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Postdoctoral Programs

Who should read this? You should read this if you would like to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship. The information and types of awards and fellowships outlined here are relevant only to applicants who have already obtained their doctorate, or who will obtain it within the next year.

Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Award
The Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering (AANSE) award promotes interest and participation in natural sciences and engineering, through the visits of Aboriginal students and fellows to Aboriginal communities and schools. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students and fellows to apply for this award.
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program aims to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally, to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career.
Industrial R&D Fellowships Program
The Industrial R&D Fellowships (IRDF) Program provides financial contributions that support the most promising recent doctoral graduates to engage in research and development in the private sector and with not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations.
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) has established the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers. A limited number of promising young researchers are given the opportunity to conduct research in Japanese universities and in designated research institutions and laboratories. NSERC is responsible for selecting Canadian nominees for JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships.
Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
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 qualified Aboriginal researchers who are interested in the program to apply.
Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories Program
The Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories (VF) Program provides promising young scientists and engineers with the opportunity to work with research groups or leaders in Canadian government laboratories and research institutions. Fellowships are awarded for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second and third year, at the discretion of the government department concerned.