Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program​

Award Overview

Value & Duration

The Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is available to engage seven postdoctoral fellows annually. Each award will provide $70,000 per year to the Faculty to support up to two years of a postdoctoral’s salary and benefits. This level of funding exceeds the median postdoctoral salary at the University of Toronto and is in keeping with Canada’s most prestigious postdoctoral awards. The Fellowship may be used to fund both the postdoctoral fellow’s gross salary and employer costs (10% Standard Benefit Rate, and $50/month postdoctoral levy), or only the gross salary, in which case, the faculty/unit/department would be responsible for covering the additional employer costs. Units/departments have the option and are encouraged, to augment the salary support from a variety of sources, including operating budget, faculty advisor funds such as research grants, other awards, etc. Successful postdoctoral fellows will also receive a start-up (salary) fund of $5,000 per year, funded through the Faculty Research Office or faculty advisor.


The University of Toronto Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides funding to Graduate Faculties to increase opportunities for hiring postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented groups, specifically Indigenous and Black researchers. These fellowships will enable postdoctoral researchers to grow their scholarly profiles, undertake academic work at the University of Toronto, and strengthen the research environment at the University with diverse perspectives.

This funding is designed to help the University compete with peer institutions for top-tier candidates, and to support the University in meeting its institutional goal of fostering increased diversity and representation at all levels of teaching, learning and research. Nominees must be nominated by their prospective Faculties/divisions following the timeline and processes outlined below. While the nomination/application process will normally begin with faculty advisors/mentors, funding for the successful nominees will be provided to their respective Faculty Research Office for administration.

Read about the recipients of the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows on the PPFP webpage.


The award is open to both domestic and international candidates.

Nominees must:

  • Demonstrate academic excellence and high potential for success in their chosen fields;
  • Identify as Indigenous and/or Black;
  • Have obtained a doctoral degree, at the time the fellowship commences and normally within the last five years from the start of the fellowship; and
  • Not have held a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship previously.

Recipients must:

  • Begin the fellowship by January 2023, following the competition;
  • Be a postdoctoral employee of the University of Toronto;
  • Be associated with a supervisor appointed to a graduate unit;
  • Register and remain registered with the Postdoctoral Office at SGS;
  • Not hold concurrently another major fellowship;
  • Not hold a faculty position or be on leave from such a position;
  • Establish an IDP (Independent Development Plan) and submit to SGS within the first three months of the fellowship. The IDP should be reviewed annually and the revised copy sent to the Postdoctoral Office at SGS; and
  • Submit proof of completion of degree no later than three months after the fellowship commences if they had not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time of nomination.

At the University of Toronto, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive community, rich with diversity, protecting the human rights of all persons, and based upon understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of every person. We seek to ensure to the greatest extent possible that all students and employees enjoy the opportunity to participate as they see fit in the full range of activities that the University offers, and to achieve their full potential as members of the University community.

Application Process

Applicants must be nominated by their Faculty (e.g., Faculty of Arts and Science) to SGS. Faculty Research Offices are asked to establish and communicate their internal application deadline and selection process before forwarding nominations to the School of Graduate Studies.

Potential nominees interested in the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program should contact the nominating supervisor. ​ Supervisors wishing to support a candidate’s application must contact their graduate unit/department Chair and affiliated Faculty Research Office to inquire about the Faculty’s internal deadline and nomination process. Please refer to the Faculty Research Office contact information table below.

Each Faculty Research Office is invited to nominate their top three (3) candidates in each self-identification category to the School of Graduate Studies at by the SGS deadline.

Please submit a list of all candidates considered (using the SGS submission spreadsheet), and a complete nomination package for each ranked nominee. Please use the file naming convention of “Last name, First Name_PPFP2022” for the nomination packages.

The nomination package for each nominee should be scanned as a single PDF file, containing all application materials in the order as listed below:

  • A support letter from the graduate unit/department Chair, as per the selection criteria above (maximum two pages). Be sure to clearly state in the letter, with which underrepresented group (Indigenous and/or Black) the nominee identifies;
  • A nomination letter from the faculty advisor/mentor, as per the selection criteria above;
  • Statement of research intent from the nominee (maximum two pages);
  • Nominee’s C.V. (no page restriction); and
  • A short personal biography written by the nominee (150-words limit), which may be used on the SGS Postdoctoral Fellows website or other communications, should they be successfully selected as a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow.

Reminder: A draft engagement letter is no longer required for the nomination package.


Results of the competition will be made available and communicated to Faculty Research Offices in May 2022.

Contacts & Resources

For information regarding the nomination process, deadlines and point of contact at each Faculty Office, please refer to the Faculty Research Office contact list on the SGS website or contact:

Sarah Pickering
Postdoctoral Administrative Officer
Postdoctoral Office, School of Graduate Studies

Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 

Faculty 2022 Faculty deadline for PPFP applications Applicants submit application directly to: Point of contact for applicants and supervisors: Administrative Contact
Applied Science and Engineering March 14th, 2022

An additional FASE application form should be included with the submission.

Faculty Office Faculty Office David Duong
Architecture, Landscape, and Design – Daniels March 15th, 2022

Supervisors wishing to support a candidate’s application should notify the Faculty Administrative Contact in advance of the Daniels internal deadline

Faculty Office Faculty Office Shirley Chan
Arts and Science March 15th, 2022

(additional details can be found on the FAS Funding Page)

Faculty Research Office Faculty Research Office Christine Yarish
Dentistry March 15th, 2022 Graduate Unit Graduate Unit Lisa Hutchinson
Information March 4th, 2022 by 5pm Faculty Office Faculty Office Jennifer Laurentius
Kinesiology and Physical Education March 15th, 2022 Faculty Office Faculty Research Office Faculty Research Office
Law March 18th, 2022 Faculty Office Gradute Office Graduate Office
Management For deadline date, contact Faculty Administrator Faculty Office Faculty Office Sasha Lucas
Medicine March 1st, 2022 Faculty Office Faculty Office Yasman Mohammadzadeh
Mississauga (UTM) March 4th, 2022

(Additional details can be found on the UTM website)

Faculty Office Faculty Office Rong Wu
Music March 15th, 2022 Faculty Research Office Faculty Research Office Faculty Research Office, Faculty Dean Office and, Strategic Research Development Officer
Nursing For deadline date, contact Faculty Administrator Faculty Research Office Faculty Research Office Shefali S. Ram and Marian Smith
OISE March 7th, 2022

(Applicants are encouraged to work with potential PI’s to set a date well in advance of the Faculty deadline of March 7th)

Faculty Research Office Faculty Research Office  Lisa Smith
Pharmacy – Leslie Dan March 1st, 2022 by 5pm Graduate Unit Graduate Unit Mike Folinas and Sam D’Alfonso
Public Health – Dalla Lana February 28th, 2022 by 5pm

(Applicants are asked to send the Research Office a notification of intent to apply by February 14th, 2022)

Research Office Research Office Lee Vernich and Caroline Godbout
Scarborough (UTSC) March 7th, 2022

(Additional details can be found on the UTSC website)

Office of the Vice-Principal Academic & Dean Office of the Vice-Principal Academic & Dean Shelley Eisner and Gisela Bento
Social Work March 7th, 2022 Faculty Office Faculty Office Heather Gibb