University of Alberta Postdoctoral Fellowships

The University of Alberta offers two postdoctoral fellowships:

Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • provided annually from the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies established through a bequest from the late Dorothy J Killam
  • valued at $46,000 per year for two years
  • number of fellowships awarded varies each year (three for 2017 (funding years of 2018/2019))
  • includes a one-time $4,000 travel/research grant
  • covers the cost of the University Postdoc Supplemental Health Insurance Plan

Grant Notley Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • provided by donations from friends of Grant Notley, matched by the Province of Alberta
  • valued at $46,000 per year for two years
  • available for research in politics, history, economy or society of Western Canada or related fields
  • one fellowship awarded each year
  • includes a one-time $4,000 travel/research grant
  • covers the cost of the University Postdoc Supplemental Health Insurance Plan

Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to citizens of any country
  • Must have completed a doctoral degree (within 2 years post-doctorate from the time of application submission to desired department (on or after December 02, 2015) or will do so prior to commencing fellowship
  • The doctoral degree obtained must be from a university other than the University of Alberta
  • At the time of application submission to desired department, must not hold a postdoc position at the University of Alberta or be employed at the University of Alberta. Please note that any applicant that begins a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Alberta or is employed by the University of Alberta after time of submission and before final selection will be adjudicated in a second tier. 


  • Fellowships may be awarded in departments without doctoral programs, but only where facilities are adequate and doctoral calibre research is being carried out
  • Killam/Notley Fellowship holders should be likely to contribute to the advancement of learning or to achieve distinction in their profession, should not be a one-sided person, and each scholar's special distinction should be founded upon sound character and collegiality.
  • Fellowships are only tenable at the University of Alberta

Research Allowance

The research allowance will be administered by the Department and may be used by the candidate for the following purposes:

  • Travel costs for field work, research conferences, collaborative trips, archival work and historical research
  • Purchase of books, periodicals and journals
  • Purchase of materials, supplies, photocopying, mailing, and expendables
  • Purchase of minor equipment
  • Purchase of experimental animals
  • Computer hardware and computer software programs
  • Costs for the use of libraries, computer and animal facilities
  • Costs associated with the publication of research results
  • Fees paid to research subjects, such as modest incentives for participation, where ethics clearance has been obtained

*All purchased equipment and computer materials become the property of the institution. The research allowance may not be used for hospitality and entertaining expenses.

Application procedures

Prospective postdocs should first contact their department to determine if they should apply for Killam or Notley fellowship.

If the department recommends a fellowship application, follow the procedures outlined below.

Individual departments will pre-screen applications and forward the top-ranked candidates for consideration by the Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee.

Note: December 01, 2017 is the deadline for prospective postdocs to submit all documents to departments.

1. Complete a Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Form

2. Prepare a curriculum vitae

  • List refereed publications or conference proceedings, beginning with the most recent.
  • List publications in which you are author or co-author that are published, in press, and/or accepted for publication in refereed journals.
  • For papers in press, indicate the date of acceptance by the editor.
  • Begin each entry on a new line and state the full authorship, the year, the title, the name and volume of the journal, and the first and last page numbers. The authorship should be identical to that of the original publication.

3. Obtain an original, scanned original, or certified true copy of PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree fulfillment

  • All documents submitted must be in English, as well as the original language in which they were written. A certified translator, not yourself, must prepare the English version.
  • Applicants who have not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time of application must do so prior to commencing Fellowship. A transcript is not required.
  • In cases where the applicant has had their career interrupted or delayed for the purpose of childrearing, illness, or health-related family responsibilities or, for health professionals only, have engaged in post-degree non-research related clinical training (residency, etc).
  • Applicants must document any interruptions, delays, or post-degree clinical training in a Special Circumstances attachment.

4. Arrange for three Letters of Appraisals from persons familiar with your academic work to be sent to the chair of the department.

  • All letters of appraisal must have original signatures. They should contain a substantive evaluation of your ability and not be merely testimonials, as the fellowships are intended primarily for those who are seeking to establish themselves in their chosen field.
  • Only have three appraisals sent. Any additional letters will be removed prior to competition.

5. Arrange a letter of support and biosketch from the U of A research supervisor.

6. Submit a complete application package to the Chair of the department.

Awards will be announced in May 2018.

Application date
1 Dec 2017
2 years
America Canada
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 2 years
Grants available
Award granted
CAD$ 46.000/year + research allowance