The OFI International Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers an opportunity for early career PhDs to conduct innovative, full time, collaborative research that is aligned with OFI's research priorities.
The term of the award is two years. Successful candidates will be based at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with frequent travel to and from one of our partner institutions in Europe or the United States, providing Fellows with exposure to diverse research approaches. These partners are:
The OFI International Postdoctoral Fellowship is awarded for two years and is non-renewable. The award provides total compensation of $55,000 CAD/year plus benefits (see 'Postdoctoral Fellow Employees'), and $15,000 CAD/year for work-related travel costs which include relocation expenses, travel to partner institutions, conferences, workshops, summer schools, and the non-travel exception for the purchase of a laptop/computer to a maximum amount of $1,500 CAD. Expenses such as long-term accommodation and visa application fees are not eligible expenses.
The applicant’s proposed work should complement OFI’s research priorities. OFI will expect successful candidates to participate in research life at their selected institution (for example, participating in at least one presentation of their research in a departmental seminar, undergraduate lecture, or a public lecture during their research stay). Fellows must acknowledge OFI in all publications arising from their participation in the program and must notify OFI of any scholarly articles or books published, as well as media interviews. They must also contribute to OFI’s annual submission to its funding agency.
For logistical purposes, successful applicants must be based and start at Dalhousie University for the two years of the fellowship.
Successful applicants should expect to begin their Fellowship within 1 year of their offer letter being accepted. In this round, the OFI anticipates awarding up to 8 Fellowships.
The application must include of a detailed Research Statement. Please follow all guidelines in the template to ensure your application is complete. In addition, please provide the following (as described in the Research Statement template):
Step 3: Submit your application
Submit your completed application to the OFI (currently closed).
The Selection Committee will use the following criteria to assess applications:
Excellence in intellectual contribution of the applicant to their field of research, as assessed by scholarly contributions and/or a demonstrated capacity to shape the direction of research and thought. Excellence of the applicant's proposed research, especially the degree to which it complements OFI research priorities.
Demonstrated track record of engagement across multiple disciplines or plans to work across disciplines.
Realizable research objectives and the feasibility of the proposed work to be pursued during the applicant’s assignment. A clear case for how this placement will support OFI’s research priorities must be made. Likelihood of a valuable and enduring relationship through strengthening of academic networks for ongoing research activity and/or enhanced educational programs.
The OFI may interview you during the selection process.
The OFI is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The OFI encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.
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