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 $42,500 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.



Launched by the Vanier-Banting Secretariat, the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships provide 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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mitacs funding opportunities

Mitacs was founded by Canadian mathematicians in 1999. The organization, whose name originally stood for "Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems", worked in the field of mathematical sciences and associated disciplines but has since expanded.


This two-year program has the objective of providing postdoctoral fellows with professional and leadership development training while leading a long-term research project with a partner organization. Elevate training.


Mitacs flagship program has supported over 10,000 research internships for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows since 2004 and has since replaced the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council's Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships Program.