The $5,000 increase per year applies to all fellows holding a Postdoctoral Fellowship as of the 2014 competition.
NSERC will provide up to 10 supplements valued at $10,000 per year for two years to successful applicants to its postdoctoral fellowships competition who have specified a location of tenure for the award in the People’s Republic of China. Refer to the Canada-China Postdoctoral Fellowships Supplement for more details.
|Value||$45,000 per year for two years|
|Application Deadline||October 15|
|How to Apply||See below|
Form 201 – Application for a Postgraduate Scholarship or Postdoctoral FellowshipTo create Form 201, select On-line System Login. To view instructions, select PDF Forms and Instructions.
|For More Information||Consult the Contact List.|
The Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) Program provides support to a core of the most promising researchers at a pivotal time in their careers. The fellowships are also intended to secure a supply of highly qualified Canadians with leading edge scientific and research skills for Canadian industry, government and universities. NSERC encourages interested and qualified Aboriginal students or fellows to apply.
To be considered eligible for support, as of the deadline date of the year in which you apply, you must:
If you anticipate taking less than a full year of maternity leave, you are expected to submit your application during the two year eligibility window. If you are successful in obtaining an award, you can defer it for reasons of maternity or child-rearing. Refer to the Award Holder’s Guide for Postdoctoral Fellowship for more information.
For degree programs you have completed, provide the date on which all the requirements of your degree were met, including the successful defence and submission of the corrected copy of your thesis (in accordance with your university's regulations). It is not the conferred or convocation date indicated on your transcript. The Faculty of Graduate Studies (or its equivalent) may be asked to confirm the date the degree requirements were met.
You can apply only once to the PDF Program; however, applicants whose first PDF application was submitted prior to the 2013 competition may submit a second application provided they are within the eligibility window.
Note: You may submit only one application per year to one granting agency (NSERC or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research or the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council).
You can hold your PDF at:
You cannot hold a PDF in Canadian government laboratories or in industrial laboratories across Canada. For information about tenure in Canadian government laboratories, see the Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories Program.
NSERC encourages you to undertake research that involves collaboration with other Canadian organizations. The nature of the proposed collaboration must be acceptable to the host institution.
You can apply for a PDF by completing and submitting Form 201, and attaching supporting documents if necessary. Read the instructions on how to complete Form 201.
NSERC must receive your application electronically before 8:00 p.m. (ET) on October 15. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
With the exception of personal contact information, NSERC will not accept any changes or updates to your application after it has been submitted. Personal contact information may be updated by sending an email to email@example.com.
NSERC scholarships and fellowships selection committees review all applications for PDFs. The committees are organized according to the broad discipline categories:
The Research Subject Code entered on the application will determine the selection committee in which the application will be evaluated. NSERC may assign the application to a different committee if it determines that the subject matter is more appropriate for another committee.
Applicants are evaluated and selected according to the criteria in the following categories:
NSERC will notify all applicants of the results by mail by the end of January. NSERC will not provide results by telephone or email.
NSERC will publish the names (and other basic award information) of fellowship recipients on its website. For more information, see the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.
Refer to the Award Holder’s Guide for Postdoctoral Fellowship for policies and requirements about holding the award, such as acceptance, start date, deferment, paid parental leave, holding the award on a part-time basis, etc.