Postdoctoral funding can come from a variety of sources. In some cases, postdoctoral scholars are paid directly by their supervisor who has funding to support their research; in other cases, scholars will receive funding through external agencies or are self, or externally funded.


The University of Saskatchewan requires that postdoctoral scholars receive a minimum funding amount of at least $36,000 per annum.  Funding may come in form of salary or stipend, depending on the funding source.  The income earnings for most postdocs are subject to Canadian Pension Plan (CPP), Employment Insurance (EI) deductions and Canadian Income Tax.


A postdoctoral fellowship is a temporary period of paid training that enhances your compentencies and skills necessary for a chosen career path.

Misiwêskamik Fellowship

The University of Saskatchewan Misiwêskamik Fellowship is funded through the U of S International Blueprint for Action, Connecting with the World, this competitive fellowship has a mandate of bringing international postdoctoral scholars to the University of Saskatchewan.

Any questions about the Misiwêskamik competition can be directed to

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

Total 2-year value $140,000

 The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country’s economic, social and research-based growth. The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is to:

  • attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally
  • develop their leadership potential
  • position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow

70 fellowships are awarded annually and are equally distributed among the Tri-Council Agencies (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC). 

Nominations must be endorsed by the University of Saskatchewan and will be reviewed internally throughout the application development process to determine suitability for final submission to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat. 

Canadian Institute of Health Research

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fellowship provides support for highly qualified candidates in all areas of health research at the post-PhD degree or post-health professional degree stages to add to their experience by engaging in health research either in Canada or abroad.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship provides support to a core of the most promising researchers at a pivotal time in their careers. The fellowships are also intended to secure a supply of highly qualified Canadians with leading-edge scientific and research skills for Canadian industry, government and universities.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship supports the most promising Canadian new scholars in the social sciences and humanities and assists them in establishing a research base at an important time in their research careers.

Other funding opportunities


Mitacs offers competitive annual fellowships through the Elevate and Accelerate programs. Calls for applications typically open twice per year.  Get more info at


Mitacs Elevate offers postdoctoral fellows a two-year professional development plan and collaborative research project, building capacity for the next generation of R&D management leaders.


Mitacs Accelerate offers internships to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  Four-month units can be combined, either for a longer internship or a cluster grant with many interns, universities or companies.