Getting Funding

The University of Toronto has a minimum annual stipend for postdoctoral fellows of $31,000. Funds for this can be drawn from a variety of sources, secured either by the postdocs themselves or their faculty supervisors. Postdocs can secure funding from external granting agencies or fellowship programs or may be offered funding from their faculty supervisors’ grant or research resources.

Government Funding Websites

The following agencies and foundations have programs that fund postdoctoral research. Consult each agency and foundation website for specific information on the programs that they offer to provide funding to postdocs. International postdocs are strongly encouraged to check first with agencies and foundations in their home country.

Please note the following links will take you to external sites:

Canadian Institute for Health Research
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
National Research Council
Health Canada
National Institutes of Health
Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute
Canada Council for the Arts
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy
Network Centres of Excellence
Ontario Centres of Excellence
The Arthritis Society
Canadian Foundation for Innovation
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Royal Society
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Canadian Diabetes Association
Canadian Association of Physicists
MITACS Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Government of Ontario's Ministry of Research and Innovation
Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Fields Institute
University of Toronto Faculty of Arts & Science Fellowships
University of Toronto Institute for Municipal Governance and Finance​

Other University Awards

The following list includes awards offered by other universities across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Please contact these institutions directly for further information.

Memorial University, Institute of Social and Economic Research
University of British Columbia, Killam Fellowships
Dalhousie University, Killam Fellowships
University of Calgary, Killam Fellowships
University of Alberta, Killam Fellowships
University of Michigan Society of Fellows
Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study
Harvard University Society of Fellows
Harvard University, William Lyon Mackenzie King Fellowships
Princeton University Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts
Columbia University Society of Fellows
Cornell University
University of North Carolina
University of Pennsylvania, Mellon Fellowships
City University of New York
Dartmouth Department of Geography
Marie Sktodowska-Curie Fellowships
AXA Postdoctoral Fellowships
Newton International Fellowships
NERC Postdoctoral Fellows
Endeavour Research Fellowships, Australia
University of Sydney Fellowships
Azrieli Fellows Program

Awards for Recognition of Outstanding Achievements

The Graduate Awards Office at SGS manages the nomination process for a number of dissertation awards and doctoral prizes. Announcements for these awards and requests for submissions are sent annually from the Graduate Awards Office to the University's graduate units (departments, centres, and institutes). Finalists are selected by SGS to represent U of T at the provincial or national level.

Nominations are typically open to doctoral candidates or postdocs at U of T. The conditions for eligibility of these awards may change from year to year, so it is important that the eligibility qualifications are reviewed carefully on the sponsor's website. Candidates interested in these awards should notify their graduate unit supervisor or principle investigator. For more information, visit Postdoctoral Awards.