Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Funding and Fellowships

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Find Funding

There are various sources and process by which Postdoctoral Fellows can find and receive funding. Although we have listed some of the common sources here, it is not an exhaustive list. 

Note: Some fellowships applications have internal SFU deadlines.

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC)

Deadline: Usually mid June

Various research areas
 

Open To

Canadian & International

How to Apply

Through SFU's Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office (GPS)

Deadline

SFU has internal process. Internal SFU deadline usually mid June (June 15, 2021)

Website 

https://banting.fellowships-bourses.gc.ca/en/home-accueil.html 
and SFU’s internal process:  
https://www.sfu.ca/gradstudies/postdocs/funding/banting.html

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to Canada's economic, social and research‑based growth. Selection criteria for this award: 

  1. Applicant’s research excellence and leadership in the research domain
  2. Quality of the applicant's proposed research program 
  3. Institutional commitment and demonstrated synergy between applicant and institutional strategic priorities

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Fulbright Canada: Fulbright Scholar Award

Deadline: Usually mid November

Various Research Areas
 

Open To

Canadian & International

How to Apply

Directly to Fulbright Canada

Deadline

Usually mid November (Nov 15, 2021)

Website 

https://www.fulbright.ca/programs/canadian-scholars/traditional-awards.html

Traditional Fulbright awards are open to Canadian scholars in all fields and are designed to enable emerging and established scholars, post-doctoral researchers and experienced professionals to conduct research, teach, or undertake a combination of both activities for one semester or a full academic year at any university or research center of their choice in the United States.

While the competition is open to all disciplines, Fulbright Canada is particularly interested in encouraging research on contemporary issues relevant to Canada, the United States and the relationship between the two countries. Applicants should also clearly document the need to be in residence in the United States to carry out the project.

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Canadian Institutes of Health Research: CIHR Fellowship

Deadline: Usually early October

HEALTH SCIENCES
 

Open To

Canadian and international applicants*

How to Apply

Directly to CIHR

Deadline

Usually early October (October 6, 2021)

Website 

Funding opportunity/eligibility listed in ResearchNet:
https://www.researchnet-recherchenet.ca

Instructions to apply:
https://cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/38886.html

Funding in the Health Sciences, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada are eligible to hold a CIHR Fellowship award in Canada or abroad.

*Nominated Principal Applicants who are neither a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident of Canada may only hold a CIHR Fellowship award at a Canadian institution.

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Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research: Research Trainee Program

Deadline: Usually early February for Letter of Intent; other due dates apply

Health sciences
 

Open To

Canadian citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals. Foreign nationals must be sponsored by a BC supervisor who holds an academic appointment at a BC university.

How to Apply

Through MSFHR’s ApplyNet system

Deadline

Letter of Intent usually early February (February 8, 2021).

Important note: There is an SFU internal approval process. Applicants MUST submit their full application 24 hours before MSFHR’s full application deadline to give GPS staff time to approve and submit.

Website 

https://www.msfhr.org/1/fundingprogram/research-trainee-program

MSFHR Funding provides 3 years of salary support for talented post-doctoral or health professional researchers to develop their health research careers. Funding helps post-doctoral researchers increase their, and their labs’, research productivity, and prepares them for successful careers in research, biotech, health policy and more.

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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada: Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Deadline: Usually mid October

Sciences and Engineering

Open To

Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada or a protected person under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada)

How to Apply

Directly to NSERC using their Online System

Deadline

Usually mid October (October 17, 2021)

Website 

https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PD-NP/PDF-BP_eng.asp

The NSERC 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 academic institutions.

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council:
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline: Usually mid September

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

Open To

Citizens or permanent residents of Canada or a “protected person” under subsection 95(2) of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

How to Apply

Directly to SSHRC using their webapps system

Deadline

Usually mid September (September 15, 2021)

Website 

https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/fellowships/postdoctoral-postdoctorale-eng.aspx#4 

These 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.

The purpose of these fellowships is to provide stipendiary support to recent PhD graduates who are:

  • undertaking original research;
  • publishing research findings;
  • developing and expanding personal research networks;
  • broadening their teaching experience;
  • preparing for research-intensive careers within and beyond academia; and
  • preparing to become competitive in national research grant competitions.

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship awards are tenable at Canadian or foreign universities and research institutions.

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Mitacs: Multiple Funding Programs

Deadline: Most programs accept applications anytime

VARIOUS RESEARCH AREAS
 

Open To

Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and international applicants

How to Apply

Directly to Mitacs

Deadline

Most programs are apply anytime

Website 

 https://www.mitacs.ca/en

Mitacs has a suite of programs designed to partner researchers with training, collaborative projects and internships with government decision makers and/or partnering organizations.

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Weston Brain Institute

Deadline: Various; some programs are ongoing

VARIOUS PROGRAMS
 

Open To

Funds can only be given to Canada Revenue Agency qualified donees located in Canada.

How to Apply

Directly to WBI using their Online Grant Application System

Deadline

Various, some programs are ongoing (apply anytime)

Website 

https://westonbraininstitute.ca

All funding programs support the investigation of novel lifestyle approaches that allow for the maintenance of optimal brain health and/or translational research to accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging. Note that WBI does not fund basic research; they fund translational research.

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Barbara and James Bennet Travel Award for Postdoctoral Fellows in Chemistry

Deadline: Contact the Department of Chemistry

CHEMISTRY
 

Open To

Postdoctoral fellows in the Department of Chemistry who are attending and presenting an international academic conference.

How to Apply

Through SFU’s Department of Chemistry

Deadline

Contact the department of Chemistry

Website 

https://banting.fellowships-bourses.gc.ca/en/home-accueil.html 
and SFU’s internal process:  
https://www.sfu.ca/gradstudies/postdocs/funding/banting.html

Terms of Reference:

  1. The purpose of this award is to offer financial assistance and recognition to outstanding graduate students enrolled in the Department of Chemistry.
  2. This award is funded by two-third of the spending allocation from the Barbara and James Bennet Scholars Endowment Fund. Each award, with a maximum value of $4,000 will be awarded annually in the Fall term. Multiple awards may be disbursed if the endowment income permits; however, the value of additional awards must be equal to the first award given in any fiscal year.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    • demonstrated academic excellence at the graduate level and if applicable, at the undergraduate level
    • full-time registration in a master's or doctoral program of study in the Department of Chemistry in the research area of Chemical Biology
  4. During the term in which the award is paid, the recipient must be registered in a thesis course only.
  5. Students who receive continuous scholarship support over a period of at least one year are not eligible for this award. The award cannot be held concurrently with a SFU teaching assistantship. Students who have previously received this award are not eligible to re-apply. This award can be used to top up an internal graduate fellowship.
  6. The award application and/or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    • a current, unofficial SFU transcript and a copy of the transcript of the most recent degree program completed
    • one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
    • a concise (no more than one-page) outline of the proposed research
    • a curriculum vitae summarizing scholastic achievements and work relevant to the aims of this award
  7. The completed application and supporting documents must be received by the Department of Chemistry.
  8. The award will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the recommendation of the Department of Chemistry's Graduate Program Committee.

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SFU Research Grants for Postdoctoral Fellows 

Deadline: Various, based on grant

VARIOUS RESEARCH AREAS
 

Open To

Canadian & International

How to Apply

By special approval

Deadline

See below note

PDFs are eligible to apply for research grants only if they receive special approval from the Vice-President, Research. For more information about this process and the qualifying circumstances please see the grant eligibility form.

Note: this process should be initiated well in advance of Office of Research Services deadlines.

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Health Research Foundation: Fellowships 

Deadline: Usually early October

Health SCIENCES

Open To

Canadian Citizens

How to Apply

Directly to agency (see their website)

Deadline

Early October (October 4, 2021)

Website 

http://hrf-frs.com/en/home

The Health Research Foundation (HRF), is a non-profit organization, investing in academic centres across Canada which focus on innovative, and leading-edge research. The Health Research Foundation (HRF), is a non-profit organization, investing in academic centres across Canada which focus on innovative, and leading-edge research.

August 19, 2021: The Health Research Foundation (HRF) invites applications for its Fellowship in Health Systems Resilience. The HRF is committed to enhancing Canada’s health ecosystem and the launch of a health systems resiliency fellowship at this time is significant. Canadians are looking to the research community to ensure that Canada has the tools it needs to successfully stem future pandemics and similar threats to national health and safety. The Fellowship specifically funds research designed to enhance the resilience of Canada’s health systems. The Fellowship recipient will be eligible to receive $450,000 in funding over the course of three years.

The deadline for the final application package is October 4, 2021.

The 2021 HRF Guidelines and Application Form can be found on the Health Research Foundation’s website.  

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BrightFocus Foundation: multiple funding programs 

Deadline: Varies by program, usually October and November

Various research areas
 

Open To

Canadian & International

How to Apply

Through the ProposalCentral application portal

Deadline

Varies by program, usually October and November

Website 

https://www.brightfocus.org

BrightFocus Foundation is at the forefront of brain and eye health, advancing early-stage, investigator-initiated research around the world. Programs fund research in the areas of Alzheimer's Disease, Macular Degeneration, National Gluacoma. 

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National Research Council Canada: H.L. Holmes Award for Postdoctoral Studies

Deadline: late November 

 

Medical & Biological
 

Open To

Canadian citizens whose proposed research must pertain to chemistry, physics, biology or mathematics as they relate to medical and biological processes

How to Apply

Interested individuals may apply directly or be nominated by a Canadian university or other research organization

Deadline

Late November (November 30, 2021)

Website 

https://nrc.canada.ca/en/corporate/careers/hl-holmes-award-post-doctoral-studies

The H.L. Holmes Award has been established by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in honour of the late Dr. R.H.L. Holmes, a chemist who spent most of his research career in Alberta.

Bequeathed by the late Dr. Holmes, in recognition of NRC's commitment to promote research excellence, the award gives recipients the opportunity to conduct post-doctoral studies under outstanding researchers at world famous graduate schools or research institutes. Research must be undertaken in chemistry, physics, biology or mathematics as they relate to medical and biological processes.

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