Eligibility

Applicants must be doing research in the areas of Information and Communication Technology, Nanotechnology or Omics (e.g. Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, Transcriptomics and Regulomics) – these are the only areas eligible for AITF Postdoctoral Fellowship awards. 

Applicants must not hold a tenure-track or tenured faculty position, nor can they be on leave from such a position. 

Applicants can submit only one application per competition year to the AITF Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. 

Applicants for the 2014-15 AITF Postdoctoral Fellowship Program must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree:

  • On a date within the eligibility window of October 23, 2011 through December 31, 2014.  Applicants who have not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time of application must do so no later than December 31, 2014 and submit confirmation of degree requirements no later than January 15, 2015. Applicants who do not submit such confirmation of degree requirements will be automatically withdrawn from the competition. OR
  • No earlier than October 23, 2009 if they have had their career interrupted or delayed because of childrearing, illness, or health-related family responsibilities or, for health professionals only, if they have engaged in post-degree non-research related clinical training (residency, etc). The interruption(s)/delay(s) in career must have occurred after all the requirements for the degree have been fulfilled. Justification for the extension must be provided in a Special Circumstances attachment as part of the application. 

"Fulfilled all requirements of the degree" refers to the date that the applicant completed all the steps required for obtaining their degree. Although these requirements may vary by institution and degree type, they normally include thesis defence corrections and thesis deposition. It is not the convocation date.

Applicants who currently hold or have held agency-specific awards at the postdoctoral level are eligible to apply to the 2014-15 AITF Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. 

Applicants can apply for both the AITF Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and other agency-specific postdoctoral fellowship programs at the same time. 

If applicants are successful in obtaining both an AITF Postdoctoral Fellowship and an external postdoctoral fellowship, they are expected to accept the external funding. The external fellowship will then be ‘topped-up’ to cover the difference between the external award and an augmented AITF stipend totaling a maximum of $75,000 per annum, provided that this protocol is in keeping with the regulations of the agency granting the external fellowship(s). 

Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to apply to the AITF Postdoctoral Fellowship program. 

AITF Postdoctoral Fellows are permitted to teach 1 three-credit course per term to a maximum of six credits over the two years of the Fellowship at the U of A. Teaching arrangements must be made with the department or faculty concerned and remunerated by the department or faculty as appropriate. 

Exceptions will not be allowed for these eligibility criteria.