- Funding will not be allocated to a postdoctoral scholar who received their PhD from the University of Calgary, except in cases where personal circumstances require the PDS to remain in Calgary, and where there is a proposed change in research context (new supervisor, Institute, or Department/Faculty, etc)
- Funding cannot be allocated to a PDS who already holds a postdoctoral position at the University of Calgary or who has previously held a postdoctoral position at the University of Calgary.
- A postdoctoral scholar is defined as an individual with five years or less of full-time training after PhD or other advanced degree. This window can be extended in cases of career interruption for extenuating circumstances, such as parental leave, illness, health-related family responsibilities, etc.
- Funding under this program is only available to faculty members to support one postdoctoral application per competition
VPR support does not include benefits or employer CPP and EI contributions
- Individuals obtaining external support (i.e. Tri-Council, AIHS, MITACS, or equivalent) or any other internal funding must immediately inform the Postdoctoral Office to enable re-allocation of funding to other individuals.
- Awards are always subject to the continuing availability of VPRO funds.
The adjudication committee will evaluate applications according to Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) recommendations, which recognize a wide and diverse range of scholarly outputs beyond the Journal Impact Factor.
Review criteria will include, but not necessarily be limited to:
Quality of the candidate (e.g., impact and significance of previous research and creative contributions, evidence of research leadership); respecting the stage and nature of the applicant’s career path
Quality of the proposed project, in terms of novelty/originality, feasibility, and expected impact (e.g., for discovery, society, policy, practice, innovation, etc.)
Supervisor’s current research, training, and where appropriate, innovation environment; early career supervisors are eligible and encouraged to apply
Institutional synergy, including alignment of the proposed project with UCalgary research and innovation priorities
You must provide the following in your online application form:
- Contact information
- Ph.D. completion information
- Contact information for 2 references
- Ensure that your referees submit letters of reference to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before the application deadline. We will not be contacting referees to request letters.
- Do not list your proposed UCalgary supervisor as a reference
- Proposed research project title
All documents must be on 8.5x11 pages, single-spaced with minimum margins of 2 cm on all sides, and a minimum font size of 11 in Arial font.
Attach the following as a single PDF, in the order listed below: The PDF attachment MUST include your first and last name in the file name
(e.g. "Last Name, First Name Application.pdf"):
1. Completed Eyes High Matching Fellowship Research Project Summary form
- The summary form is available for download here.
2. Research project proposal 2 pages maximum, plus 1 page references
- Briefly describe the impact and significance of your previous research and creative contributions. Include evidence of research leadership if possible, considering the stage and nature of your career path.
- Briefly summarize your research project in terms of novelty/originality, feasibility, and expected impact (e.g. for discovery, society, policy, practice, innovation, etc.
3. CV Include a list of publications, awards, grants, scholarships, and other relevant research outputs. The adjudication committee will evaluate applications according to Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) recommendations, which recognizes a wide and diverse range of scholarly outputs beyond the Journal Impact Factor.
4. Confirmation of Ph.D. degree completion (not required if degree is pending)
5. Faculty supervisor's statement 1 page maximum
- Include match-funding confirmation.
- Outline how the supervisor’s current research, training and innovation environment will support the applicant's research.
- Explain how your proposed project will align with current UCalgary research and innovation priorities.
6. Detailed plan for external funding applications 1 page maximum
- List all of the external or internal postdoctoral fellowships you have applied for or are planning to apply for.
We must also receive 2 letters of reference from referees to email@example.com on or before the application deadline. These must be submitted by the referees, and not by the applicant.
Letters of reference must be on institutional letterhead and include the name, title, and signature of the referee.