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As the administrative agency for the Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories Program, NSERC extends its best wishes to you for a successful and productive research period.

Please read this guide carefully. It contains the guidelines, policies and requirements of the program and a number of forms that must be completed and returned to NSERC before taking up the fellowship.

A guide of this nature cannot anticipate every question that may arise. If you need more information, do not hesitate to contact the Visiting Fellowships Coordinator in your department (see List of Coordinators) or the appropriate NSERC staff.

Title of Fellowship

The Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories Program is administered by NSERC on behalf of Canadian government departments and agencies. These awards are not NSERC awards and should not be referred to as such. The correct title to be used by fellows is Canadian Government Laboratory Visiting Fellow. Visiting fellows are not considered government employees.

Commitment of the Host Laboratory

In offering you a Visiting Fellowship, the host department/agency has agreed to provide you with an opportunity to engage in research of mutual interest and to make every reasonable effort to ensure that your stay at the laboratory is successful.

Some laboratories integrate visiting fellows into the existing research teams and expect the fellows' activities to be consistent with departmental priorities; other laboratories allow fellows the freedom to develop an independent research program. You should contact your supervisor in advance to clarify the expectations of the host laboratory.

If your progress is satisfactory and the funding available, your supervisor may recommend that your fellowship be renewed for a second year and possibly a third year. If your performance is considered unsatisfactory, the department/agency must notify NSERC.

Period of Tenure

Tenure is for a period of one year from the date of arrival at the laboratory. Your fellowship may be renewed for a second and third year as described above.