Canadian Postdoctoral Fellows

Important Notice
InformationMake sure you meet the requirements of the University of Ottawa for postdoctoral fellows.
Find a research supervisor

To initiate the process for a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Ottawa, identify and contact a professor in your area of interest to inquire about postdoctoral opportunities and the possibility of supervising your research.

To identify potential research supervisors whose research activities may be of interest to you:

  • Visit the websites of individual faculties and academic units, where you can usually find a list of faculty members and their research areas.
  • Consult the list of graduate programs offered at the University and select a program of interest, where you’ll find a list of professors associated with the program under the Professors tab.

In most cases, postdoctoral fellowships are funded directly by the research supervisor from the supervisor’s research funds. You may also consult the list of postdoctoral fellowships from external agencies. There is a minimum level of funding required for postdoctoral appointments at the University of Ottawa (see Policy on postdoctoral appointments).

Once you and a research supervisor have reached an agreement, your supervisor will send you a formal letter of offer outlining the nature of the planned research, confirming the financial support (stipend, fellowship) and providing other relevant details. 

Registration
  1. If you are not being funded by a fellowship directly from an external agency, obtain a filled Request for scholarship or bursary form (B form) from the academic unit of your research supervisor. Please see the administrative assistant in your department to fill out this form. 
  2. Complete a Postdoctoral Registration form and have your research supervisor and the director of the department, or equivalent, sign the form. 
  3. Send the documents below by email to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at postdoc@uOttawa.ca.
  • A duly completed  Postdoctoral Registration form with all necessary signatures 
  • Proof of remuneration (B form or letter from sponsoring agency)
  • Proof you hold a PhD degree
  • Your resume (if you have previously done any postdoctoral fellowships with the University of Ottawa or another university, your resume must indicate the exact start and end dates)

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, will notify you promptly by email (usually within five business days) of the decision for your registration.

Bring the postdoctoral registration form duly signed and approved by Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and a copy of your B form (or letter from your sponsoring agency) to the University of Ottawa’s Human Resources in room 019 of Tabaret Hall to obtain:

  • An identification card
  • An information kit on benefits and insurance programs available for you to purchase from an insurance carrier, at your expense (Note: some insurance programs require you to register within 30 days of signing your B form).
Renewals
  1. If you are not being funded by a fellowship directly from an external agency, obtain a filled Request for scholarship or bursary form (B form) from the academic unit of your research supervisor. Please see the administrative assistant in your department to fill out this form.
  2. Complete a Postdoctoral Registration form and have your research supervisor and the director of the department, or equivalent, sign the form.
  3. Send the documents below by email to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at postdoc@uOttawa.ca.

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, will notify you promptly by email (usually within five business days) of the decision for your registration.

Bring the postdoctoral registration form duly signed and approved by Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and a copy of your B form (or letter from your sponsoring agency) to the University of Ottawa’s Human Resources in room 019 of Tabaret Hall to obtain:

  • An identification card
  • An information kit on benefits and insurance programs available for you to purchase from an insurance carrier, at your expense (Note: some insurance programs require you to register within 30 days of signing your B form).
End of fellowship

You can obtain a Postdoctoral Fellowship Testimonial, signed by Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, that confirms you have successfully completed your postdoctoral appointment at the University of Ottawa. To obtain this testimonial, submit a completed Recommendation for a Postdoctoral Fellowship Testimonial form signed by your research supervisor to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Upon receipt of a recommendation from your supervisor, the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will issue you a Postdoctoral Fellowship Testimonial.

For questions regarding postdoctoral fellowships, please contact postdoc@uottawa.ca.

Do you have questions about the Banting scholarships Do not hesitate to contact an officer at Banting-Vanier@uOttawa.ca

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