Postdoctoral funding can come from a variety of sources. In some cases, postdoctoral fellows are paid directly by their supervisor who has funding to support their research; in other cases, fellows will receive funding through external agencies in order to support them while they work with University of Waterloo's world-renowned faculty members. While not exhaustive, this website offers future Postdoctoral Fellows information about some key fellowship opportunities.
- Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
- John Charles Polanyi Prizes
- Tri-Agency Postdoctoral Fellowships
- Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS)
- Scholarships Canada
This fellowship, valued at $70,000 per year for two years, is the most prestigious and competitive of all the Canadian tri-agency postdoctoral opportunities, with only 70 available annually across Canada. Interested applicants must apply through and receive endorsement from the institution where they anticipate holding the fellowship. The annual competition for this fellowship normally launches in April. Applicants of the Banting competition are not automatically considered for other agency-specific fellowships. Applicants who wish to apply for both the Banting and other agency-specific funding opportunities must apply separately for each if eligible to do so.
Further details on Waterloo’s application process, and timelines can be found on the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship web page.
Five prizes, each valued at $20,000 are available annually through the Council of Ontario Universities. The prizes support researchers who are in the early stages of their career who are conducting research in the areas broadly defined as Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Economic Science. Interested applicants must apply through and receive endorsement from the institution where they anticipate holding the prize. The annual competition for these prizes normally launches in October or November. Further details on Waterloo’s application process, and timelines can be found on the John Charles Polyani Prizes web page.
Postdoctoral fellowships are available through the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
The competition for the CIHR Fellowship, normally launches in July every year. The agency application deadline is October 1. Stipend levels and maximum duration depend upon the background of the applicants; trainees holding a PhD may receive stipend of up to $40,000 per year for up to 3 years (plus benefits), and licensed health professionals may receive up to $50,000 per year for up to 5 years (plus benefits). All CIHR fellowships receive $5,000 per year research allowance. Applicants complete an application in the CIHR portal ResearchNet. Once complete, the applicant submits the application online which is electronically directed to the proposed host institution for review and electronic approval. At the University of Waterloo, the Office of Research is responsible for this review, and will ensure eligibility and compliance with guidelines, before electronic approval and submission to CIHR.
View our CIHR Frequently Asked Questions.
The competition for the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, valued at $45,000 per year for two years, normally launches in July every year. Applicants must complete an application available through NSERC’s online system by the advertised agency deadline. The application is submitted directly to NSERC. There is no institutional adjudication process or administrative involvement in the application process. Further details can be found on NSERC’s website.
View our NSERC Frequently Asked Questions.
The competition for the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, valued at $40,500 per year for one or two years, normally launches in July every year. Applicants must complete an application available through SSHRC’s online system by the advertised agency deadline. The application is submitted directly to SSHRC. Further details can be found on SSHRC’s website.
View our SSHRC Frequently Asked Questions.
Mitacs is a national not-for-profit organization that works with institutions, companies and the federal and provincial governments to promote and support innovation. Postdoctoral opportunities available through Mitacs include the following programs: Globalink Research Award, Accelerate, Elevate and the Canadian Science Policy Fellowship. For further information about these opportunities, you are encouraged to contact Ashley Hannon.
The Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS) hosts an external website containing valuable resources for Canadian postdocs including annual events, meetings, memberships and job/funding opportunities.
Scholarships Canada is an external scholarship database housing thousands of scholarship opportunities, including postdoctoral fellowships. Check out their website and see for yourself!