Postdoctoral Fellowships

*** Please note: The deadline for this call has now passed. Thank you to all the applicants and for your interest. The below information is being left up for reference.***

Award Overview
Application Deadline:
January 4, 2022 (20:00 EST)
Value and Duration:
CDN $60,000 per year plus benefits for a maximum of two years
Required Legal Status:
Domestic or International


The Data Sciences Institute (DSI) is a central hub and incubator for data science research, training, and partnerships at the University of Toronto. Its goal is to accelerate the impact of data sciences across disciplines to address pressing societal questions and to drive positive social change. DSI is focused on training the next generation of data science scholars.

The DSI Postdoctoral Fellowships are designed to support multi/interdisciplinary training and collaborative research in data sciences that include faculty from the University of Toronto and partner sponsoring institutes

To be considered for the Fellowship, applicants must pursue a research project that has a data sciences focus, through the development of novel methodology or the innovative application of existing approaches, to address major societal issues. Applicants must identify at least two faculty members from complementary disciplinary backgrounds to serve as co-supervisors, who together can supervise the different multidisciplinary aspects of the research project. Co-supervisors can be drawn from the same academic unit, as long as they represent different disciplines.

The primary and co-supervisors must have a budgetary appointment either at the University of Toronto OR an external funding partner institution and:

Faculty budgetary appointments for the University of Toronto are continuing, full-time academic appointments with salary commitments from a University of Toronto academic unit.

The DSI is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Accepted applicants will form an integrated cohort and will be expected to participate in the networking activities of the DSI, present their research at the annual DSI Research Day and provide a yearly activity report and exit survey. Fellows are required to acknowledge the DSI in publications, presentations, and communications resulting from the Project.

Value and Duration

Each award will provide $60,000 per year plus benefits for a maximum of two years.

DSI Postdoctoral Fellows will also have access to $1,500 in travel funds each year reimbursed through the DSI, to present their work at scientific meetings, or to participate in workshops/training courses.

The award is open to both domestic and international post-graduates. Successful international candidates must meet all Canadian immigration requirements.

Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate academic excellence and high potential for success in their chosen fields;
  • Be associated with a supervisor with a tenure or tenure-stream faculty appointment at University of Toronto or as a Principal Investigator eligible to hold tri-council funding at a funding partner institution.
  • Begin the fellowship between May 1 and December 1 in the year of award;
  • Have completed all requirements for their doctorate degree by the Fellowship start date;
  • Must be able to begin the Fellowships within 5 years of their PhD defense;
  • Not hold a faculty position or be on leave from such a position;
  • Not hold concurrently another major fellowship;

Supervisor Eligibility:

The primary and co-supervisors must have a budgetary appointment either at the University of Toronto OR an external funding partner institution, and:

Faculty budgetary appointments for the University of Toronto are continuing, full-time academic appointments with salary commitments from a University of Toronto academic unit.

Applications should be submitted to the DSI Office:

Email subject line (for both applicant and supervisor): Last name, First Name DSI PDF APPLICATION

Postdoctoral Applicant Components (please submit as one merged PDF file):

  • Application

  • Applicant information, co-supervisor information and research environment
  • Candidate Statement summarizing suitability for the Fellowship, training goals, and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (750 words)
  • Research Proposal (1200 words - not including references) which should include:
    • Title
    • Project rationale and alignment with the DSI mission, including relevance to the DSI Thematic Programs if applicable.
    • Research objectives
    • Research approach
    • Feasibility and timeline
    • Impact
    • Note: Reference lists or bibliographies are not necessary for the proposal
  • Figures and supporting material (maximum 1 page)
  • Abbreviated CVs of applicant and co-supervisors (three-page maximum using required format for each). Please use the template provided here
  • Names, institutional affiliations and emails of (3) referees who will be asked to provide a reference based on a structured reference form.
    • References should be submitted directly to the DSI Office from the referee at: with the subject heading Reference for “Applicant Name” DSI Postdoc

Supervisor Application Components:

Postdoctoral Fellowship Supervisors Form
(submitted by the supervisor)
This form must be signed by the Chair or Director of the supervisors’ units before being submitted. Co-supervision requires signatures of the Chairs and/or Directors from the units of all supervisors.

The multi-disciplinary, tri-campus and partner DSI Research & Academics Committee will oversee the review process of eligible applications received by the submission deadline. Members of the Selection Committee are expected to reinforce standards of rigor, fairness, respect and equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the adjudication process. The University of Toronto Best Practices in Peer Review Guide found here serves as a resource for members of the Selection Committee.

The evaluation criteria for DSI Postdoctoral Fellows include:

  • The extent to which the training and project are multidisciplinary;
  • Alignment to the DSI mandate including thematic areas if applicable; and,
  • Strong research record of accomplishment and future potential.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents must have completed their PhD requirements no later than six months after their start-date of an DSI Postdoctoral Fellowship. International applicants must have completed their PhD requirements before the start date of a DSI Postdoctoral Fellowship. In each instance, proof of PhD completion must be provided within three months of completion if the applicant did not have it in hand at the time of application. Degree completion does not mean convocation, but rather the completion of all the requirements necessary for the PhD.


DSI Postdoctoral Fellows may not concurrently hold another post-doctoral fellowship. Canadian citizens and permanent resident applicants, however, are strongly encouraged to apply for the appropriate CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC postdoctoral fellowships in addition to their DSI Postdoctoral Fellowship. To provide further incentive to apply to such funding agencies, if an applicant is awarded both a DSI Fellowship and a CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC Fellowship, the DSI will top-up the annual tri-council award to reach the funding level of the DSI award for each of the 2 years.


Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

Further Information


We are excited to welcome our first Postdoctoral Fellow cohort.

Learn more about our Fellows.

Laura Rosella

Professor Laura Rosella, Associate Director, Education & Training hosted a webinar on the Postdoctoral Fellowships competition on November 30, 2021.

The webinar’s recording and slides are available here.

PDF Slides

For more information, please contact: