UTM Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Program

 

Program Purpose:

Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDFs) are an important post-PhD training opportunity, affording recent graduates an opportunity to establish an independent research program. The Office of the Vice-Principal Research's (OVPR) Postdoctoral Fellowship program aims to provide up to 6 awards annually—2 in the Humanities, 2 in the Social Sciences, and 2 in the in Sciences.

The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. UTM views these Fellowships as an important tool to ensure diverse groups have access to research support at this important early career stage.

Each UTM 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. The $40,000 award does not represent the total value of a PDF stipend, but is intended as a contribution to the PDF’s salary, which can be assembled from various funding sources (internal or external). The actual salary of a UTM Postdoctoral Fellow will be determined by the faculty supervisor in accordance with departmental norms and the CUPE 3902 Collective Agreement.

If awarded, the Fellowship needs to be taken up prior to September 1, 2020.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is governed by the terms of the CUPE 3902, Unit 5 Collective Agreement. As such, potential supervisors and applicants should be aware of all provisions within the collective agree and that UTM Postdoctoral Fellowships are posted in accordance with the CUPE Unit 5 Collective Agreement.
 

Eligibility Guidelines:

To be eligible for a UTM Postdoctoral Fellowship, potential applicants must first and foremost be eligible to be appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow following all University of Toronto definitions and policies. UTM Postdoctoral Fellows may not concurrently hold another post-doctoral fellowship award, such as NSERC/SSHRC/CIHR or equivalents. Once appointed, UTM Postdoctoral Fellows cannot concurrently hold a tenure-track or continuing faculty position at a college or university.

Applicants may be citizens of any country and from any university. Successful international candidates must meet all Canadian immigration requirements.

UTM Postdoctoral Fellowships will only be tenable at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and proposed supervisors must have a tenured or tenure-track appointment in a UTM Department.

Departmental Pre-Selection Process:

Each UTM academic department may submit one PDF nominee per discipline (Humanities; Social Sciences; Sciences). Academic departments will set their own internal deadlines and processes in order to facilitate the departmental review and selection process.

The deadline for UTM departments to submit complete application packages to the OVPR for their PDF nominees is October 15, 2019.

Adjudication Process & Evaluation Criteria:

The OVPR will establish an Ad-Hoc adjudication committee to review and rank the departmental submissions. The top two applications from each discipline will be funded.

The Ad-Hoc adjudication committee will use three evaluation criteria: (1) Challenge; (2) Capability; and (3) Contribution. Evaluators scores will be weighted at 40% Challenge, 50% Capability, and 10% Contribution.

1.   Challenge (40%):

In the two-page research/scholarly activity proposal section of the application, applicants must describe the specifics of the proposed research or scholarly activity to be undertaken. The supervisor, in their 2-page submission, must also clearly explain the significance of the proposed work.

2.   Capability (50%):

Evaluators will review the applicant’s CV and the supervisor’s submission to determine the capability and potential of the applicant.

3.   Contribution (10%):

The faculty supervisor, in their 2-page submission, must provide details on how the proposed UTM Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient will contribute to the UTM academic community.
 

The UTM Postdoctoral Fellowship Application:

On or before October 15, 2019, academic departments must submit a complete application package (a single PDF document, using standard typeface and spacing) for their Fellowship nominees by e-mail to Rong Wu (rong.wu@utoronto.ca).

The application package submitted to the OVPR office must include the following:

From the department...

  • The number of applications received
  • A brief overview of the proceses used to rank the applications

From the potential UTM Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient…

  • Cover sheet (1 page)
  • CV, using any academic format
  • Research Proposal (2-page maximum) (If the applicant has already been at UTM for more than 6 months, they must justify the decision to remain at UTM.)
     

AND, from the proposed UTM-appointed faculty supervisor…

  • A completed commitment form (1 page)
  • A letter (2-page maximum) which includes:
    • a description of the applicant’s research potential;
    • the research environment and resources that will be available to the applicant;
    • how the fellowship will advance the applicant’s career development;
    • how the applicant will contribute to the UTM academic community.
  • Two referee/recommendation letters (2-page limit each), addressed to UTM Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Adjudication Committee. (It is applicant's responsibility to arrange these two letters to be sent to supervisor before departmental internal deadline).


Competition Results:

Results will be e-mailed to the faculty supervisors and their respective Chairs. The OVPR will not communicate directly with the PDF nominees. Individual scores/rankings cannot be provided, but if reviewers provide comments in their adjudication documents, that feedback can be shared with the faculty supervisors upon request.


Post-Award Details:

$42,000 will be transferred to the UTM Supervisor’s commitment fund centre (CFC) following the OVPR'S receipt of a copy of the fully signed PDF-appointment letter.

$40,000 must be earmarked to supplement/support the UTM Postdoctoral Fellow’s salary, while the remaining $2,000 may be spent at the Postdoctoral Fellow’s discretion in support of their research goals and in adherence with applicable Tri-Council expense eligibility guidelines.

Please note, that while it is not the OVPR's intention that this award be the sole source of salary support. If the Postdoctoral Fellowship Award is the sole source of funding for a PDF, then the true salary will be approximately $35,000, depending on departmental norms, as benefits and other employer costs will need to be accounted for and deducted from the $40,000 award.

Final Report: UTM Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients must submit a 1-2 page final report, describing what was accomplished, to the OVPR after fellowship has been completed. 

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