Michelle Harkness Mentorship Awards


Opportunity type:




Award amount and duration:

$500 to $2,500





1. Nominees must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants working in airways or allergic disease research and/or practice but need not be associated with the AllerGen network, and may include, but are not limited to: researchers, clinician-scientists, committee members, staff, or employees of industry or not-for-profit organizations.
2. Nominators need not be associated with the AllerGen network and may include but are not limited to: peers of the nominee (at any station or occupation), faculty, students, research staff, or industry or not-for-profit collaborators.


The Michelle Harkness Mentorship Award (MHMA) was established in 2017 in honour of Michelle Harkness, the Manager of AllerGen’s Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) Training and Events program from 2011 to 2017, following Michelle’s sudden passing in August 2017. The foundation of Michelle’s successful management of this program was her genuine passion and indefatigable commitment to helping students, earlycareer professionals, research staff, researchers, and partner organizations achieve their goals and reach their full potential. During her career, Michelle generously gave of her time, energy and experience for the benefit of AllerGen trainees. This award intends to celebrate the high value she attributed to the practice of mentorship, and to perpetuate her encouragement of mentoring relationships.

There are three (3) categories for the 2023-24 MHMA:

Category 1: LIFETIME MENTORING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (1 award, by nomination) Recognizing a sustained, career-spanning commitment to excellence in mentoring by professionals (researchers, committee members, staff, or partner organization representatives) working in airways and allergic disease fields. 

Category 2:

A. MENTORING EXCELLENCE – INVESTIGATOR (1 award, by nomination) Recognizing outstanding mentoring by investigators working in airways and allergic disease fields, at any career stage or in any discipline (senior or junior University-based faculty or clinician scientists).

B: MENTORING EXCELLENCE – NON-INVESTIGATOR (1 award, by nomination) Recognizing outstanding mentoring by non-investigators working in airways and allergic disease fields, at any career stage or in any sector (including students, post-doctoral fellows, research staff, technical staff, administrative staff, Board and Committee members and industry or not-for-profit organization representatives).

Category 3: MENTORSHIP DEVELOPMENT GRANT (up to 2 awards, by application) Supporting professional development towards improved mentoring capacity for individuals working in airways and allergic disease fields seeking to enhance their mentoring skill set with a grant of up to $2,500


Application deadlines

Program application deadline

December 11, 2023 - 11:00 PM

Additional Information

Deadline for submissions: 11 December 2023

AllerGen proudly announces the sixth call for nominations and applications to the Michelle Harkness Mentorship Award (MHMA) program.

These awards are NOT restricted to members of the AllerGen Network. Any Canadian citizen or landed immigrant working in the fields of airways or allergic disease is eligible to be nominated for an MHMA award or to apply for an MHMA grant.

See the Call for Nominations & Applications (Program Guide).

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Michelle Harkness Mentorship Awards