Applying to the Program

The Western Medical Innovation Fellowship (MIF) program was established in 2015. This first-of-its kind program in Canada immerses highly talented young scientists, engineers, and clinicians in a training and research heavy environment with the goal of developing future leaders and innovators of world-class medical technologies. The MIF program provides opportunities for trainees to develop leadership through interdisciplinary experience and runs in partnership with Western’s BrainsCAN, WORLDiscoveries (WD) and The University of Minnesota’s Medical Devices Center’s Innovation Fellows program. The latter is a full immersion educational and product development program for medical device creation.

Fellows build an extensive network of contacts within the world-leading med tech ecosystem of Minnesota’s Medical Device Center and London Ontario as well as gain experience assessing opportunities, inventing therapies, and strategizing for the clinical, regulatory, reimbursement and financing activities necessary to develop a commercially viable product. After their 10.5 months in the Program, Fellows thrive in a variety of pursuits, including starting their own companies, leadership positions with early-stage to large, multi-national medical device manufacturers, joining design & development service providers, research/teaching positions in academic institutions, and clinical practice.


  • Work closely with clinicians at London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London
  • Identify unmet clinical needs, invent and test prototype solutions
  • Generate high quality intellectual property with a goal of commercialization


  • Highly motivated team player
  • Evidence of creativity and innovation
  • MD, PhD or relevant industry experience


  • Monthly salary
  • Use of first class engineering and Medical facilities
  • Access to Medical Device Center in Minnesota for 3 weeks of boot camp on innovation and design thinking
  • Access to top MDs, PhDs and industry leader in London and surrounding innovation ecosystem

How to apply

Applications for the next cohort are open for 2021 on Working at Western. Search for job ID 21104. When recruitment reopens, please complete and submit the online application with supporting documents (cover letter, CV, essay and references) on the Western University website. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

Application instructions

  1. Cover Letter
    • Address your letter to the Innovation Fellows Program Director.
    • Upload your cover letter using the link entitled “Cover Letter”, in the attachments section of the application.
  1. Curriculum Vitae
    • In addition to education and work history, please include any unique experiences or accomplishments.
    • Upload your CV using the link entitled “Resume/CV”, in the attachments section of the application.
  2. Written Essay (Maximum of 750 words)
    • Begin by briefly describing your background, what motivates and drives you. Also, describe something you have built or created. What was the outcome of that effort? What did you take from that experience? Finally, discuss a situation when you were working on a team where and you faced significant challenges.
    • What was your role in the team? What were the specific actions taken to meet the challenge as an individual and as a team? What was the final outcome?
    • Title your document as MIF2021_Essay_LastName (e.g. MIF2021_Essay_Johnson)
    • Additional documents can be attached after submitting the application by accessing the “My Activities” page and uploading documents or they can be emailed to
  3. References
    • Please include a minimum of three references.
    • Make sure to include each person’s phone number, email address, and your relationship
    • Upload your list of references using the link within the online application “References” section.
    • Please note: The references should be able to speak to your research, collaborative and interpersonal skills.

SPECIAL NOTE: Please submit all documents in PDF format.

Important deadlines

  • Applications accepted until positions are filled
  • Interviews with take place in March, 2021
  • Please direct questions regarding this application process to