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Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

    The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) program provides funding to the very best Postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth.

    The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is to:

    • Attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally.
    • Develop their leadership potential.
    • Position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow.

    An applicant to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must complete his or her application in full collaboration with the proposed host institution.

    Note: Current or prospective postdoctoral fellows interested in holding a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at another institution should check their website for process and deadlines.

    Complete details of eligibility criteria, application guide and terms of the award are available on the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships website.

    Eligibility

    Applicants to the 2017-18 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree:

    • between September 20, 2014 and September 30, 2018 (inclusively), and
    • before the start date of their award.

    Applicants who have not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time of application must submit proof no later than October 15, 2018.

    While candidates already conducting research as postdoctoral fellows at UOIT are eligible, you must provide an extensive justification for the decision to remain at the same institution. There should be a direct correlation between the strength of the justification and the amount of time already spent at the institution.

    Only in exceptionally rare circumstances will a Banting PDF be awarded to an applicant who is staying at the same institution or within the same research environment where his or her PhD, PhD–equivalent or health professional degree was completed.

    For complete details of the eligibility criteria, visit the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships website.

    Fellowships are distributed among:

    Value

    $70,000 per year (taxable)

    Internal application deadline

    Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    Application process

    While the detailed application guide can be found on the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships website, below is a brief overview of the university’s process:

    The majority of the application can be completed, with the exception of the institutional endorsement letter. This will be provided to each candidate who is successful in the university selection process.

    Referee letters are officially submitted online. However, referees should also submit a copy to postdocs@uoit.ca by the internal deadline for the university selection process.

    Additional information

     The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships:

    • Are tenable only at the institution which supported the original application for the program.
    • Must be taken up no earlier than April 1 and no later than October 1 following the year of application.
    • Are for two years.
    • Can only be held once in a lifetime.

    The university is committed to consideration for equity and diversity at all levels of the selection/recruitment, endorsement and review processes of a Banting application.

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fellowship

    Fellowships provide support for highly qualified applicants in all areas of health research at the post-PhD degree or post-health professional degree stages to add to their experience by engaging in health research either in Canada or abroad.

    Value

    $40,000 to $60,000 per year with $5,000 for research support

    Duration

    varies

    Deadline

    November 1, 2017

    Application details

    Please visit the CIHR website for full application details and eligibility criteria.

  • Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Research Grants
    Value

    $15,000 to $40,000

    Field(s)

    Violence, Aggression and Dominance in the Modern World

    Deadline

    August 1

    Application details

    Visit the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation website for additional details.

  • Health Canada Fellowships Program
    Value

    Variable

    Field(s)

    Science and Research

    Deadline

    October

    Application details

    Visit the Health Canada website for additional details.

  • John Charles Polanyi Prizes

    In honour of the achievement of John Charles Polanyi, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the government of the province of Ontario has established a fund to provide up to five prizes annually to outstanding researchers in the early stages of their career who are continuing to postdoctoral studies or have recently started a faculty appointment at an Ontario university.

    Value

    $20,000 each

    Number of awards

    Five

    Field(s)

    Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Economic Science

    Application details

    Visit the Council of Ontario Universities' website for additional details.

  • Mitacs Accelerate Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

    Mitacs Accelerate is a program for postdoctoral fellows at Ontario universities to develop collaborations with local industry.

    Value

    Starting at $15,000

    Number of awards

    Varies each year

    Field(s)

    Varies each year

    Application details
    Visit the Mitacs website for additional details.
  • Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

    Mitacs Elevate is a program for postdoctoral fellows at Ontario universities to develop collaborations with local industry.

    Value

    $50,000 per year with $7,500 for research support; two-year duration

    Number of awards

    Varies each year

    Field(s)

    Varies each year

    Application details

    Visit the Mitacs website for additional details.

  • N2Women Young Researcher Fellowship Awards

    N2Women is pleased to announce the continuation of our N2Women Young Researcher Fellowship awards. N2Women considers you a young researcher if you are currently a student, working as a postdoctoral fellow, or in the first or second year of your new research career. These awards will partially cover a young researcher’s travel cost to a meeting where an N2Women event will be held.  In exchange, the young researcher must help organize the N2Women meeting. The benefit of doing the organization, in addition to the travel funds, is for the young researcher to connect with the organizers of the conference who are, typically, leaders in the research field. We will arrange for a faculty or research member of N2Women to assist/mentor the young researcher in this task.

    Value

    Up to $1,000 to cover travel cost to a meeting where an N2Women event will be held

    Application details

    Visit the N2Women website for additional details and application.

  • National Research Council of Canada Research Postgraduate Program
    Value

    Variable

    Field(s)

    Science and Engineering

    Deadline

    Variable

    Application details

    Visit the National Research Council Canada website for additional details.

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship

    The Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) program provides support to a core of the most promising researchers at a pivotal time in their careers. The fellowships are also intended to secure a supply of highly qualified Canadians with leading-edge scientific and research skills for Canadian industry, government and universities. NSERC encourages interested and qualified Aboriginal students or fellows to apply.

    For complete details of the eligibility criteria, visit the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship website.

    Value

    $45,000 per year for two years

    Deadline

    October 15

  • Ontario Women's Health Scholar Award - Postdoctoral

    Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, a Scholar Awards Program in Women's Health has been established to ensure that Ontario attracts and retains pre-eminent women's health scholars.

    Value

    $50,000 per year with $5,000 for research support; one-year duration

    Number of awards

    Two

    Field(s)

    Women's health

    Application details

    Visit the Council of Ontario Universities' website for additional details.

  • Sigma Delta Epsilon Graduate Women in Science Research Fellowships
    Value

    Variable

    Field(s)

    Natural Sciences

    Deadline

    January 15

    Application details

    Visit the Graduate Women in Science website for additional details.

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellowships

    SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships support the most promising Canadian new scholars in the social sciences and humanities, and assist them in establishing a research base at an important time in their research careers.

    Value

    $40,500 per year

    Duration

    12 or 24 months

    Deadline

    September 20, 2017

    Application details

    Visit the SSHRC website for full application details and eligibility criteria.

  • Weston Brain Institute Postdoctoral Scholars Award