Graduate Student Fellowship Awards

Congratulations to the 2018–2019 Alzheimer Society of Manitoba Fellowship Award Recipient!

Deanne O’Rourke, a clinical nurse specialist and a doctoral candidate in the College of Nursing at the University of Manitoba, is this year’s recipient of the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba Fellowship Award. Her research involves video feedback training designed to help health care aides enhance communication with residents with dementia living in long term care. She hopes the video recordings will be a powerful tool in promoting person-centred care by looking at day-to-day interactions with residents.

Click here for a detailed description about O’Rourke’s research, which is entitled, “A Pilot Study of a Video Feedback Intervention to Enhance Long-Term Care Aides’ Person-Centred Dementia Communication.”

Application Process

The Alzheimer Fellowship Application Form and the Criteria for Adjudication and Application Guidelines have been combined with the Centre on Aging Awards documents. Submit only one application form, project description, set of transcripts, and letters of reference. Check the awards that you are applying for on the front page of the application form.


  • To enhance knowledge about the cause, treatment, cure and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in the biomedical and psychosocial domains.
  • To increase knowledge about the care of people with dementia by formal and informal caregivers
  • To encourage graduate student interest in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • To stimulate graduate student research activity in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.


  • Two fellowships of $4,000 each are available. 


  • The fellowships are available to full-time Master’s, post-graduate medical program (medical residents electing to take a year off from residency to pursue full-time research) and Ph.D. students, attending universities in Manitoba.


  • Applications and references must be received no later than March 2019.
  • Fillable application forms must be used. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.
  • Applications must include a description of the proposed research and a statement of its practical applicability and relevance.
  • Applications must include all University transcripts. A supporting letter must be forwarded by the applicant’s faculty advisor. Two further references from faculty familiar with the applicant’s work are to be forwarded by the referee directly to the Alzheimer Society Manitoba Graduate Fellowship Awards c/o Centre on Aging, on appropriate forms.
  • The scholarship will be payable in installments during the period September 1, 2019 to May 1, 2020.
  • The recipient will be required to submit a progress report by May 1, 2020 and a copy of the thesis/dissertation, when complete, acknowledging financial support.
  • This award may not be held more than once during a specific degree program.

Committee of Selection

  • The selection committee for this fellowship will be appointed by the Advisory Board of the Centre on Aging.

Application forms will be available on the Centre on Aging’s web site:
For further information contact the Centre on Aging at 204-474-8731.
Closing date for applications is March 2019. Award recipients to be announced September 2019.