Canadian Studies Postdoctoral Fellowships

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With one or two grants per year, we wish to enable international (and Canadian scholars), who have completed a doctoral thesis (within the last 5 years) on a topic primarily related to Canada and are not tenured to visit a Canadian (or international university) with a Canadian Studies program for a research fellowship.


The length of the stay will be a minimum of one month and maximum of four months.


The grant will be CDN$2,000 – 2,500 per month plus the cost of a return economy airline ticket for a maximum of CDN$10,000.


The grant targets international postdoctoral students in Canadian Studies. Postdoctoral students based in Canada might apply with a project in comparative Canadian studies, who wish to do research at a non-Canadian university. Applicants must be members in good standing of a Canadian Studies association.

Interested individuals must take the necessary steps with the host universities in question and obtain support of a faculty member who outlines the nature of the support and the the services and research opportunities available.

Applicants must agree not to accept honoraria or salary during the period of their fellowship.


The application dossier must include:

  1. An up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  2. A copy of the doctoral thesis;
  3. A full description of the project proposed by the applicant during his/her fellowship (10 pages, excluding bibliography). A candidate applying for a research fellowship must include a budget detailing travel expenses, material, photocopies, etc.;
  4. An official letter from the host university indicating its support of the researcher (availability of research tools, library, archives, computer, office, accommodation);
  5. Two letters of reference from university professors familiar with the candidate’s studies.

Application files must be submitted to the ICCS with a recommendation from the national Canadian Studies association before November 24. A decision will be made mid-January of each year by the ICCS awards and grants committee. Research stays may commence by 1 April.


Selected candidates are required to make all the necessary arrangements to carry out their project, including travel arrangements, passports and visas, accommodation, travel within the country and insurance (life, medical, etc.).

Requests for information and submissions should be addressed to:

International Council for Canadian Studies
c/o Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University
723 Kaneff Tower
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3, Canada



Application date
1-4 months
Social sciences