Access Affiance Multicultural Health and Community Services (Access Alliance) launched the Immigrant Insight Scholars Initiative (IISI) in 2017 to enable internationally educated researchers to build local experience, track records, and professional networks needed to transition to a successful career as a researcher in Canada.
The Immigrant Insight Scholars Initiative has two components:
IISI fellowships are granted on a competitive basis to internationally educated researchers/evaluators wit outstanding qualifications as well as to young and emerging advocates. The program offers two types of fellowships: (i) the Immigrant Insight Scholars (IIS) fellowships for internationally educated researchers/analysts, who have arrived in Canada within the last 7 years, to develop their Canadian experience and professional network to transition to a career as a researcher; and, (ii) the Young Insight Scholars (YIS) fellowship for young and emerging scholars/advocates, who are less than 30 years old, and are passionate about mobilizing evidence to advance equity. YIS fellowships are open to immigrants and Canadian-born.
Based on advice from Advisory Committee members to support a broader group of internationally educated researchers, this more recent initiative focuses on creating a peer support and networking platform called the Immigrant Researcher Support Network (IRSN). The goals of the IRSN are to support the professional success of internationally trained researchers and evaluators by promoting active peer support and providing appropriate opportunities for career networking and professional development. The IRSN component provides in-person and online peer networking and knowledge sharing opportunities for internationally educated researchers across Canada. We also offer workshops on topics such as career bridging and building knowledge about research in a Canadian context.