This online version is for convenience; the official version of this policy is housed in the University Secretariat. In case of discrepancy between the online version and the official version held by the Secretariat, the official version shall prevail.
Approving Authority: Senate
Original Approval Date: November 8, 2000
Date of Most Recent Review/Revision: November 11, 2009
Office of Accountability: Vice-President: Academic
Administrative Responsibility: Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The purpose of the Policy on Postdoctoral Fellowships is to reaffirm the university’s commitment to research and mentorship. The policy aims to ensure that Postdoctoral Fellows (PDF) are appointed and funded equitably, that their postdoctoral experience is effective as post-degree training, and that Laurier remains a leader in innovative and purposeful trainee mentorship.
For the university, PDFs can enrich and invigorate a department/faculty; can enhance the research profile of the unit and the institution; can foster diversity in an academic unit and in the university community; can meet specific or unique short-term teaching needs; and, can provide an informal process for recruiting possible future faculty appointees.
For recent PhD graduates, a PDF position enables one to complete a book or articles from their dissertation; to launch a research program and to write grant proposals, perhaps in collaboration with Laurier faculty; to acquire specialized technical, analytical or interpretive skills; to collaborate with senior scholars in a new or existing area of expertise; to establish a network of scholarly peers beyond those at the PhD granting institution; and, to acquire experience in teaching.
This policy applies to all PDFs who receive income through Wilfrid Laurier University’s Human Resources and/or who hold an externally-awarded postdoctoral fellowship for which Wilfrid Laurier University is the formally designated institution for tenure of the award. It applies to all academic faculties and their departments who host PDFs, to the Office of Research Services as it pertains to its mandate to administer research grants and to provide services related to the research activities in the university community and beyond, to the Human Resources Department which has responsibility for payment and benefit coverage for PDFs, and to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, which is responsible for appointing qualified individuals to the university as PDFs, and ensuring that the conditions of the appointment are met and that there is adequate support for training and mentorship.
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