Awards and Funding

Fellowships

Fellowship  Deadlines Files
Michael G. DeGroote Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award
This prestigious award is designed for candidates who have an exemplary academic record and are interested in pursuing post-doctoral work in one of the numerous areas of research strengths in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.
Apr. 1, 2016
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are highly competitive and prestigious. Award winners are selected according to criteria beyond a typical postdoctoral fellowship. A two-stage internal review process is in place at McMaster to help identify the strongest applications and to select the most competitive candidates in each research area (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC).
Multiple Deadlines, See overview for details
Mitacs Elevate
Since 1999, Mitacs has played a leadership role in linking businesses, government and not-for-profits with over 50 of Canada’s universities to develop cutting-edge tools to support the growth of our knowledge-based economy. Mitacs has a proven track record of supporting leading research, while connecting Canadian businesses and organizations to the next generation of highly skilled knowledge workers. We help businesses and organizations easily access advanced university expertise so that they can develop and commercialize the products of tomorrow today. For more information, please visit the Mitacs Elevate website »

Letter of Intent Due: June 21, 2017

Application Due: July 5, 2017

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowships
The JSPS provides opportunities in universities or other research institutions in Japan for:
  • Postdoctoral researchers to conduct, under the guidance of their hosts, cooperative research with leading research groups;
  • Senior scientists/university professors to participate in cooperative activities with researchers. NSERC cooperates with the JSPS by receiving and processing applications, and by nominating candidates to the JSPS.

For more information visit the NSERC website »

Jan. 25, 2016
Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program
The bi-national program is an educational exchange, with a mandate to enhance mutual understanding between the people of Canada and the people of the United States of America. Available to graduate students, faculty, professionals and independent researchers, successful applicants conduct research, lecture, or enroll in formal academic programs in the United States. Fulbright Canada offers various scholarship awards within this program, with further information on the various award opportunities made available through the Canada-US Fulbright Program website. For more information »
November 15, 2017

 

Government of Canada Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
Postdoctoral research opportunities through NSERC and SSHRC. For more information, visit the Graduate Studies Major Scholarships and Awards web page »
Deadlines vary

 

Funding Sources for the Faculty of Health Sciences

A comprehensive list of funding sources and fudning agencies for Postdoctoral Fellows in the Faculty of Health Sciences and those doing Health related research.

The list can be found on the Faculty of Health Sciences website.

Deadlines vary  
CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship
Postdoctoral research opportunities funded through CIHR.
E-Approval done through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.
Internal Deadline October 27, 2016 at 8:00am

Additional Funding Resources

E.B. Eastburn Fellowship

Hamilton Community Foundation logoUnder the terms of a bequest to Hamilton Community Foundation by the late Eugene B. Eastburn, a two-year Fellowship will be awarded for full-time postdoctoral studies in engineering or sciences (Natural or Physical sciences, including Health Sciences). 

The fellowship will be awarded for 24 months for a total value of $80,000.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2017

In order to be eligible for the award candidates must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent residence status.
  • The Fellowship is open to candidates who have/will have successfully defended their PhD thesis no more than five years before the application deadline, or by December 31, 2017.  Candidates must be eligible to start a postdoctoral position by December 31, 2017.

  • The Fellowship is tenable at McMaster University, where the Fellow is expected to pursue full-time postdoctoral study and research for the term of the Fellowship.

Conditions of the award:

  • For the Fellowship term, the total award will be $80,000, out of which the Fellow will be expected to pay all related travel, equipment, research and other expenses, as well as his/her own salary. 
  • Fellows are expected to devote a minimum of 80% of their working time to research, with up to 20% of time available for teaching, if so desired.  It is understood that teaching responsibilities would be arranged with, and reimbursed by, the host institution.
  • No other paid employment or major academic award may be accepted by the successful candidate during the term that the Fellowship is held.
  • Preference will be given to those whose financial resources are severely limited.

Please see full conditions of the E.B. Eastburn Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2017

Applicants with the assistance of their department/program will submit an electronic copy of the complete application to graduatescholarships@mcmaster.ca by February 28, 2017.

Department Process - Action Required

Departments’ Chairs or delegate are required to provide a Letter of Support. Please submit the Letter of Support to graduatescholarships@mcmaster.ca with the name of the candidate, and the name of the competition in the email subject line.

 

A complete application will include the following documentation (single sided):

a)     A completed E.B. Eastburn Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Form (current year)

b)     Curriculum vitae

c)      Original transcripts of academic graduate records

d)     An Abstract of the research proposal (maximum 200 words) expressed in non-technical terms

e)     A full Statement in non-technical terms (no more than 2 pages in length) of the proposed research program; including the impact of the proposed program

f)      A Personal Statement to be written by the applicant (no more than 1 page) in which the applicant explains what impact receiving the E.B. Eastburn Postdoctoral Fellowship will have on his or her ability to complete this phase of his or her research career

g)     Financial Need Statement (one page)

h)     THREE confidential letters of support sent directly by the authors to the School of Graduate Studies, (graduatescholarships@mcmaster.ca) and must be received by the application deadline (February 28, 2017). Referees must include the name of the candidate, and the name of the competition. Referees must be:

  1. The proposed research supervisor(s)
  2. PhD supervisor
  3. Additional reference

 

Please download the E.B. Eastburn Application Checklist to ensure you have met all the requirements.

Dr. Katie Allen

Headshot of Dr. Katie Allen

Currently a post-doctoral fellow at McMaster School of Nursing, Dr. Allan specializes in arrhythmia research with a focus on atrial fibrillation, decision aid methodology, meta-analyses, health-related quality of life, machine learning and dynamic algorithms.

Her post-doctoral research project aims to aims to develop and usability test a dynamic shared decision making tool to help atrial fibrillation patients and clinicians to make well-informed decisions about catheter ablation as a treatment option.

With an extensive background with both in-hospital and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and resuscitation, Dr. Allan recently completed a PhD at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto in collaboration with the Electrophysiology Research Department at St. Michael's Hospital.

Dr. Allan’s thesis work assessed the incidence, etiology and familial risk for sudden cardiac arrest in young individuals (ages 2-45) and their family members within the Greater Toronto Area and was supported by a CIHR Doctoral Research Award.

As part of her in-hospital cardiac arrest research, she used simulation as an educational tool. With an interest in using different training modalities to achieve best practice for Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Dr. Allan helped develop an innovative BLS training program for healthcare providers and evaluated the effect of mock arrests carried out on the wards to optimize the quality and timing of response to in-hospital emergencies.

John Charles Polanyi Postdoctoral Prizes

In honour of the achievement of John Charles Polanyi, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Government of the Province of Ontario has established a fund to provide annually up to five prizes to outstanding researchers in the early stages of their career who are continuing to post-doctoral studies or have recently started a faculty appointment at an Ontario university.

The prizes are valued at $20,000 for one year, and are available in areas broadly defined as Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Economic Science. 

Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

Please see the full McMaster announcement.

In order to be eligible for the award candidates must:

  • Be researching in the areas broadly defined as Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Economic Science. 
  • Any person who is planning to continue to post-doctoral studies (or has a faculty appointment) in a recognized Ontario publicly assisted university who meets the following criteria may apply for one of the prizes:
    • is normally resident in Ontario and has completed or is near completion of doctoral studies in any recognized university in the world, or has completed or is nearing completion of doctoral studies in an Ontario university; and
    • has received the doctoral degree between September 1, 2013 and April 30, 2017, or if the doctoral degree has not yet been awarded, will have completed all the requirements for the doctoral degree by April 30, 2017. Applicants holding faculty appointments within these time limits may apply. (Note: Applicants who have been on parental leave between the time of completion of the doctorate and the time of application may have their period of eligibility extended by six months.)

     

Conditions of the prize:

  • The prizes are awarded to recognize truly outstanding researchers and scholars for their work during their PhD program and/or in their post-doctoral research.
  • The Selection Committee reviews the record of research and publications as well as a description of planned research when it makes its decisions about the applicants to be awarded the Prizes. The Committee looks for the evidence from past research in very concrete terms and sees a plan for future research - both are considered but a good plan without a truly meritorious record of past achievement would not be recognized with a Polanyi Prize.
  • The tax-exempt Prizes are awarded directly to recipients who have discretion over the use of the funding. The prizes may be held along with any other financial support or research funds received by the winners.
  • It is hoped that the prizes will be conferred by September, 2017. No prize will be awarded without the successful applicant having completed all requirements for the doctoral degree.

 

Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

Each applicant must submit to graduatescholarships@mcmaser.ca

Department Process - Letter of Support

  •  A letter of support is required from the department. 
  •  The letter is also due on December 1, 2016.
  •  Department Chairs and/or Proposed Supervisors of the Postdoctoral Fellow and/or fourth year doctoral applicant are required to provide a letter of support in Word or Word compatible format. 
  •  Among other things, the letter should clarify the nature of the position which will be held by the candidate. 
  •  The letter of support will assist the AVP/Dean of Graduate Studies, and will become the basis of the formal Institutional Nomination Letter required as part of the application.
  •  The Department is required to submit the letter of support by the deadline to graduatescholarships@mcmaster.ca.

The application must be submit as ONE PDF that includes the following:

  • The completed application form.
  • Curriculum vitae, including information concerning the application. Please note, updates to curriculum vitae will not be accepted after submission
  • A brief summary of the doctoral thesis (1 page, to be written by the applicant)
  • A statement of research (or writing) to be undertaken during the period of the award (maximum of 2 pages, plus an additional 1 page for diagrams, bibliography, etc., to be prepared by the applicant)
  • A non-technical summary (maximum 500 words, to be written by the applicant)

The applicant must also provide:

  • Confidential letters from four assessors. These should focus on an evaluation of the applicant’s research (or writing) to date, and the research (or writing) being undertaken. The applicant must ask for the appraisals to be transmitted electronically directly to the Dean of Graduate Studies by e-mailing graduatescholarships@mcmaster.ca. Two of the assessors must not have been associated with the candidate as either a supervisor, or a member of the applicant’s supervisory committee, or a co-author and should preferably be from another university.

For further information please visit the COU Website.

 

Ontario Women's Health Scholars Award

Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, a Scholar Awards Program in Women's Health has been established to ensure that Ontario attracts and retains pre-eminent women's health scholars. The community of women's health scholars fostered by this Awards program will excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge about women's health and its translation into improved health for women, more effective health services and products for women, and a strengthened health care system.

The award is valued at $50,000 with a $5,000 research allowance.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

Please see the full McMaster announcement.

The application must be submit as ONE PDF that includes the following:

  • The completed application form.
  • A curriculum vitae (including information concerning the eligibility criteria).
  • A brief summary of the doctoral thesis (maximum 300 words).
  • A statement of research to be undertaken during the period of postdoctoral research (maximum 1,000 words). There must also be an additional non-technical summary (maximum 500 words). These statements must be written by the candidate.
  • Confidential letters fromfour assessors for Postdoctoral applicants. These appraisals should focus on an evaluation of the applicant’s research to date, and the research being undertaken during the postdoctoral period. The applicant must ask for the appraisals to be transmitted electronically directly to the Dean of Graduate Studies at graduatescholarships@mcmaster.ca.  Two of the assessors should preferably be from another university and must not have been associated with the candidate as either a supervisor, or a member of the candidate’s supervisory committee, or a co-author.

For further information please visit the COU Website.

 

In order to be eligible for this award candidates must:

  • All applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada as of the application deadline date (January 31, 2017)
  • To be eligible for a Postdoctoral Award, applicants must be engaged in full-time research at an Ontario university at the time of taking up the award (i.e., September 1, 2017), and must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree by the application deadline (i.e., January 31, 2017) and within 36 months of the application deadline (i.e., no earlier than January 31, 2014). If a longer period of time has passed, for example for childrearing, applicants must submit a rationale for the delay in application.

Conditions of the award:

  • All applicants must be sponsored and endorsed by the Dean of Graduate Studies at the Ontario university at which they are undertaking graduate study or postdoctoral research.
  • Holders of Women's Health Scholars Awards are precluded from holding any other major award during the term of this award.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

Each applicant must submit to graduateshcholarships@mcmaster.ca 

 

H.G. Thode Postdoctoral Fellowship

In commemoration of the late Dr. Harry Thode's achievements as a nuclear scientist and as a visionary university president, McMaster University is pleased to invite applications from outstanding candidates for an endowed postdoctoral fellowship in the general areas of Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Sciences or Nuclear Engineering.

Two two-year awards valued at $100,000 each ($50,00 per year).

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017

In order to be eligible for the award candidates must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent residence, or internation candidate for a Postdoctoral Fellowship.
  • Successfully completed a PhD between September 30, 2013 and September 30, 2017.
  • Must be able to start a Postdoctoral position by October 1, 2017.
  • Fellowship is tenable at McMaster University, where the Fellow is expected to pursue full-time postdoctoral study and research for the term of the fellowship.

Conditions of the award:

  • Tenable for 2 years
  • For the Fellowship term, the total award will be $100,000 ($50,000), out of which the Fellow will be expected to pay all related travel, equipment, research and other expenses, as well as his/her own salary.
  • The supervisor is required to pay for the benefits for the duration of the fellowship.
  • No other paid employement or major academic award may be accepted during the term the fellowship is held.

Please see the full conditions for the H.G. Thode Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017

Supporting documentation for your application is to be submitted to your department by March 31, 2017.

Department Process - Action Required

Department graduate administrators will submit a PDF copy of their candidates completed application to graduatescholarships@mcmaster.ca by May 1, 2017.

A complete application will include the following:

 a) 2017 H.G. Thode Postdoctoral Fellowship Checklist

 b) 2017 H.G. Thode Postdoctoral Fellowship application form signed by the Department Chair

 c) Curriculum vitae of the applicant

 d) Official Graduate Transcripts with legends

 e) A full Statement of the proposed research program, including its expected impact, in non-technical terms (1 page maximum)

 f) A Personal Statement to be written by the applicant (2 pages maximum). The statement should summarize the proposed research project, highlight prop achievements, and include a brief summary of your rationale for selecting the supervisor with whom you wish to work. Also explain what impact receiving the H.G. Thode Postdoctoral Fellowship would have on your ability to complete this phase of your research career.

 g) TWO confidental letters of support sent directly by the authors to the supporting department graduate administrator. References must be provided by:

  1. The proposed research supervisor(s) - This letter must include a statement that the supervisor will pay for the applicant's benefits if he or she wins the award.
  2. PhD supervisor (or most recent postdoctoral fellowship supervisor)