HBHL Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Currently, the program is not accepting new applications. Launch date of the next edition TBC.


Each fellowship is 60,000 CAD (+benefits) per year


Up to two years (non-renewable)

Number of fellowships

Up to 8 fellowships will be awarded in this round


  • Competition launch: September 2018
  • Application deadline: January 10, 2019, 5:00 pm EST
  • Results announcement: March 2019
  • Award start: as early as March 1, 2019 and no later than October 1, 2019

What is the objective of this program?

The Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL) initiative is a high profile, high priority multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral program located at McGill University made possible with support from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). HBHL’s Postdoctoral Fellowships Program aims to recruit top postdoctoral fellows from across disciplines and around the world to participate in interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research training opportunities related to brain and mental health research, knowledge translation/mobilization and innovation. The HBHL Strategic Research Plan outlines the vision, deliverables, and overall goals of the initiative, and the research priorities of its four research themes.

Are you eligible?

  • Applicants must normally have obtained their PhD or equivalent (including a recognized health professional degree plus a medical specialty) at a university or institution other than McGill University. In certain circumstances an HBHL postdoctoral fellowship may be awarded to an applicant who is staying at McGill within the same research environment where they completed their PhD or equivalent. In such cases, a solid justification must be provided. Examples of valid justifications are scientific reasons (e.g., availability of specialized equipment/infrastructure or candidate’s unique expertise), medical reasons (e.g., proximity to required health care facilities), or family reasons (e.g., family obligations, a spouse's career) which make it necessary to remain at McGill for both the PhD or equivalent and postdoctoral studies.
  • Applicants must have obtained their PhD or equivalent by the award start date, and no more than 2 years prior to the award start date. The window of eligibility may be extended by a cumulative maximum of two years if the applicant had their career interrupted for reasons such as parental leave, illness and health-related family responsibilities. Please describe and justify any delay that would qualify you for an extension of the eligibility period.
  • The competition is open to both Canadian and foreign applicants. Candidates may consult the Brain@McGill Researcher Database to identify potential supervisors and contact them directly. However, potential supervisors are not limited to those in this database.
  • The proposed research project must be aligned with HBHL’s goals and research priorities and tie in to at least one of HBHL’s four Research Themes.
  • Applicants must be registered as a Postdoc at McGill University by the start date of the award. Successful applicants will be considered Postdoctoral Researchers (Group C).
  • The applicant cannot concurrently hold an HBHL award and a fellowship from another Canadian federal or provincial funding agency, or a McGill internal fellowship. However, fellowships from private foundations or organizations may be held concurrently.

How to apply?

The application package is available on the HBHL website. Applicants must register on the HBHL fellowships submission webpage (http://hbhl.research.mcgill.ca) to receive a link by email to upload the completed form and attachments (in PDF format) before January 10, 2019, 5:00 pm EST. The supervisor and referees will also receive a link by email to upload their letters of recommendation. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be accepted.


All eligible applications will be assessed by an evaluation committee along the following criteria. Applicants with the highest rankings (from 3 independent evaluations) will be considered for an award.

  • Research project (30%)
  • Applicant’s letter of motivation (10%)
  • Letter of recommendation from supervisor (15%)
  • Applicant’s publications, honours and transcripts/degrees (25%)
  • Letters from external referees (20%)

Application package and resources