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BrainsCAN Funding Opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

We are pleased to announce the second Request for Applications for the BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. This program is part of Western’s $66M BrainsCAN initiative, supported by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). The CFREF investment is intended to enable researchers at the University, along with their national and international academic and commercial partners, to seek answers to fundamental questions regarding how we learn, think, move and communicate.

Training the next generation of researchers is a key aim of BrainsCAN, and postdoctoral fellows are the engines of innovative research. The BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellowship Program has been developed to attract the world’s most promising young neuroscientists. Successful applicants will be outstanding young scientists whose innovative work has already achieved impact, and who have demonstrated great potential for continued contributions.

Program Details:

Up to 10 BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded in the Fall 2018 competition, to highly qualified individuals from any country. Depending on prior experience, awards will be offered for 2 years (Tier II) or 3 years (Tier I), potentially renewable, with annual salary ranging from $55,000-$75,000 CAD (plus benefits) depending on Tier and on other funding, as well as an independent research/travel allowance of $3000-$5000 per year (depending on Tier). Tier I recipients will also have access to apply for internal BrainsCAN operating funds of over $12M for innovative research. Other benefits include Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan, a health care spending account, parental leave, and Western’s mentorship and professional development program for postdoctoral scholars, Competitive Edge (

Applicants must identify and contact potential advisors at Western before applying. An interdisciplinary, collaborative approach, involving affiliation with more than one lab, is strongly encouraged.

For more information please see:

Contact Information:

The program co-chairs are Drs. Stefan Everling and Ingrid Johnsrude.

For administrative questions, please contact BrainsCAN (

Application Procedures

Please visit the Western University website for eligibility information.

Eligibility Requirements

Please visit the Western University website for eligibility information.

Evaluation Criteria

Please visit the Western University website for eligibility information.


Annual Value

Up to $75,000 CAD