Getting a PostDoctoral Fellowship with a NSERC BIN Researcher

Postdoctoral Fellows are individuals who have completed a doctoral degree and who are seeking the opportunity to train further in a particular area of research. Postdoctoral Fellows can be either employees or trainees (Award Recipients), depending on the specific policies of the relevant university as well as the job description, level of direction and nature of the research grant.  

The information below summarizes the steps involved, with links to specific university policies.

We encourage you to apply, and we are available to help with any questions you might have.  Please contact Leslie Dolman, Exec Director, NSERC BIN for step-by-step assistance either before or during the process listed below.

There are seven universities involved in NSERC BIN. If you are interested in working with one of the NSERC BIN researchers as a postdoctoral fellow, please follow the following steps:

  1. Determine the researcher(s) you are interested in working with and check the policies for postdoctoral fellowships associated with their university. Relevant links are listed below.
  2. Prepare a research proposal.
  3. Contact the faculty member directly with your proposal.
  4. Be prepared to be interviewed. Faculty supervisors are encouraged to interview and review the skills of prospective PDFs prior to engaging them in postdoctoral activities. Faculty members are looking to select PDFs who will contribute to their research teams and, in turn, provide the resources needed for PDFs to contribute to their field of interest through publications, professional presentations, and teaching/mentoring the activities of junior researchers.
  5. Secure funding (check with each university for the amount required). You can secure funding from external granting agencies (government, health organization, etc.) or fellowship programs or you may be offered funding from your faculty supervisor’s grant or research resources, in the form of a stipend. Possible sources for securing your own funding are listed in the funding sources section on each of the university websites External funding programs with specific relevance to computer science include NSERC and MITACS. International students from Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russia or Switzerland may be eliglible for Government of Canada awards. Check this site for more information.

Click the University link below for specific information for Postdoctoral Fellowships, and check here for information about BIN researchers.

University of Toronto

University of Alberta

Dalhousie University 

University of Ottawa

Carleton University

University of British Columbia

University of Waterloo



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