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We would like to thank all those who applied for the AMTD fellowship; we’ve received exceptional interest from very strong candidates.  Please be advised that we are currently working to adapt timelines as we are able, given the University's efforts surrounding COVID-19.

How to apply?

1. Applicant contacts a proposed University of Waterloo faculty member to be a supervisor

The first component of the application includes obtaining endorsement from a University of Waterloo faculty member. The University of Waterloo Faculty/departments page provides a list of faculty members and their respective research areas. Applicants should consider the proposed faculty member’s research and the alignment with their own research expertise and background prior to contacting the prospective faculty member. 

When contacting a Waterloo faculty member to obtain endorsement for the AMTD Fellowship, applicants are encouraged to include a link to this AMTD web page to provide contextual details of the opportunity and also include Heidi Mussar (hmussar@uwaterloo.ca) in the cc section of the email.  Applicants are encouraged to share their up-to-date curriculum vitae and a proposed outline of research that can be accomplished as part of the AMTD Fellowship with the Waterloo faculty member. 

2. University of Waterloo faculty member submits an endorsement form; GSPA contacts applicant

Once a partnership has been arranged between a proposed scholar (applicant) and a University of Waterloo faculty member, the proposed supervisor who is in support of the candidate’s application will complete and submit the AMTD Waterloo supervisor endorsement form (Graduate Studies forms website) (note: form is no longer available, as the deadline to apply has passed).

Following the receipt of the form, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) staff will send an email to the applicant inviting them to complete the next steps in the application process (as below).

3. Applicant contacts referees to provide reference letter

The AMTD Fellowship application requires two reference letters, one of which must be from a referee who is at arm’s length from the applicant.

The arm’s length referee should be an expert in the field of the proposed research and should be able to assess the research proposal and academic CV in that capacity. Examples of an arm’s length referee include but are not limited to, the external examiner from the applicant’s doctoral defense or a specialist that the applicant met at a conference. It is not necessary for the applicant to have met the arm’s length referee. The arm’s length referee cannot be:

  • A relative, friend, or anyone else with whom the applicant has a personal relationship;
  • Affiliated with the applicant’s current and/or proposed institution(s);
  • Professionally affiliated with the applicant as a result of but not limited to:
    • Being the applicant’s supervisor or trainee,
    • Collaborating, publishing or sharing funding with the applicant

The second referee must be either the applicant’s doctoral research supervisor or committee member.

Referees must be able to provide relevant evidence, perspectives and insight to support the review of the application. The assessments contribute to a major part of the evaluation of the application and its potential success. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide the referees with the information they require in order to complete an informed and strong assessment.

Reference letters must address the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s research excellence and demonstrated leadership in the research domain;
  • Merit of the applicant’s proposed research program;

Referees will be required to send a pdf copy of their letter (signed and on letterhead) that addresses the above criteria, to Heidi Mussar by 9:00 am EST on March 16, 2020. This is required in order to conduct the adjudication of applications.

4. Applicant completes and submits an online AMTD Fellowship application

Interested applicants, who have received an invitation to apply from GSPA (step 2 above), must complete the online application form (Graduate Studies forms website) and submit it electronically by 9:00 am EST on March 16, 2020. Note: the application is now closed, as the application deadline has passed.

The application will require applicants to do the following:

  • identify how their proposed project fits with one of the identified areas of concentration, if appropriate;
  • upload an up-to-date copy of their academic curriculum vitae (CV)
  • upload a statement* that is jointly written between them and the proposed Waterloo supervisor that:
    • articulates the expected research program to be conducted with sufficient clarity that the adjudicating committee may assess the feasibility and significance of the work (where applicable identify appropriate institutional areas of strength);
    • describes the outreach and dissemination plans that will be undertaken to ensure the appropriate impact is obtained;
    • proposes novel academic engagements for existing University of Waterloo graduate (and potentially undergraduate) students to be implemented through the scholar’s program;
    • identifies expected resources (broadly defined) that will be necessary
  • upload a special circumstances statement, if applicable, with regards to the window of eligibility criterion; it is essential that the applicant provide specific dates for delays and/or interruptions, including the exact number of months or days of these interruptions.
  • obtain and upload a letter from the institution from where they completed (or intend to complete) their PhD degree requirements that confirms the date (or expected date) of fulfilment of all degree requirements.
  • Identify two referees (and have completed step 3 of the application process).

* Statement details:

  • Statement can be a maximum of 5 pages (excluding references) with 11 point font, single-spaced, 1” margins on all sides.

What is the selection process?

All eligible applications to the AMTD Waterloo Global Talent Postdoctoral Fellowship will undergo an evaluation by a selection committee.

The selection committee is made up of:

  • Associate Vice-President, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (Chair)
  • Vice-President, Research and International (or delegate)
  • Vice-President, Advancement (or delegate) 
  • At least one Faculty Dean (or delegate)
  • A Faculty member who serves as the lead to a University Institute or Centre, invited by the Chair

A short-list of candidates will be identified by April 1, 2020. The short listed scholars may be invited to participate in an interview either on campus or remotely with the committee, with decisions and offers being made by May 1, 2020. Scholars will have until May 15, 2020 to accept the position. The University of Waterloo is eager to host scholars as early as July 1 and no later than September 30, 2020.