Research Funding for Postdocs **New Deadline May 31th 2020

uOttawa/CHEO-RI postdoctoral fellowship for the Advancement of Biological Perspectives for Exercise Interventions across the Lifespan

  • Competition opens every year in February; application deadline is April 30
Call for applications
Postdoctoral Fellowship for Advancement of Biological Perspectives for Exercise Interventions Across the Lifespan

Applications are now being accepted for a postdoctoral fellowship, funded by the uOttawa / CHEO Research Institute collaborative initiative around physical activity and health. This award will support a postdoctoral fellow doing research with a focus on understanding biological mechanisms by which physical activity impacts health outcomes across the lifespan, and how interventions may be designed to optimize health status and quality of life from youth to seniors. The award is for two consecutive years.


The applicant must:

  • Be registered or to be registered as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa (see here); (proof of registration will be required if registration is pending)
  • Actively participate in a research program related to the issues of physical activity and health, with a priority given to projects contributing to the understanding of biological perspectives for exercise interventions and impact in health and disease across the lifespan;
  • Provide a supporting letter from the postdoctoral supervisor acknowledging the contribution of the applicant to a dedicated research program.


Applications must be submitted by email at All following documents are required and will have to be collated into one PDF file. Email subject will have to indicate ‘’uOttawa/CHEO RI Postdoctoral Fellowship’’.

  • An academic curriculum vitae;
  • A copy of the candidate’s academic transcripts (Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate degrees, please note that submitted transcripts are subject to verification by the Faculty of Health Sciences);
  • A cover letter with statement by the candidate (4 pages maximum) explaining:
  1. How the research will be conducted to meet the stated objectives and goals of the fellowship
  2. A description of the research plan including specific hypotheses and objectives of the research and a description of the applicant's role on the project. The research plan should also describe how it relates to understanding biological mechanisms by which physical activity impacts health outcomes across the lifespan;
  • Two letters of reference.

Value of the award: $45,000
Level or program of study: Postdoctoral
Deadline for applications: April 30

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Nutrition and Mental Health

  • Competition opens every year in February; application deadline is April 30
Call for applications

Applications are now being accepted for two postdoctoral fellowships to support researchers conducting leading-edge research related to the links among food, nutrition, digestion, absorption, nutrient bioavailability, gut microbiota and mental well-being. These fellowships will be given to postdoctoral fellows to conduct research under the supervision of a tenured or tenure-track professor in the School of Nutrition Sciences, in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa. Each fellowship is being award for two consecutive years.

Eligibility Criteria

At the time of accepting this post- doctoral fellowship, candidates must demonstrate that they meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Have completed doctoral studies in microbiology, neuroscience, biochemistry, nutrition, psychology, food science or a related field
  2. Have all appropriate documents to work in Canada (e.g. work permit); (Note: the timeline for starting the fellowship may be delayed by up to 4 months to enable award recipients to secure appropriate documentation). Information on work permits can be found on the Government of Canada website.

Exclusion Criteria

  1. Fellowship recipients cannot hold another postdoctoral fellowship concurrently with this fellowship.
  2. Postdoctoral fellows who have previously held this fellowship are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply

A complete application consists of the following, submitted together as a pdf file:

  1. Official transcript from the applicant’s doctoral studies
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. A 3-page (single-spaced) summary from the applicant detailing their previous research experience and how their interests and experience align with the purpose of this funding initiative
  4. A letter of reference from the applicant’s doctoral supervisor or a thesis committee member, highlighting the qualities of the candidate and how they align with this post-doctoral fellowship
  5. Completed reference forms from two academic mentors who have contributed to the applicant’s education, accompanied by a completed reference questionnaire. These letters cannot be completed by the doctoral supervisor.
  6. A letter of support from at least one potential mentor within the School of Nutrition Sciences stating the qualities of the candidate to justify support of this fellowship and indicating source of funding for research support.

Application deadline: Applications must be submitted via email to the Faculty Research Office no later than April 30th.

Value and duration of the award: $50,000 (per year) for 2 years. This fellowship is non-renewable.

Period of attribution: September to August; or January to December

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