Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

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Grant amount: C $90,000

Deadline: Oct 17, 2020 5:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Location of citizenship: Canada

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 2 years of receiving their PhD

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The Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) Program provides support to a core of the most promising researchers at a pivotal time in their careers. The fellowships are also intended to secure a supply of highly qualified Canadians with leading edge scientific and research skills for Canadian industry, government and universities.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To be considered eligible for support, as of the deadline date of the year in which you apply, you must:
    • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
    • hold or expect to hold a doctorate in one of the fields of research that NSERC supports
  • In addition:
    • You must have completed all requirements of your first doctoral degree no more than two years before the deadline date of the year in which you apply, or by September 1 of the year of the award announcement
    • If you have acquired at least six months of full-time relevant work experience in industry or government (experience in a university or its affiliated hospitals, research centres and other laboratories will not be considered) after you received your doctorate, NSERC will extend this eligibility period to three years
    • If, within two years following the date of completion of your PhD, you withdraw from the workforce and from active research for maternity leave or to raise a child for at least one year, NSERC will extend this eligibility period to six years
  • You can only apply once to the PDF Program
  • You may submit only one application per year to one granting agency (NSERC or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research or the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council)
  • You can hold your PDF at:Canadian universities;
    • provincial research institutions in Canada;
    • other appropriate research laboratories in Canada; and
    • universities and research institutions abroad.
      • You may hold a PDF abroad only if you have received your doctorate from a Canadian university.


  •  NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students who are interested in the program to apply.


  • You cannot hold a PDF in Canadian government laboratories or in industrial laboratories across Canada.