Postdoctoral Fellows | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies


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Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral fellows are an important stage in the transition from being a graduate student to launching a career as an independent researcher in your chosen discipline. In collaboration with a supervising faculty mentor, postdoctoral fellows take part in the intellectual life of the university through advanced research, training and engagement with graduate students.

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies formally acknowledges the key role played by postdocs in achieving the goal of increasing the quality and excellence of research and scholarship at the University of Guelph. 

What is a Postdoctoral Fellow?

The University defines a Postdoctoral Fellow as someone who has recently completed their doctoral degree (within 5 years), working under the supervision of a faculty mentor, will have an appointment (of up to 3 years) that is focused on research and scholarship as preparation for a full-time academic or research career, being encouraged and expected to publish the results of their independent research. 

What You Can Expect:

  • Associated with a Faculty Mentor
  • Defined Goals and Expectations
  • Sufficient safe lab/office space, and access to research facilities and/or necessary resources/equipment
  • Recognition for your contributions at a world class institution 
  • Mentoring of research training and in preparation for career opportunities
  • Participation in Research Group and Departmental academic activities (ie. Seminars, Scientific meetings, Career Opportunities)
  • Effective and Supportive mentoring, involving frequent, clear and open communication with the intention of informal and continual coaching
  • Access to University Services


Our Expectations of You:

  • Be collegial and cooperative in your work with your faculty mentor and co-workers
  • Assume responsibility of your research and career development
  • Fulfill the duties in your offer of appointment
  • Familiarization of all University policies and the governing research conduct