Western Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

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The Western Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is administered by Western Research.

Faculty Research Office Deadline: If you wish to have feedback on the application allow at least two weeks – contact Karen Kueneman
ROLA: November 5
Western Research: November 9

Description: Western’s Postdoctoral Fellowships Program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants who will contribute positively to research excellence at the university and help advance Western’s strategic research plan.   The Postdoctoral Fellowships Program’s objectives are to:

  • Attract top-tier postdoctoral talent, nationally and internationally;
  • Develop their leadership potential; and
  • Position them for success as tomorrow’s research leaders.

Applicants to the Postdoctoral Fellowships Program must make their application paired with a supervising faculty member.  

Up to 11 Fellowships are available for the 2021 competition. Each faculty and school will be allocated a minimum of one Fellowship.

Amount: Fellowships will provide a minimum stipend of $45,000/year plus benefits for two years. Western Research will contribute up to 50 per cent of the Fellowship costs. The host faculty and/or supervising faculty member are responsible for securing the remaining 50 per cent of costs. For further details, see program guidelines

Through a partnership with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, and in support of the goals of Western’s Indigenous Strategic Plan, at least one of the Fellowships awarded will be an Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellowship. Eligible applicants for the Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellowship are those who self-identify as Indigenous, who will be supervised by an Indigenous faculty member, or who will conduct Indigenous Research during the Fellowship.

Matching funds for an Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellowship will not be required from the faculty or supervisor and will be provided by the Office of the Provost & Vice-President Academic. Details are provided in the program guidelines.

Eligibility: See the program guidelines for Postdoctoral Fellow eligibility.
Supervisors must hold a research-eligible position at Western. Applicants must secure written commitment of a qualified faculty member at Western who has the expertise, experience, and capacity to act as the Principal Supervisor of the Postdoctoral Fellow and their proposed project (see instructions for the “Supervisor’s Statement” attachment on the application form).

More Information and Applications: The application form and program guidelines, including further information around eligibility, matching funds, and the application process, are available on the Western Postdoctoral Fellowships Program page.

Updates (as of Aug 27/21) have been made to the Program Guidelines for the Western Postdoctoral Fellowships program to clarify the following:

  • Applicants may have, or be near completion of, a PhD or PhD-equivalent or health professional degree (see Section 2.1.1, General eligibility).
  • Funding for successful applications will begin on a mutually agreed upon date within the 2022 calendar year (see Section 1.3.4, Project time period).

Updated guidelines…

Questions: contact intgrant@uwo.ca

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Kueneman, Karen
Staff, 2015 Fall
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