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Weston Brain Institute: Postdoctoral Scholars at Oxford Program

The Weston Brain Institute Postdoctoral Scholars at Oxford program supports top-tier Canadian postdoctoral scholars by providing international training at the University of Oxford and affiliation with Merton College. Prior to submitting an application, candidates should independently identify a host lab and potential supervisor at the University of Oxford who agrees to supervise them if awarded. Awardees will receive salary support for their postdoctoral positions at Oxford.

NEW for 2018:

We are now accepting applications on diet, physical activity, sleep and nutritional supplements, if these applications meet our other scope criteria.

If you are planning on submitting an application on diet, physical activity, sleep and nutritional supplements please contact Matthew Sacheli (, 1-416-967-7828) to ensure your project meets our mandate prior to submitting.

Program Overview

Refer to the Program Details for more information

Funding: Up to ~$95, 000 per year for 2 years

Goal: To encourage development of the next generation of leading Canadian neuroscientists by providing postdoctoral researchers with international training to accelerate their careers in translational research for neurodegenerative disease(s) of aging. Scholars should plan to build their careers in Canada upon completion of their postdoctoral position.

Project Eligibility

Projects must meet two conditions to be eligible:

  • Be translational research that helps accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging
  • Be the development of a therapeutic and/or tool

The Institute defines neurodegenerative diseases of aging to include: Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia, multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy, vascular contributions to the listed diseases (not stroke-mediated vascular disease), and prodromes to the listed diseases (e.g., mild cognitive impairment as prodromal to Alzheimer’s disease; REM sleep behavior disorder as prodromal to Parkinson’s disease). Proposed projects may relate to any disease(s), but must have an impact on neurodegenerative diseases of aging, and will be adjudicated based on their potential impact on these diseases.

To read how the Institute defines translational research, therapeutics and tools, please see What We Fund.

Before reaching out to a host supervisor at Oxford or starting an application, please contact Matthew Sacheli by email at or 416-967-7828 to confirm your eligibility and that your proposed project is in scope.

Application documents are submitted through our online grants management system. Please have your referees submit their letters of reference directly to the Institute by email at

Candidates should plan to begin their time at Oxford within 1 year after their application submission.

Application Procedures

Please refer to the Weston Brain Institute website for application information.

Eligibility Requirements

Please refer to the Weston Brain Institute website for eligibility information.

Evaluation Criteria

Please refer to the Weston Brain Institute website for evaluation information.


Annual Value

Up to $95,000 CAD for 2 years.