Types of Awards

Understanding award types is essential to setting up the PDF effectively. Please read this section, and if you need additional advice please email postdoc@sfu.ca 

Award Types

An External PDF is funded primarily through an external source. You can ascertain if this is an external award by answering YES to the following types of questions:

  • Is the external source funding the PDF directly (in their name) to continue to work on their own research?   This may or may not be associated with a faculty supervisor or supervisor's lab. 
  • Does the award letter call the funds a stipend (and not employment income)? 
  • Does the letter refer to the funds as an award?
  • Do they refer to the PDF as trainee (rather than employee)? 
Here are examples of external agencies funding PDFs directly through external awards:
  • ALS Canada 
  • Alzheimer Society of Canada
  • BC Center of Excellence for Women's Health
  • Banting Fellowship 
  • Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN)
  • Kidney Foundation
  • Michael Smith Foundation
  • Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network (TVN)
  • Tri-Agency PDF Fellowships (some CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC awards)