Postdoctoral Resources | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

Postdoctoral Resources

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is Responsible for providing terms & conditions, procedures and guidance for Postdoctoral Scholars, Faculty Mentors and Academic Units. This includes oversight of the appointment process, reporting, coordination and management of services available to postdocs and monitoring of compliance with related to term limits, eligibility requirements, and procedures related to the appointment. 

International Postdoc Quarantine Pay

During COVID-19, IRCC may require international employees to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival starting the day after they arrive. If quarantine is required, as an employer, you are obligated to pay the international employee for 10 days of the 14 days quarantine at the rate of pay noted in the appointment letter.  You are also required to assist with the quarantine accommodation.  For international employees arriving by air, it is recommended they be registered in U of G’s Mandatory Quarantine Program which will provide accommodation, meals and supplies after the mandatory government hotel quarantine.  If the international employee is arriving by car, the department/college is responsible for ensuring food and supplies are delivered to the quarantine residence.  It is up to the department/college to determine if the expenses will be borne by the college/department or by the international employee. You will also need to provide a Quarantine Letter

Mandatory Vaccination

The University of Guelph has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement in place for everyone over the age of 12, including visitors. Please be advised that as of September 7 you may enter University of Guelph buildings and University-managed facilities only if you are vaccinated against COVID-19 and have proof of vaccination, or if you have an approved exemption. Exemptions will be approved only on the grounds of medical requirement or religion/creed, and information about process and forms are linked from the COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ page. Exemption requests should be made as soon as possible as they may take some time to process.  Individuals who have an approved exemption must receive a negative COVID-19 rapid test result no earlier than 72 hours before accessing our facilities, a minimum of twice per week for ongoing access. You must abide by the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement and follow all U of G COVID-19 safety protocols. If you have any questions, please contact your supervisor.

Effective July 1st, 2018

As you are aware, the University has developed new minimum terms and conditions of employment for internally funded Postdoctoral Fellows (PDFs). New template appointment letters and the PDF Appointment Form is now required for all PDF appointments starting July 1, 2018 or later.


Changes to the minimum vacation entitlement will take effect retroactive to January 1, 2018. The revised minimum vacation entitlement for PDF employees is:

  • 1.25 days per month of service (15 days per year) from the start date to the beginning of the calendar year in which the employee completes 2 years of service; and,
  • 1.83 days per month of service (22 days per year) in subsequent years.

Departments should notify PDFs of this change and provide an updated statement of vacation entitlement. PDFs whose individual employment contracts provide benefits which exceed those outlined in the new minimums cannot have their entitlements reduced because of these changes.

Eligibility and Term Limits

Term limits and rules governing eligibility for PDF appointments will take effect July 1, 2018 for new PDF appointments. For existing PDF appointments, the following will apply:

  • For PDFs with contracts ending between July 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 who have exceeded three years of service as a PDF with the University, extensions of up to one year will be approved by OGPS.
  • For PDFs with contracts ending on or after January 1, 2019 who have exceeded three years of service as a PDF with the University, no further extensions will be permitted.

Provisions regarding time from PhD as it impacts eligibility for appointments do apply to individuals currently appointed to PDF positions.