In this call for applications, you can apply for participation in the 2021 “Summer Program in Aging” (SPA 2021) on longitudinal studies on ageing. This call is a collaboration between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Institute of Aging, and Forte. Forte provides funding for the registration fee.  

The aim of the SPA 2021 Training Program is to provide PhD students and postdoctoral fellows interested in research on longitudinal studies on aging an advanced training program that crosses disciplines, sectors, institutions and geography. The summer program also provides an opportunity of networking and career development for junior researchers. The summer program is held in English.

In this call, Forte can approve four participants that will be granted participation in SPA 2021.


The 2021 Summer Program in Aging will be held virtually from 2 May to 14 May 2021. The formal program is expected to take place over six 5-hour sessions, with additional time allotted for social activities with other SPA 2021 participants. Attendance is required for every session for all participants. Due to the time-difference in Canada and Sweden, sessions will likely not be held during normal working hours in Sweden. Preliminary, sessions will be held during late afternoons and evenings in Sweden. A final timetable will be provided prior to the training program.

Who can apply?

Applicants should be PhD students or postdocs, and should be conducting research with relevance to the topic of SPA 2021: longitudinal studies on ageing. Not yet registered PhD students may be considered for participation, if the summer program’s focus is of high relevance to the planned PhD project. In addition, the research should be within Forte’s areas of responsibility: health, working life and welfare. Applications from applicants who already has participated in a previous SPA Training Program are not eligible.