There are a number of ways in which Postdoctoral Fellows are funded. Fellows can be funded by an external funding agency, such as CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC, by being successful in a Postdoctoral Fellowship award competition or directly by the supervisor for whom they are appointed to conduct research related work with.
See the list below for some of the key external funding opportunities open to Postdoctoral Fellows.
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants and is available to both Canadian and international applicants who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research‑based growth. This fellowship is valued at $70,000 per two years with only 70 available annually across Canada.
The fellowship program is administered by Canada's three federal granting agencies:
Applicants must submit a Notice of Intent Application Package to FGPS@wlu.ca by Laurier's internal deadline of Monday, July 10, 2023.
A complete Notice of Intent Application Package includes:
Note: Laurier's Banting Notice of Intent (NOI) Application Package is for internal pre-endorsement purposes. The NOI package does not require all components of an official Banting application as required for the national Banting competition. Applicants who are selected to be endorsed by Laurier via our internal NOI application competition will be required to complete a full Banting application.
Results of Laurier's internal pre-endorsement NOI competition will be communicated to applicants approximately two weeks after the internal application deadline.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Fellowships support highly qualified applicants in the areas of health research to add to a recipient’s experience by engaging in health research in Canada or abroad. The value of this fellowship is $40,000 to $60,000 per year (taxable); non-renewable tenable for up to five years. See CIHR Fellowship website for more details.
Applicants must submit their applications to ResearchNet by Laurier’s set deadline (which will appear when you identify Laurier as the host institution (“Institution Paid”). A complete list of eligibility guidelines as well as applications instructions can be found on the CIHR Fellowship website and ResearchNet.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships support the most promising new Canadian scholars in natural sciences and engineering, and assist them in establishing a research base at an important time in their research careers. The value of this fellowship is $45,000 non-renewable for up to two years.
Applicants must submit their applications to the NSERC online system by the advertised agency deadline. A complete list of eligibility guidelines as well as applications instructions can be found on NSERC’s website.
The Ontario Women's Health Scholars (OWHS) Award recognizes postdoctoral fellows (as well as master’s and doctoral students) whose research will potentially contribute to the advancement of knowledge about women’s health. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, scholars will excel in the creation of new knowledge about women’s health and its translation into improved health for women, more effective health services and products for women, and a strengthened health care system.
Up to two awards at the postdoctoral level are funded annually. The current value of these awards is $50,000 plus a $5,000 research allowance. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents as of the application deadline date (Jan. 31 annually), and must be sponsored by the Dean of Graduate Studies at the Ontario university at which they are undertaking postdoctoral research.
By Dec. 1 annually, applicants must submit to the dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (via email to firstname.lastname@example.org) electronic copies of the following documents:
For full details, see the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies website, or select "Ontario Women's Health Scholars Award" on Laurier's Graduate Funding and Awards: External Funding webpage.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (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. The value of this fellowship is $45,000 non-renewable for up to two years.
Applicants must submit their applications to the SSHRC online system by the advertised agency deadline. An institutional nomination letter is required as part of this application. The head of the department or department chair at the primary location of tenure should complete this form. A complete list of eligibility guidelines as well as applications instructions can be found on SSHRC’s website.
Questions about Postdoctoral fellowships and awards? Contact Patricia Goff, Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
The Travel Assistantship Program (login required) funding supports any non-domestic research-related travel by postdoctoral fellows, which could include attending a conference, travel to a field site, visiting a research collaborator, or travel to a remote site for specialized training.
Applicants must complete a Postdoctoral Fellows Travel Assistantship Form clearly explaining the nature of the research-related travel and outlining the expected travel expenses. Your supervisor must sign to verify that the purpose of the travel is related to your program of research. The maximum amount of support that will be provided is $800. Each postdoctoral fellow will be eligible to apply only once per year.
Questions and completed applications for the Travel Assistantship Program should be submitted to email@example.com.