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Postdoctoral Appointments

Types of Appointments

The majority of PDFs at the University of Saskatchewan are represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada, Local 40004 (PSAC).  Representation by PSAC is dependent on the PDFs source of funding. 

In-Scope PDF

An In-Scope PDF receives full or partial funding from university sources (i.e. from a research grant or contract obtained by their supervisor, from a research unit of the university, etc.), and are considered employees of the University of Saskatchewan.  The terms and conditions of their working relationship with the faculty supervisor will be governed by the Collective Agreement with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).

External PDF

An External PDF receives 100% of their own transferrable funding from an external source (awarded directly to the PDF, not to the supervisor). External PDFs are not considered employees of the University of Saskatchewan and are not in-scope of the PSAC bargaining unit. Some External PDFs funding may be administered through university payroll, while others may be paid directly to the PDF by the granting agency.


It is the responsibility of the PDF and supervisor to negotiate an extension. Extensions are contingent upon PDF eligibility, satisfactory research progress, compliance with the guidelines for academic conduct, the availability of funds, and work permit limitations

Extension paperwork must be received by the CGPS prior to the end date of the current appointment in order for the CGPS to process and approve the request.

In order to extend your PDF appointment, you will need to complete the Postdoctoral Appointment process.  Please direct any questions regarding eligibility for extensions and extension paperwork to the  Coordinator, Postdoctoral Studies.

If an extension is not requested or approved, the appointment will automatically terminate on the expected end date.

 Please note, immigration processes can add to the timeline for extending the appointment of a foreign postdoctoral fellow.  It is advisable to begin the extension process well in advance of the proposed extension start date.

Exit Survey

The Exit Survey for Postdoctoral Fellows was designed to give PDFs leaving the University of Saskatchewan an opportunity to reflect on their experience, with a goal of using the feedback received to strengthen postdoctoral programming, create new opportunities for future postdoctoral fellows and help to create a network of University of Saskatchewan postdoctoral alumni.

Resources for Postdoctoral Fellows


USask has fantastic housing resources, including where to look, things to consider and what to do after you find housing.

Additionally, the City of Saskatoon website has various relocation resources and offers housing advice for newcomers. The Housing for Newcomers website and The Newcomer's Guide to Canadian Housing are also great tools.

Child Care

USask’s childcare resources include information about the USSU Childcare Centres, off-campus facilities, parent resources and off-campus support.

There are various ways to travel around Saskatoon and get to campus. USask student transportation has great information on the various methods of travel.  Please note, alternate options are available to PDFs for pieces that are student specific (e.g., parking). 

With a membership into the Graduate Student Association (GSA), PDFs are eligible for to purchase a U-Pass at the graduate student rate.  Click here for information about the cost of purchasing U-Pass and the cost of membership.

Travel Insurance

International PDFs traveling to Saskatoon from another country should prepare to purchase an international travel health plan that covers you for your travel to Canada, and then up to 4 months after your arrival in Canada. 

Register for Saskatchewan Health Care

If you have moved from another country or province and you are staying in Saskatchewan for more than 90 days, apply for health insurance as soon as possible to avoid a lapse in health insurance.  Click here to register for your health card.

Apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)

As temporary residents, international PDFs are required to have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to work in Canada. You must provide your SIN to your home department in order to receive your bi-monthly salary or stipend.  Click here for information about the required documents needed process your application.  Please apply for your SIN in person at the Saskatoon Service Canada Centre.

Provide a copy of your work permit to your home department

Upon receipt of your work permit, you must provide a copy to your home department. It must be received by your department prior to commencing your duties and before any stipend can be processed. 

Set up a Canadian bank account

You will be required to set up Canadian bank account for the direct deposit of your paycheque.

Schedule your first day on campus

Discuss your schedule and first day of work with your supervisor.  Your supervisor or member of your home department/unit should be available to welcome you to campus.

NSID & Password

Upon your arrival on campus, you will be issued a unique identifier called a Network Services ID (NSID).  Your NSID is used as a username to access university computer and network services such as PAWS, email, computer labs and password protected webpages.  

Once you have received your NSID, please set up your Profile and update your personal information

Complete your tax forms

Your home department will provide the necessary tax forms and submit them to Human Resources. To download the TD1 and TD1SK forms, go to > Find Forms & More

Set up your direct deposit information

Log into PAWS and navigate to Employee > My Employment > Direct Deposit to input your direct deposit information.  

ID Cards

ID cards are used to access the libraries and the Physical Activity Centre (PAC). Visit the Campus ID Office in the Main Bookstore to get your card. 

Employee ID Cards: Issued to PDFs who receive their salary or stipend through the University of Saskatchewan.  The Campus ID Office will not be able to issue your ID card until after your first pay period.

Affiliate ID Cards: Issued to PDFs who receive direct funding from external sources.  Please bring your letter of offer to confirm your appointment.

*Access to the Campus ID Office is restricted due to COVID-19. Please send an email to with your NSID and a photo in jpeg format. You will be emailed when the card is ready for pick up at the off-campus store, ShopUsask at Preston Crossing.

The Society of Postdoctoral Scholars (SPS), formed in 2014, represents the interests of PDFs at the University of Saskatchewan.

The purpose of the society is twofold:

  1. To act as a social hub and information portal for postdocs at the University of Saskatchewan. The goal of the SPS is to foster communication between postdocs so that they can share their experiences, resources and knowledge and to provide information to postdocs that supplements and enhances the information provided by the university.  The SPS Executive encourages all PDFs to attend SPS events.
  2. To act as official representatives for postdocs on campus. This will provide a more formal and continuous structure through which they can communicate with administrators in U of S colleges and departments, and the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars.

Contact information:

Visit the Getting Involved webpage to learn more about:

  • Recreation Services:  
    • The Fit Centre includes exercise equipment, weight room, swimming pools, track, climbing wall and more. PAC Memberships (Public and U of S Community) are $50/month + GST, $440/year + GST
    • Campus Recreation to join an intramural team, register for classes such as swimming, dance, and yoga
  • Arts and music;
  • Student Centres;
  • Settlement and cultural organizations;
  • Upcoming events;
  • Multi-faith Chaplains Associations, and more.

Safety programs and services are available to all members of the University. Learn about Safewalk, self defense for women, Protective Services, discrimination and harassment prevention and access other educational resources.

Orientations for new PDFs are offered twice per year, once in the fall and once in the winter.  Various topics are covered such as campus resources, professional development opportunities, funding, and immigration information for international PDFs.

The next orientation session will be held in October 2021. Stay tuned for more information.


PDFs In-Scope of PSAC

PDFs in-scope of the PSAC bargaining unit are eligible for benefits (health, dental, life) if they work at least half time (0.5 FTE), with a term appointment of at least six (6) months.  PDFs must be residents of Canada and be eligible under the provincial health care program.  For plan details and eligibility, please visit and scroll down to PSAC – Postdoctoral Fellows (PDFs).

Benefit premiums are paid by the employer/supervisor, with the exception of basic life insurance, which is paid by the PDF.

External PDFs

External PDFs are not eligible for benefits under the PSAC collective agreement.  Instead, they are eligible to purchase membership into the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA). With a GSA membership, External PDFs can enrol in and purchase the Graduate Students’ Health & Dental Plan. External PDFs are not automatically covered by the GSA Health & Dental plan and must self enrol in the program. Visit for more information and rates.

Teaching and Professional Skills

The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning (GMCTL) offers a variety of professional development workshops and career-related courses.  Courses available to PDFs are non-credit and free of charge.  Professional Development opportunities will be posted to your PAWS feed.

Courses and Workshops

GPS 989: Philosophy and Practice of University Teaching - For graduate students preparing to teach. Students are introduced to instructional approaches and ways to build the classroom environment that may be applied beyond the university classroom. This is a pass/fail one-term course, and completion appears on the university transcript.  Students taking this course are eligible to apply for Instructional Preparation Certification.

GPS 974: Gradual Professional Skills Certificate -This innovative, non-credit program focusing on strengths-based professional skills development will support you in a multi-disciplinary cohort while you set and work to achieve goals, compose your mission statement, and build a professional eportfolio that documents your growth.

GPS 984: Thinking Critically - This multi-disciplinary course will help you develop and practice critical and reflective thinking skills (must complete prior to or at the same time as GPS 974).


Attend and reflect on your experiences with peers in MITACS and other professional skills workshops around campus. 

EDGE by Mitacs Training provides advance degree graduates and Mitacs program participants with access to courses that supplement their education and research experience with skills that are in demand from today’s workforce.

LinkedIn Learning

Self-directed online learning on LinkedIn Learning offered free of charge to University of Saskatchewan PDFs who sign up with their USask email address.

Individual Development Plans

An Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a tool that focuses on career exploration and planning. Completing an IDP will help you to examine your skills, interests, and values, and help you to set strategic goals for your postdoctoral fellowship appointment and beyond.

Both IDPs below are free online tools:

  • For STEM Researchers: myIDP 
  • For Humanities and Social Science Researchers: ImaginePhD

Funding and Fellowships

PDFs are strongly encouraged to apply for fellowships and funding as part of their postdoctoral training experience.  PDF funding opportunities are posted to your PAWS feed.

University of Saskatchewan Misiwêskamik Postdoctoral Fellowship

Funded through the U of S International Blueprint for Action, Connecting with the World, this competitive fellowship has a mandate of bringing international postdoctoral fellows to the University of Saskatchewan.

The 2021 competition is now closed.  Information about the 2022 competition will be released in November 2021.

Any questions about the Misiwêskamik competition can be directed to

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

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).  Fellowships are 2 years in duration and are valued at $70,000 per year.

2021-2022 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) competition

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. 


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


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 (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 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.

Research Ethics

U of S Research ethics

Please visit the U of S Research website for the most up to date information regarding research ethics.

Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS)

For information about the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS), please review the educational tutorial.

Contact Information

Looking for Contact information
Coordinator, Postdoctoral Studies General information about postdoctoral  appointments

(306) 966-5548

ConnectionPoint Payroll, request an employment verification letter, HR inquiries, travel and expense

(306) 966-2200

The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning Professional Development opportunities
USask Immigration Work permits and immigration 
ICT Services and Support Assistance with IT accounts, email, WiFi, printer access, remote access, mobile access
(306) 966-2222
Canada Revenue Agency Tax information 1-800-959-8281
eHealth Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Health Insurance information
Service Canada Social Insurance Number information 1-800-567-6868