CRUS Research Scholarship

The CRUS Research Scholarship is designed to promote research projects involving musculoskeletal ultrasound among rheumatologists in the early stages of their career. The scholarship was created to address two of the most significant barriers that prevent young rheumatologists from engaging in the field of MSK-US in Canada: limited accessibility to ultrasound, and the lack of mentorship.

Our aim is to foster research in the area of MSK-US to provide an evidence-based framework for the clinical use of this technology.

Scholarship Details

Scholarship Amount: $10,000 for a 10-week research term, performed consecutively over an elective research term or intermittently over the course of one academic year.

Application Deadline: All applications must be submitted online by October 31, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET.

Applicants are required to upload a single-spaced proposal no more than two pages long that includes each of the following sections: Specific Aims, Research Strategy: Background and Significance, Innovation, Methods, Description of Mentor’s Previous Mentoring Experience, and Description of Applicant’s Current and Future Research Interests.

Applicants are also required to upload their CV and the CV of their mentor.

The online application form accepts the following file formats: PDF, Microsoft Office Document (DOC, DOCX), OpenDocument Type (ODT), Rich-Text Format (RTF), and plaintext (TXT).

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are required to identify a mentor and a research project. The research project must be relevant to the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound for the management of rheumatic conditions.

  • Applicants must be adult or pediatric rheumatology residents, research fellows in rheumatology or rheumatologists within 5 years of the completion of their training.
  • Priority is given to applicants who are currently enrolled in or have completed the CRUS Basic Course.
  • Applicants are required to identify a mentor and a research project subject to the following criteria:
    • The mentor must have a record of research in the field of musculoskeletal ultrasound. Mentors are responsible for approving the research plan.
    • The research area must be relevant to the use of ultrasound for the diagnosis or management of rheumatic conditions.

For questions regarding the award or the submission process, please contact the CRUS Administrator, Ms. Alyssa Long, at

Review Criteria

Adjudication is by a selection committee and is a competitive process. Each application is reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Scientific merit and relevance to musculoskeletal ultrasound research
  • The mentor’s credentials as related to the project and experience in musculoskeletal ultrasound and research
  • Quality of the mentorship environment provided by the mentor
  • Appropriateness and feasibility of the awardee’s role in the project

Award Terms

  • The applicant will commit to a 10-weeks of research either as an elective research term, or carried out over the course of one academic year.
  • Specific starting and ending dates should be provided by the applicant.
  • The awardee will be required to submit a summary report within 4 weeks of the termination of their project.
  • The awardee will also be encouraged to submit a poster or oral presentation on their work at the subsequent annual Canadian Rheumatology Association meeting.
  • The awardee should acknowledge CRUS (including CRUS logo) in any abstract or publication related to the research project.

Award Winners

2017– Dr. Stephanie Tom (Toronto) – Seeing is Believing: Development of an Ultrasonographic Enthesitis Score for Psoriatic Arthritis Patients

2018 – Dr. Sarah Cribby (Calgary) – Validation of the Physical Examination for Knee Effusion Using Ultrasonography.

2019 – Dr. Alaa Dekis (Toronto) – Ultrasonographic Phenotyping of Early Undifferentiated Inflammatory Arthritis

Application Form

CRUS Research Scholarship — Online Application »