Post-doctoral Fellowship in Information

Post-Doctoral Fellowship application

Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Deadline to apply: November 16, 2020. 

The University of Toronto (UofT) FI Postdoctoral Fellowship is a twelve-month position, from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.

UofT FI Postdoctoral Fellows will be expected to pursue their own research.

In your application, you will propose a postdoctoral supervisor (distinct from your doctoral supervisor) and your proposed postdoctoral supervisor will need to include a statement confirming their willingness to take on the role.

Fellows will join a community of more than 900 postdoctoral fellows, across the University.

Fellows will have access to the University library, shared office space, training, support, research, and networking opportunities during their post-doctoral fellowship.

Many of the services and supports that are offered to postdoctoral fellows by the University are done so through the School of Graduate Studies and are listed at:

This fellowship award provides an annual stipend of $50,000 (CAD) plus benefits (note that this gross salary will be subject to normal CRA deductions).

In addition to their stipend Fellows will be offered the opportunity to teach 0.5 FTE in FI, either a required or special topics course, as agreed upon with the Dean or the Dean’s representative. Fellows will be separately remunerated for this teaching in line with University policy.

Eligibility and Attributes
Applicant need to meet all requirements as outlined below:

  1. Concluded or planning to conclude all degree requirements in 2020: Applicant should have successfully defended in 2020, or planning to defend prior to January 15, 2021.
  2. Concluded all degree requirements within 6 years of study in the doctoral program at the Faculty of Information.
  3. Available to start their post-doctoral fellowship position in the beginning of January 2021.

Number of eligible positions: up to 2.

Submission Deadline
The complete application package must be submitted by 16 November 2020 as an email attachment to: with the subject line: UofT FI Jan2021 Post-Doc Competition. Faxed and paper applications will not be considered.

Applicant Diversity
The Faculty of Information is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Engagement as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

Application Procedures
You will be asked to include the following documents in your application:

  • Letter of Application, outlining your project proposal, including a justification for who you propose to act as your Postdoctoral Supervisor, and clearly describing the likely transformative value to you of being awarded this fellowship. (2 pp. max.)
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Statement of Research Interest addressing how your intended program of research builds-on and/or extends your doctoral dissertation work. (2 pp. max.)
  • Research Sample (a completed thesis chapter or published article of about 30 pages).
  • Doctoral Supervisor’s Statement: A statement from your doctoral supervisor confirming that your thesis will be defended and any revisions completed by December 2020.
  • Potential Postdoctoral Supervisor’s Statement: A confirmation that the proposed Postdoctoral Supervisor is willing to take on the role. (Note: the postdoctoral supervisor is distinct from your doctoral supervisor and will be a faculty member at the iSchool).
  • Please note upon receipt of your application, your doctoral supervisor and proposed postdoctoral supervisor will be contacted to provide detailed letters of reference.

All documents must be concatenated into a single .pdf. The size limit for a complete application including all documents is 10 mb.

Selection Process
The Awards Committee of the Faculty of Information will review applications using the criteria below and recommend to the Dean a ranked list of applicants to whom awards should be made. Final decision will be made by the Dean.

The Awards Committee will use the following selection criteria in reviewing applications:

  • Evidence that the Applicant’s new research project builds on and/or extends their dissertation research.
  • The originality and potential value of the proposed program of scholarship to the field.
  • The feasibility that the program of work can be completed in the 12-month period of the Fellowship.
  • Convincing justification for Post-doctoral supervisor.
  • Convincing plan (and timeframe) for completion of proposed research and publication.
  • Evidence that the award of the post-doctoral fellowship would be transformative to the applicant and not merely reward excellence.
  • Evidence of timely completion of doctoral studies.

About the Fellowship: Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Information, Professor Tony Tang ( or Chair of the Awards Committee, Leslie Shade (

About Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Toronto see: