Postdoctoral Appointments

Postdoctoral scholar appointments at the University of Calgary are full-time and involve substantial research activity. Effective September 2013, the minimum stipend for a postdoc at the University of Calgary is $40,000/year.

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Contact

Reach the Postdoctoral Office at postdoc@ucalgary.ca

Postdoctoral Associate (Employees)

Postdoctoral Associates make a significant impact on discovery, creativity and innovation at UCalgary. The terms and conditions of employment are covered under the UCalgary and PDAC Collective Agreement. 

  • An employee who receives funding through a supervising faculty member’s grant, a University grant, some external postdoctoral fellowships (e.g. Alberta Innovates, Mitacs, etc.), or an endowment/donation administered by the University.
  • The terms and conditions of the Postdoctoral Associate appointment type are covered under the UCalgary and PDAC Collective Agreement.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Holder (Non-Employees)

  • An individual who is awarded a fellowship from an external granting agency following a competitive process.
  • The University administers funds on behalf of the granting agency. 
  • These individuals do not have an employment relationship with the University. The stipend (fellowship earnings) is not subject to CPP and EI deductions. The fellowship earnings are considered income for Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) purposes but the University does not deduct income tax from each semi-monthly paycheque. At the end of the tax year, University payroll will issue a T4A slip to the Postdoctoral Fellowship Holder.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Holders are not eligible for Plan C Extended Health Benefits. Insurance can be purchased through a private insurance company at the expense of the postdoc. The supervisor may elect to reimburse the Postdoctoral Fellowship Holder for the cost of coverage, however it is not a requirement.
  • This appointment type is not covered under the PDAC Collective Agreement.

General Associate - Guest Postdoctoral Scholar

  • An individual who is awarded a fellowship from an external granting agency following a competitive process. The University does not administer funds on behalf of the granting agency.
  • These individuals do not have an employment relationship with the University. The stipend (fellowship earnings) is not subject to CPP or EI deductions.  The fellowship earnings are considered income for CRA purposes but the granting agency does not deduct income tax at source. At the end of the tax year, the granting agency will issue a T4A slip to the Guest Postdoctoral Scholar.
  • Guest Postdoctoral Scholars are not eligible for Plan C Extended Health Benefits. Insurance can be purchased through a private insurance company at the expense of the Postdoc. The supervisor may elect to reimburse the Postdoctoral Fellowship Holder for the cost of coverage, however it is not a requirement. 
  • This appointment type is not covered under the PDAC Collective Agreement.