Postdoctoral Awards

12-month Postdoctoral Awards in Complex Dynamics: Deadline 5pm, March 11, 2022.

The CD-CREATE network is recruiting postdoctoral students for the first round of Postdoctoral Awards in Complex Dynamics. Postdoctoral applicants who will have completed their PhD by August 2022 and no earlier than 3 years (36 months) prior to the proposed start date of the award, in an NSERC-related field (natural science and engineering) are eligible to apply. Please note that medical residents and students holding NSERC, CIHR, or SSHRC fellowships for the same time period are not eligible to apply. Postdoctoral fellowships from the NSERC-CD training grant will not be provided to trainees while they hold departmental support that entails a regular time commitment, as this may jeopardize the trainees' ability to reach the value-added goals of the training program. Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded for 1 year, with a possibility of 2nd year funding contingent on satisfactory progress, and will begin in September 2022. Awards include a $40,000 stipend (plus benefits where eligible) to awardees, funded by the CREATE grant ($20,000) and remainder from the supervisor's grants. Students are required to conduct research relevant to the goals of the CD training grant with one of the training grant supervisors listed on the Mentors page, and to attend CD workshops and 3 professional development events. Postdoctoral fellows are eligible for an optional 4-month internship with one of the Complex Dynamics internship partners, described under "Partners". Up to two postdoctoral awards will be made in 2022. Citizens of all countries are eligible for the CD-Create postdoctoral awards. Further information on NSERC's eligibility requirements is available at

Instructions to applicants: Please examine carefully the research interests of the members in this network who can serve as supervisors. Detailed descriptions of research opportunities can be found at the websites of the Mentors (listed under Members tab). We strongly recommend that applicants first contact the prospective supervisors via email to determine whether they are sponsoring postdocs for autumn 2022 in the CD Training grant. Applicants are judged based on student's academic graduate record; fit to CD training network themes; and balance across training themes. Some preference will be given to applicants whose proposal indicates a novel training experience compared with their current training environment. Due to the limited number of awards, only one application per applicant and one application per supervisor will be considered for the postdoctoral fellowships. Les candidatures peuvent être soumises en français.

Download, rename and complete the form-fillable postdoctoral application form and obtain the signature of a supervisor in the CD training grant on this application. In addition, applicants must arrange to send a CV and one recommendation letter submitted by someone other than the nominating supervisor, who is familiar with the applicant's research. Please note that only one recommendation letter per application is permitted. Postdoctoral trainees who seek a second year of CREATE funding should submit with the application a list of CREATE-related professional development and thematic workshops attended during their award. Applications must be submitted directly via email to the program coordinator to the address indicated on the application form.  Official transcripts from graduate institutions attended by the applicant are required to be sent directly from the university by email to amena (.) ahmad (.) (at) mcgill (.) ca by 5pm March 11, 2022. Applicants should also submit an unofficial copy of their transcripts by the same deadline to the email address on the application. The remaining application materials can be submitted in email to the address indicated on the application, by the same date. Awards announcements are expected to be made mid-April 2022.

Postdoctoral Award Application Form

Instructions to supervisors: Please read and sign the trainee's application. Supervisors are expected to provide the remainder of the $40,000 stipend plus benefits after the CREATE portion ($20,000) is credited, and a $1000 travel allowance for the applicant to attend annual CREATE-related events. Supervisors are also expected to have submitted the CD-Tutorials Form [.doc], which is required from training grant members before they apply to serve as supervisors on CD postdoctoral fellowship applications. If you have submitted the Tutorials form for a previous competition, you do NOT need to re-submit it.

Instructions to Recommenders: Recommenders should submit the recommendation form below  by email or by post to the CD-Create Program Coordinator to arrive by March 11, 2022.

Postdoctoral Recommendation Form