Working with Postdocs

In this section, faculty and staff will find the information required to work with postdoctoral candidates. Departments should be aware of the different classifications of postdoctoral fellows/scholars/researchers as well as the eligibility requirements for each designation and the division of responsibilities between researcher, supervisor and unit.  For a comprehensive overview of postdoctoral guidelines and procedures, visit the Postdocs section.

Postdoc supervisors should be aware of the guiding principles and best practices pertinent to advising postdocs. Supervisors must work with their unit and the postdoctoral candidate to draft the terms of the postdoctoral appointment through the letter of offer/agreement.  Once all parties approve the letter of agreement, a letter of appointment outlining the terms of the agreement must be provided to Postdoctoral Affairs. The letter of agreement is required for registration and payment.  It must be sent along with the registration materials to the postdocrecords [at] (Management of Academic Records Unit).

Postdoctoral funding

Adequate financial support is a requirement for postdoctoral registration and must be assured by the department/research unit through the payment of stipends. This payment is the sole responsibility of the department/research unit; it should be noted that these payments are taxable according to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Postdocs are also eligible for numerous funding opportunities through fellowships and awards.


For more information on working with postdoctoral fellows/scholars/researchers, please contact Postdoctoral Affairs. For department specific questions pertaining to postdoctoral research, please refer to the Postdoctoral contact listing.

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