Postdoctoral Scholars 2017

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The Weston Brain Institute Postdoctoral Scholars program supports top-tier Canadian postdoctoral scholars by providing international training at the University of Oxford and affiliation with Merton College. Prior to submitting an application, candidates should independently identify a host lab and potential supervisor at the University of Oxford who agrees to supervise them if awarded. Awardees will receive salary support for their postdoctoral positions at Oxford.

Program Overview

Refer to the Program Details  for more information

Funding: £57,000 per year (£44,000 per year + benefits) for 2 years

Goal: To encourage development of the next generation of leading Canadian neuroscientists by providing postdoctoral scholars with international training to accelerate their careers in translational research for neurodegenerative disease(s) of aging. Scholars should plan to build their careers in Canada upon completion of their postdoctoral position.

Eligibility: Applicants must be postdoctoral fellows who are normally resident Canada, and plan to return to Canada to live and work upon completion of their postdoctoral position. They will have demonstrated outstanding scientific contributions, and will have the potential to be competitive for faculty positions in Canada following this postdoctoral position at Oxford.

Clinicians looking to complete a research position are eligible, but may not practice concurrently during their time at Oxford. Current PhD students considering this program for their first postdoctoral position should contact the Institute directly to discuss their eligibility.

If candidates are applying with a supervisor not focused on translational research for neurodegenerative diseases of aging, they are encouraged to seek a co-supervisor in the field.

Disease scope:   All the Institute’s neurodegenerative diseases of aging are covered by this program. For the Institute’s definition of translational research see Funding Overview).

The Institute encourages applicants to contact us with any questions regarding this program, including whether a potential project is in scope.

Selection Criteria

Awardees will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Proposed work in the Institute’s area of focus, translational research to accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging
  • Excellent track record as an independent researcher
  • Potential to become a future leader in the Canadian neuroscience landscape
  • Strong leadership demonstrated both within and outside the lab
  • Potential impact of the proposed work
  • Fit with research underway at Oxford

Application Process

There are two stages to the application process:

  1. Review Stage – submitted applications are reviewed by an adjudication committee.
  2. Interview Stage – interviews scheduled for short-listed candidates

Application documents are submitted through our online grants management system. Please have your referees submit their letters of reference directly to the Institute by email at

Program Details

Request for Applications (RFA)

Application Template 

Candidates should plan to begin their time at Oxford this calendar year. If you prefer to begin your award in 2018, please state this in your application.

Program Information Webinar

The Institute will be holding a second online Program Information Webinar to provide further details on the program and application process, with an opportunity to ask questions on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 1:00pm EDT.


Any questions regarding the program can be directed to Rachel Reeve at or by phone at +1 416-965-5656.