Awards & Funding

The University of British Columbia offers and administers programs that provide financial help to Postdoctoral Fellows. Some of these funding opportunities are external to UBC, however others can be applied to a UBC PDF appointment.

Award Highlights

Funding Agencies


CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) postdoctoral fellowships provide support for highly qualified candidates at the postdoctoral (post-PhD) or post health professional degree stages to add to their experience by engaging in health research either in Canada or abroad. Please visit the CIHR website for more information.


NSERC (Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council) postdoctoral fellowships provide 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. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students who are interested in the program to apply. Please visit the NSERC website for more information.


SSHRC (Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council) Postdoctoral fellowships provide stipendiary support to recent PhD graduates who are:

  • undertaking original research;
  • publishing research findings;
  • developing and expanding personal research networks;
  • broadening teaching experience; and
  • preparing to become competitive in national research grants competitions.

Please visit the SSHRC website for more information.


Through unique research and training programs, Mitacs is developing the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills. In partnership with companies, government and academia, Mitacs is supporting a new economy using Canada’s most valuable resource – its people. MITACS offers multiple funding opportunities, several are applicable to postdocs. Please visit the Funding Opportunities page on the MITACS website for more information.

Other Funding Sources

Applying for Funding

Please visit Funding Opportunities for a listing of funding opportunities that may be available to you.

Some funding opportunities require institutional endorsement of applications. Unless otherwise specified, please follow the procedures outlined in the UBC Signature Policy: Application for Research Funding.

Upcoming Award Deadlines