Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies announced Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program to provide 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. Nominees must be nominated by their prospective Faculties/divisions following the timeline and processes outlined in the guidelines.

Departmental Pre-Selection Process:

Each UTM academic department must review and rank all the PDF applications prior to their submission to the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research (OVPR). Academic departments will set their own internal deadlines and processes in order to facilitate the departmental review and ranking process

The deadline for UTM departments to submit complete application packages, plus their ranking sheet, to the OVPR is October 15, 2019, all in the order as listed in the cover sheet in a single .pdf to

Adjudication Process & Evaluation Criteria:

The OVPR will establish an Ad-Hoc adjudication committee to review and adjudicate the Provost’s PDF applications based on the following selection criteria.

·      Excellence of the research proposal and nominee’s CV;

·      Nomination letter from the supervisor, demonstrating the fit between the research interests/background of the supervisor and applicant, and the anticipated mutual benefits. Provide specifics about how the proposed research complements the supervisor’s ongoing projects and/or new research directions.

·      Support letter from the graduate unit Chair, addressing how the nominee meets the eligibility criteria and confirming that the nominee intends to accept the offer if funding is made available. The letter should illustrate the synergy between the research proposal and the research goals of the supervisor/unit, as well as the mission of the University. The letter should outline support of the nominee by demonstrating how the faculty/unit and applicant will benefit from this engagement.

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.