Fifteen Funded Postdoctoral Opportunities Available at the University of Waterloo

Thursday, October 20, 2022

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The University of Waterloo has announced the following 15 funded postdoctoral positions, including five specific positions for Black and Indigenous scholars.

Applications are open now to scholars from any discipline and are due December 1st. Applicants may choose from one of the three programs listed below.

  • You may only apply for one of the three opportunities (although if you apply to the AMTD program, you may choose to be considered in the other pools if you are not successful.)
  • You must be within five years of finishing your PhD, with exceptions for pauses or interruptions such as parental or medical leave.
  • If you are currently a PhD student, you must have completed your PhD within one month of your appointment start date (June-September 2023).
  • Your application must be endorsed by a faculty member at the University of Waterloo.

The Games Institute encourages early career researchers studying interactive or immersive media from all disciplines to apply. We especially encourage Black and Indigenous scholars to apply. The Games Institute (GI) will provide potential applicants with information about our research centre and resources and will facilitate introductions to potential supervisors if needed. Please see this list of GI faculty members.

If you receive this funding and go on to work with a GI-affiliated faculty member, you will have access to our research ecosystem, including office space, staff support, lab access, and more. The GI has faculty members working in every faculty and almost every department at UW. They research many aspects of immersive and interactive media and not only games.

If you have questions about the application process, direct them to Heidi Mussar at the GSPA.

If you have questions about the Games Institute and our faculty, resources, facilities, or projects, please contact

You can learn more about the GI, our research projects, and our current and past postdoctoral students by reading our Instant Replays.

Candidates will hear the results of these positions as soon as mid-February 2023, and successful candidates will begin their fellowships between June and September 2023. You can find more details about each of the opportunities (plus other postdoc funding opportunities) on the GSPA website.

We also encourage you to watch the GSPA webinar on these funding opportunities on Youtube before applying.

How to apply

  1. Applicant connects with a proposed University of Waterloo faculty member through a Letter of Intent form (applicant must then follow up with their proposed faculty member by email with an attached CV)
  2. University of Waterloo faculty member submits an endorsement form; GSPA contacts the applicant
  3. Applicant contacts referees to provide reference letters
  4. Applicant completes and submits an online application by December 1, 2022