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GRInSTEM Fellowship

Funding and support for energy and environment enterprise and high-tech entrepreneurial skill development. 

Length of Funding

Two-year Fellowship 

Monetary Support

Annual Fellowship stipend of $55,000 plus benefits for two years, and $140,000 seed funding

Who is Eligible?

Recent graduates (Masters, PhD) and postdoctoral scholars of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines

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What is GRInSTEM?

GRInSTEM is an energy and environmental focused entrepreneurial fellowship program that targets high-potential, entrepreneurial recent graduates (Masters or PhD) and postdoctoral scholars of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. The two-year program enables entrepreneurship as a career choice for recent grads and provides a two-year commercialization runway for start-ups from UCalgary by providing access to seed funding, facilitated labs, mentorship and technology commercialization skills development.

This program is managed by the Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources (GRI), and Innovate Calgary (IC).

The program supports innovators through access to:

  • Annual Fellowship stipend ($55,000 plus benefits) over two years.
  • $140,000 non-dilutive seed funding to serve as an operational budget for technical and business activities of the company
  • Access to university research laboratories and equipment for continued technology development
  • Technology-focused entrepreneurship programming delivered through regular workshops with IC
  • Regular one-on-one mentorship meetings with experienced business mentors at IC
  • Cohort community building activities and events
  • Regular networking events and opportunities with participation from academic, industry, investment community leaders, innovation practitioners, and government.


Proposals will be accepted for entrepreneurially-inclined candidates that are:

  • Entrepreneurially inclined recent graduates (Masters or PhD) and postdoctoral scholars within science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines,
  • An innovator of an energy or environment focused technology or product concept,
  • A resident of Calgary with the legal right to work in Canada throughout the term of the program,
  • Able to demonstrate access or reasonable pathway toward the legal right to commercialize the underlying intellectual property,
  • Commit to the duration of the program (full-time, two years),
  • Prepared to incorporate their venture in Alberta or Canada once accepted into the cohort,
  • Have identified a faculty member at UCalgary who can provide guidance in the development of their technology and who would be willing to grant them access to laboratory facilities during the two-year term,
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in Canada.

Applications are accepted on a ongoing basis. Programming timing will be scheduled accordingly. 

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The GRInSTEM Fellowship is made possible in part through the Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources (GRI) funded through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF).  The Canada First Research Excellence Fund helps competitively selected Canadian post-secondary institutions turn their key strengths into world-leading innovations.