses an e-mail application process. Please complete the Scholarship Application and the Terms and Conditions and submit both documents in PDF format, along with all required attachments, via e-mail to


All Scholarship Applications are adjudicated by the Centre of Excellence. All applicants will be notified of the results of the adjudication. 


Click here to view our Funding Guidelines, which provide further information on application, review, results, funding, integrity, and Sex and Gender-Based Analysis Plus (SGBA)+. All applicants are expected to read these guidelines thoroughly before applying. Applications that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be considered. 

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