The CARA Fellowship program is in partnership with the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) and has two underlying objectives: (i) the training of research administrators, and (ii) enhancing global research collaboration. The fellowship is intended to reduce barriers to global research administration and create an administrative framework conducive to global research collaboration. There is an ever-increasing amount of global research collaboration, and these Fellowships aim to create a pool of individuals who are able to interpret a multitude of various sponsor requirements and assist their institution with administrative compliance on a global scale - from application submission through financial reporting and closeout.

The objective of the Fellowship program is to provide an opportunity for research administrators to travel to an NCURA member’s institution and to immerse themselves in a program of mutual learning and knowledge exchange. CARA will support up to $1500 CDN in travel costs, and Fellows are expected to pass on their experiences and knowledge of how research administration management operates at their institution, to identify best practices and the local knowledge of their Host Institutions, and to respect all appropriate organizational rules and cultural practices.

If your institution is interested in serving as a Host Institution for a Fellow from NCURA, click here.

Fill your Fellowship Program Application Form here.

General Fellowship Information

  • Two-Week Fellowship in one calendar year
  • Number of Awards: 1 per year
  • Funding Amount: $1500 CDN (additional costs will be borne by the Fellow or the Fellow’s Institution)
  • Application deadline is March 1 each year

Application Information

Submission of an application is made online and must include the application, letter of institutional support from the home institution, and Resume/CV.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Have not been selected as a Fellow within the past 3 years.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in research administration.
  • Minimum 5 years of active membership in CARA.
  • Institutional support as demonstrated by a Letter of Commitment from the applicant’s institutional leadership.
  • Credentials and the ability to travel outside the applicant’s own country.
  • Commitment to sharing your Fellowship experience with fellow CARA members via: (1) a testimonial; and (2) poster or webinar or other means.

Selection Criteria

  • International research administration experience preferred
  • National research administration experience
  • Engagement in our professional association and professional community as a CARA volunteer
  • Graduate of the Research Administration Certificate, Certificate in Research Administration or Certificate in Research Management preferred
  • 2 References (each must be from a fellow CARA member). Please consult the Directory to see current members.
  • Quality of the statement of interest


1. If I have been a Fellow in a previous year, when am I eligible to apply for a Fellowship again in the future?

You will be eligible to apply for a fellowship after 3 years. For example, if you have been selected as a 2024 Fellow, you can apply again in 2027 to be a 2028 Fellow.

2. Is there a limit on how many times I can apply to be a Fellow?

No, but if you have been selected as a Fellow within the past 3 years, you are not eligible to be selected.