Postdoctoral Fellows (PDFs) at the University of Waterloo are engaged in a variety of research settings and exemplify the substantial variation in postdoctoral training. The university has developed a set of guidelines for PDFs. PDFs are at a unique stage in their careers. The purpose of a PDF position is to aid in the transition from student to independent scholar. In collaboration with a University of Waterloo faculty member, a PDF engages in activities that will further his or her professional development. The PDF position is intended to be transitional. PDFs are appointed for definite terms.
- The postdoctoral fellow was recently (normally within five years) awarded a PhD or equivalent degree from a recognized university.
- The appointment is temporary (time limited).
- The appointment is preparatory for a full-time academic and/or research career.
- The appointment engages a postdoctoral fellow in research and scholarship on a full-time basis as outlined in the appointment letter.
- The postdoctoral fellow is not registered in another training program.
- If permitted by the funding agency or (where he or she is providing the funding) the supervisor, postdoctoral fellows may apply to teach, normally no more than one course per year.