Funding: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

ONCAT is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to establish a research program focusing on transfer and articulation in Ontario. This is an excellent opportunity for an early career researcher looking to make an impact on both PSE research and policy and forge new networks in the PSE sector.

Fellowship Candidate

Researchers with a demonstrated background in transfer research are highly preferred. However, those with broader backgrounds in postsecondary student mobility and/or labour market outcomes are also encouraged to apply. Prospective candidates without the requisite background in transfer or higher education research may be considered if they possess exceptional quantitative research skills and experience and an established publication record in an adjacent area (e.g., K-12 education). 

The Postdoctoral Fellows will be expected to take up the fellowship at one of Ontario’s publicly assisted postsecondary institutions and under the supervision of a tenured faculty member with recognized expertise in higher education. Though ONCAT will cover the salary of the Fellow, the host institution will be required to provide access to office space, library, and other resources as an in-kind contribution. 

ONCAT Research Fellows Will

  • Produce an approved research project that will both advance current knowledge of transfer in Ontario and complement ONCAT’s existing research plan.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in research-related events hosted by ONCAT (e.g., conferences, seminars, etc.). 

Required Qualifications

  • Recently completed PhD (completed by the start of the award date) within the social sciences, ideally with a focus on Ontario higher education.
  • Demonstrably excellent capacity for and use of research methods (qualitative or quantitative) for policy research.
    • If qualitative, expert knowledge of QSR NVIVO or comparable software, and experience conducting large N qualitative studies (40+ interviews).
    • If quantitative, experience with common statistical packages (e.g., Stata/R) and statistical methods beyond standard regression modelling (e.g., PSM, instrumental variables, etc.).  
  • Strong conceptual and empirical understanding of the social determinants of educational success.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Fluency in French

Fellowship Terms

  • ONCAT Postdoctoral Fellowship awards are valued at $45,000 per year, for terms up to 2 years, and are tenable at Ontario postsecondary research institutions
  • Anticipated Start Date of Spring 2021. Later starts are negotiable.

How to Apply


Submission Requirements

In your application, you will be asked to provide the following:

  • An academic C.V. outlining your full publication record.
  • A letter of support from your Ph.D. supervisor
  • A letter of support from the proposed supervisor at the host institution.
  • A letter of support from an institutional representative at the host institution (e.g., department head) outlining the in-kind supports to be offered to you.
  • An outline of a proposed project to be carried out through the fellowship.

Reports and Check-ins

ONCAT is committed to learning with its partners and values open and ongoing communication. If you are successful in receiving a grant, the following check-ins and reporting are required:

  • An interim update and financial report.
  • Check-ins on the project as needed (via email and/or in person).
  • A final report and detailed financial statement.
  • Presentations (if needed) during knowledge mobilization events.

ONCAT Project Budget Guidelines

Please refer to the following guidelines when developing your budget.

  • Includes salaries, honoraria, and stipends, specified by rate and time.
  • In cases where a faculty member’s time on the project will affect workload, and/or a teaching release is required to provide backfill for the faculty member or academic administrator involved in this project, ONCAT will fund the hiring of a part-time instructor at the college/university/Indigenous institute at the institution’s per semester rate. Please be clear in the workplan and ‘core team’ sections of your application of the anticipated time commitment of each person, especially where support for backfill is being requested.
  • Senior academic administration (decanal or above) and full-time administration with responsibilities including academic partnerships, program development, and/or transfer credit should be considered in-kind contributions. 
Project Costs
  • Includes direct costs for materials and supplies related to this project.
  • ONCAT will not pay for permanent fixtures (for example: laptops, computers, permanent software purchases, and so forth). ONCAT will pay for costs specifically and solely related to the project, such as temporary software licenses (i.e., fluid survey). 
Travel and Accommodation
  • If applicable, this includes any travel and accommodations necessary to conducting project activities. Please be clear in the workplan where travel is needed and include in the budget a breakdown of number of trips and duration. Use of teleconferencing or other cost-effective means to reduce travel-related costs are highly encouraged.
  • For travel-related expenses, ONCAT abides by the Government of Ontario Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive. Please see the following link: 
  • This is generally calculated at no more than 20% of the request for funding to ONCAT and is intended to cover activities such as overall project administration by the project lead institution, use of space and resources, and so forth. 
Ineligible Expenses
  • ONCAT will not duplicate any funding received from the Credit Transfer Innovation Grant. If you have sought and received funding through the CTIG for this project or any positions requested for funding, this project will be deemed ineligible for funding. Please note: ONCAT may request revisions to project budgets subject to CTIG funding decisions.
  • ONCAT will not cover expenses related to academic program or transfer pathway delivery.
  • For applications that include an online component, the online development will not be eligible for ONCAT funding and will be at the expense of the institution(s). Please refer to eCampusOntario for possible support.
  • ONCAT will not cover expenses not directly and clearly related to the project activities and goals as outlined in the application and workplan.