Western University Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Research Western, on behalf of the Vice-President (Research), invites applications from all eligible individuals for Western’s Postdoctoral Fellowships Program. This program is funded by Western University and administered by Research Development & Services (RD&S).

Western’s Postdoctoral Fellowships Program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, nationally and internationally, who will contribute positively to research excellence at the university and help advance Western's strategic research plan.

The Postdoctoral Fellowships Program’s objectives are to:

  • Attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, nationally and internationally;
  • Develop their leadership potential; and
  • Position them for success as tomorrow’s research leaders.

Please note: the deadline for this competition has been extended two weeks and applications are now due on January 15, 2019 at 14:00 (Eastern).

Value and Allocation 

Up to 10 Fellowships are available on an annual basis. Each award will be worth a minimum of $40,000 per year for a duration of two years (non-renewable).

Matching requirement: A minimum 1:1 funding match is required.

  • $20,000 + Benefits is provided through the Vice-President (Research); and
  • A minimum of $20,000 + Benefits must be committed by another source (e.g., grant money from a supervisor, industry funding, departmental or faculty-level support, etc.). Note: As this funding is intended to allow recipients to conduct research-intensive projects, remuneration for teaching (or teaching assistance) cannot be included as a component of the $20,000 match.


  • Up to five fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars whose primary supervisor is affiliated with a Social Sciences and Humanities faculty (Arts & Humanities, Education, Information & Media Studies, Law, Music, Ivey Business School, Health Sciences and Social Science);
  • Up to five fellowships are available to postdoctoral fellows whose primary supervisor is affiliated with a STEM faculty (Engineering, Health Sciences, Science, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry); and
  • At least one of the fellowships awarded will be reserved for outstanding individuals who will undertake high-quality research that has the potential of advancing excellence in Indigenous research (as outlined in Western’s Indigenous Strategic Plan: Goal 4 – Achieve Excellence in Indigenous Research & Scholarship).

Research Development & Services, in consultation with an Associate Vice-President (Research), reserves the right to exclude from competition any submissions that are incomplete or inconsistent. Excluded applications will not be presented to reviewers for consideration.


For more information please contact Trevor Bieber, Grants Officer (519.661.2111 ext. 82778)


Application Procedures

Please refer to the Western University website for application procedures.

Eligibility Summary

Please refer to the Western University website for eligibility information.

Evaluation Criteria

Please refer to the Western University website for evaluation criteria.

Annual Value

$40,000 CAD