Postdoctoral Fellow Research Grants

Program Purpose:

The intent of these research grants is to provide Postdoctoral Research Fellows affiliated with UTM up to $2,000 funding to conduct a research project, or to be used for professional development. Eligible expenses will be governed by the rules of the most appropriate Tri-Council Agency. Up to 10 awards may be made per year.

Eligibility Guidelines:

To be eligible, a Postdoctoral Fellow must be supervised by a tenured or tenure-track faculty member appointed in a UTM academic department, and the Fellow must be affiliated with UTM. UTM Postdoctoral Fellow may only receive this grant once during their appointment. (Past and current recipients of the UTM Postdoctoral Fellowship are ineligible to apply, as they are provided $2,000 in research funding support as part of the Fellowship award.)

Each UTM appointed faculty member may support one UTM-affiliated postdoctoral fellow per academic year.

Adjudication Process & Evaluation Criteria:

The UTM Research Council—a multidisciplinary group that includes one representative from each academic unit—is responsible for establishing a 6-person sub-committee to review and rank applications. The sub-committee will be established after all applications have been received, and will include two scholars from each of the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Ad-hoc (non-UTM Research Council) members may be recruited to participate on the adjudication sub-committee.

Each UTM Postdoctoral Fellows Research Grant application will be reviewed and ranked by the discipline-appropriate members of the sub-committee. To be successful, applicants must write their applications for non-specialist reviewers. Applications written in a highly specialized or technical prose may receive a lower ranking.

There are two evaluation criteria: (1) Project Description, and (2) Budget Appropriateness.

Project Description: The applicant summarizes the proposed research or scholarly activity using language suitable for a multi-disciplinary audience. The applicant must clearly explain the significance (e.g., scholarly and/or community-based impacts, knowledge transfer and exchange impacts) of their project.

Budget & Justification: The applicant itemizes, describes and justifies how the proposed funds will be spent. Standard Tri-Council expense eligibility requirements must be followed. Proposals that do not make a clear, demonstrated case for the use of the funds will receive a lower ranking. 

The UTM Postdoctoral Fellow Research Grant Application:

A complete application must be submitted by the competition deadline as a single PDF document, using standard typeface and spacing, by e-mail to Rong Wu (

Applications for the first competition are due by November 15, 2018.

The maximum 4-page application package must include:

From the potential UTM Postdoctoral Fellow recipient…

  • Cover sheet (1 page)
  • A description of the research or scholarly activity, and a detailed budget request and justification, up to $2,000, with a description of any existing research support (2 pages)
  • A support letter from the PDF’s UTM Supervisor, endorsing the request (1 page)

Competition Results:

Results will be e-mailed to the Applicants, with a copy to their Supervisor, by the Office of the Vice-Principal Research (OVPR). Individual scores/rankings cannot be provided, but if reviewers provide comments in their adjudication documents, that feedback can be shared with applicants upon request.

Post-Award Details:

Shortly after award decisions have been made, the value of the award, up to $2,000, will be transferred to the UTM Supervisor’s commitment fund centre (CFC) following the receipt of any necessary certifications (see below). The award may be spent at the UTM Postdoctoral Fellow’s discretion in support of their research and scholarly activity and in adherence with applicable Tri-Council expense eligibility guidelines.

Certifications: University certifications for research using human subjects, animal subjects, or biohazards are required (as necessary) before funds can be transferred. Certifications need not be appended at the time of application; however, funding cannot be released until confirmation of the necessary certification is received by the OVPR.

Final Report: UTM Postdoctoral Fellow Research Grant recipients must submit a 1-2 page final report, describing what was accomplished, to the OVPR after the grant has been expended. 

Acknowledgment: The UTM affiliation of researchers and support from the OVPR should be acknowledged in any research outputs arising from this award.