Funding for Postdoctoral Fellows


1.  UTM Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Program

Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDFs) are an important post-PhD training opportunity, affording recent graduates a chance to establish an independent research program. The Office of the Vice-Principal, Research will provide up to 6 awards. Each Postdoctoral Fellowship Award will include $40,000 to be used to supplement a PDF's salary, plus an extra $2,000 as a research grant. Fellowships will only be tenable at the University of Toronto Mississauga and proposed supervisors must have UTM tenured or tenure-track appointments.

2. U of T Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

University of Toronto Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship Proram provides funding to increase opportunities for hiring postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented groups, specifically Indigenous and Black researchers. These fellowships will enable postdoctoral researchers to grow their scholarly profiles, undertake academic work at the University of Toronto, and strengthen the research environment at the University with diverse perspectives. The funding is being offered as a pilot program for three years which was inaugurated in March 2019. Funding will be available to engage seven postdoctoral fellows per year for up to twenty-one postdoctoral fellows over the three-year pilot program. Each award will provide $70,000 per year to Faculties to support up to two years of postdoctoral salary and benefits.


3. Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is intended to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally; develop their leadership potential; and position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career.

Seventy fellowships are awarded annually, divided evenly between Canada’s three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC). There are a total of 140 awards active at any one time.


4.  UTM PDF Travel/Conference Grants

UTM PDF Travel/Conference Grants are intended to encourage presentation of research at academic conferences. Travel/Conference Grants will be provided to fund conference travel or conference fees. Other purposes, such as off-site research, data collection or collaboration, are ineligible for this program. The UTM Vice-Principal Research Office will provide up to $500 per person, to support travel to attend and present their research at a regional, national, or international conference or at an equivalent academic event. Expense eligibility will be in accordance with the policies of the University of Toronto and the appropriate Tri-Council Agency. When costs of travel or conference fees exceed those provided by this program, additional funds are expected from the faculty supervisor and/or a UTM department.