Research Funding for Post-doctoral Researchers

External Funding

See additional funding options on the website of Western Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.

See below for a list of featured opportunities:

Cancer Research Society - Scholarship for the Next Generation of Scientists

  • Consists of 2 parts: 1) post-doctoral salary award for one year for a candidate finishing his/her fellowship; 2) an operating grant once the candidate has obtained a faculty position in a recognized Canadian institution
  • $50,000 for 1st year; $60,000/year for each of 2nd and 3rd years
  • Deadline: April

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The Lalor Foundation – Post-doctoral Program

  • Basic post-doctoral research in mammalian reproductive biology as related to the regulation of fertility
  • Applicant may be a citizen of any country
  • Applicant should have training and experience of at least equal to the Ph.D. or M.D. level and should not have a faculty appointment (i.e., instructor, lecturer, or higher)
  • Applicant should not have held the doctoral degree more than two years
  • $55,000 for one year; renewal for second year possible
  • Deadline: January

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Core Fulbright Scholar Awards - for US applicants to come to Canada

  • Enable American faculty and professionals to conduct research and/or teach
  • For 2-12 months at a university or research centre outside of the US (such as Canada)
  • Applicants must have received a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree
  • Deadline: American scholars – September

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EMBO Post-doctoral Fellowships

  • Applicants must move from an EMBC Member State, must be nationals of an EMBC Member
    State, and must have performed their PhD in one of the EMBC Member States (see 'More Information' below for definition of these states)
  • Awarded for up to 2 years
  • Intended for advanced training through research
  • Deadline: anytime

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Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) - for European applicants to come to Canada - Long-term Fellowships

  • Up to three years of post-doctoral research training in an outstanding laboratory in another country
  • Fellow must either come from or go to a member country (such as Canada)
  • Deadline: check website

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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Global Postdoctoral Fellowships - for European applicants to come to Canada

  • For European researchers based in the EU or associated countries - they train and acquire new knowledge in a country outside of Europe (1-2 years)
  • Subsequently, these researchers return to an organization based in the EU or associated countries (1 year)
  • Support for up to 3 years
  • Deadline: check website

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Internal Funding

Petro-Canada Young Innovator Awards (specific to Robarts)

  • For new full-time faculty (with an eligible research appointment) and post-doctoral scholars, who work in a laboratory at Robarts Research Institute
  • Award is $5500
  • Deadline: March

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Western's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

  • For researchers whose PhD was received within 3 years
  • Postdoctoral scholars who work or have worked at Western are ineligible
  • At least one of awards will be an Indigenous Western Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Each award is $45,000 per year for 2 years (not renewable)
  • Deadline: check website

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