|Value||$40,000 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 forms and instructions, select PDF Forms and Instructions.
|Contact||View the Contact Directory|
The Postdoctoral Fellowships 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 qualified Aboriginal students who are interested in the program 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 Fellows 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 Scholarship Liaison Officer may be asked to confirm the date the degree requirements were met.
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).
If you are a successful applicant, you are eligible for a maximum of 24 months of support.
You can hold your Postdoctoral Fellowship at:
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.
However, you cannot hold a fellowship in Canadian government laboratories or in industrial laboratories across Canada. For information about tenure in these types of facilities, see Industrial R&D Fellowships Program and Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories Program.
You can apply for a Postdoctoral Fellowship by completing and submitting an Application for a Postgraduate Scholarship or Postdoctoral Fellowship on-line (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. (EDT) 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 e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
NSERC scholarships and fellowships selection committees review all applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships. The committees are organized according to the broad discipline categories:
The selection committees evaluate and select applicants for Postdoctoral Fellowships according to the criteria in the following categories (their relative weighting is in parentheses):
NSERC Howard Alper Postdoctoral Prize
The NSERC Howard Alper Postdoctoral Prize is an annual prize awarded to the most outstanding postdoctoral fellow in the natural sciences and engineering. The candidate is to be considered an “ambassador of research” because he or she possesses an outstanding research ability and potential, excellent leadership skills, a broad range of outside interests, strong interpersonal skills, and outstanding oral and written communication skills.
The NSERC Howard Alper Postdoctoral Prize is offered to the most outstanding Banting Postdoctoral Fellow who has applied through NSERC. The prize is presented to the awardee, in addition to their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.
NSERC notifies all applicants of the results by mail by March 31. NSERC will not provide results by telephone or e-mail.
NSERC will publish the names (and other basic award information) of fellowship recipients on its Web site. For more information, see the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.
Refer to the appropriate Award Holder's Guide 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.