Application Deadline: July 9th 2016

CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research) is holding a Forum on the Well-being of the World’s Children, November 17-19, 2016 at Canada House in London, England. The Forum will convene a highly multidisciplinary, multi-sectoral group of leading researchers, practitioners, and and public sector participants from universities, NGOs, international organizations, and from the public and private sectors to explore issues related to child well-being, broadly conceived.

Participants will engage in a highly interactive two-day agenda with leaders such as Sir Mark Walport and the Honourable Louise Arbour (Forum Honorary Co-Chairs). The core of the meeting will include both plenary and small group working sessions on a range of issues related to the well-being for the world’s children, including such topics as: inequality and social policy; health system strengthening; education programming, cognitive development; family as a social support; impacts of poverty; disability; trauma and conflict. Through insights gained at the Forum, CIFAR intends to announce a call for a new research program on child well-being.

To facilitate engagement with early career researchers/professionals (within 10 years post PhD), CIFAR will support participation (including travel and accommodation) to a select number of applicants from underrepresented regions of the world.

The two-day program will consist of formal talks and interactive dialogue, covering critical areas such as physical and mental health under environmental strain; optimizing cognitive, psychological and social development; mechanisms for resilience and skills acquisition; and the challenges of growing up in conflict settings or as a refugee.  Gender and geographic diversity is important to CIFAR and the Forum will support the participation of individuals from organizations based in low and middle-income countries.

Questions to be addressed include:

  • How can multidisciplinary research inform policies to better reach children most at risk?
  • Can we better understand complex interactions that can determine a child’s developmental trajectory?
  • How do we leverage crucial windows of opportunity to improve the life chances of children in resource poor environments?
  • In the face of dynamic social and environmental stresses, what can be done to promote resilience of the most at risk children around the world?


Applicants with expertise from a variety of areas are encouraged to apply, including (but not limited to) economics, political science, pediatrics, psychology, infectious disease, public policy, neuroscience, law, sociology, anthropology, genetics, and epidemiology. Participants will be drawn from universities, research institutions, NGOs, international organizations, and from the public and private sectors.

To apply, please submit your application to by July 9, 2016. Applicants should submit as attachments.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the CIFAR Forum 2016 on the Well-Being of the Worlds Children