University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

About the ITraP Program

Who Should Apply

If you are an undergraduate student, graduate student or postdoctoral fellow who is interested in being a part of a groundbreaking program geared toward human and animal health, consider applying to ITraP! 

It is a great opportunity to get involved in an interdisciplinary initiative that's geared toward global public health. It will also provide you with experience working with students and supervisors from our international partner institutions.

Currently taking applications for a January 1, 2016 start date. Deadline to apply is August 4, 2015: Apply to the ITraP Program

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Students will be selected based on their:

The Program

This program will train students in multi-disciplinary approaches to infectious diseases and food safety through integrated input from outstanding co-applicants and collaborators. This group collectively brings expertise in:

Using this collaborative/interdisciplinary approach to learning, the students will learn about the present and future challenges of global health issues. They will also be able to:


Students will not only gain access to such outstanding mentors and lab environments, but they will also be trained in some of Canada’s best research facilities such as:

Learning Cycle

Our integrated training program with its opportunities for mobility, internships and summer school will be used to link international scholars and practitioners. In turn, they will work together and identify inter-disciplinary research questions for the program's students. 

Career Possibilities

Many graduates of the ITraP program will assume leadership or leadership-track positions in industry and government. Other students who are following doctoral and postdoctoral training may be based in basic or applied infectious disease research laboratories.

Government agencies, industry and academia urgently need highly qualified personnel (HQP) who are equipped with a understanding of infectious diseases and food safety but can also develop more effective strategies of disease prevention, management and control.

The program's multi-disciplinary training — combined with the exposure to the work environment in the public sector and industry — will prepare our trainees to fill these required positions. 

As the trainees branch out into careers of their primary disciplines, they will also have the capacity to rapidly regroup into highly effective teams with abilities to translate cutting-edge scientific and public health approaches into policy that is tailored to the particular emerging pandemic or challenge at hand.

Funding provided by NSERC