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Official documents produced by CAPS/ACSP or shared by request

Changes to CAPS/ACSP Membership and Email Lists
On March 25, 2017 By J Sparling

CAPS/ACSP has revised our membership structure and email list access to accommodate: – Current postdocs (Active Members) – Former postdocs (Alumni Members) – All other interested parties (Adjunct Members) We also added Affiliation forms so groups/organizations (e.g., PDAs, PDOs, etc.) can now register as CAPS/ACSP-Affiliates for the purposes of recognition and information sharing. All current …

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Alberta Postdoctoral Associations Advocate for Employee Status and Uniform Provincial Policies
On January 26, 2017 By J Sparling

In April 2016 the Presidents of the Postdoctoral Association of the University of Calgary (PDAC), the University of Alberta Postdoctoral Fellows Association (PDFA), and the University of Lethbridge Postdoctoral Fellows Association (ULPA) submitted a letter to the Alberta Government requesting a meeting with the Province to discuss much-needed improvements in postdoctoral policy on behalf of …

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2016 Canadian National Postdoctoral Survey Results
On November 19, 2016 By J Sparling

CAPS-ACSP is excited to officially release the 2016 Canadian National Postdoc Survey Report and Executive Summary. The survey and report were funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The survey covered a wide range …

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A Unique Approach to the Start-Up is Ideal for Young Researchers
On October 08, 2016 By J Sparling

Over my years working with CAPS/ACSP (2011 – present), I have all-to-frequently witnessed postdocs frustrated with their employment opportunities. Both the 2013 CAPS/ACSP Postdoctoral Survey and the forthcoming 2016 survey (ask me in November) show that roughly 75% of postdocs are looking for a permanent position in the academy. Unfortunately, the reality is that there …

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CRA Employment Status Rulings: Important information for all postdocs working in Canada
On June 17, 2016 By J Sparling

As a member of the Executive Board of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars / Association Canadienne des Stagiaires Postdoctoraux (CAPS/ACSP), I regularly respond to emails from postdocs working all over Canada, who contact our organization for assistance and advice. Far too often those emails are from postdocs who are pregnant (or their friends or colleagues), who contact us seeking information about sources of funds for support during maternity leave. I am sure that many of you know postdocs working in Canada who have faced these or similar challenges related

CAPS/ACSP 2013 Survey Results
On November 04, 2014 By J Sparling

The 2013 Canadian Postdoc Survey: Painting a Picture of Canadian Postdoctoral Scholars The Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars / l’Association canadienne des stagiaires post-doctoraux (CAPS-ACSP) is pleased to release the report from the 2013 Survey of Canadian Postdoctoral Scholars, (Executive Summary, Full Report) conducted in collaboration with Mitacs, between March and April, 2013. Postdoctoral scholars, or postdocs, are …

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Improving the Experiences of Social Sciences & Humanities Postdocs in Canada
On April 19, 2014 By J Sparling

In 2013 the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada / Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada (SSHRC/CRSH) initiated a review of the training, career development needs, and administration of postdoctoral fellows (‘postdocs’) in the social sciences and humanities in Canada. Under consideration were proposals to shift SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships (S-PDF) to …

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History of Postdoctoral Taxation in Canada
On July 09, 2010 By J Sparling

Between 2008 and 2010 the CAPS/ACSP  Executive (along with other groups) sought to clarify the status of postdocs in Canada with respect to taxation of income, particularly for postdocs on fellowships/scholarships. This post reviews the timeline of issues and changes in taxation of postdocs during that period, the end result of which was the current …

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CAPS/ACSP 2009 Postdoctoral Survey and Position Paper on Postdoctoral Status
On September 07, 2009 By J Sparling

In 2009, CAPS/ACSP conducted our first national online survey of Canadian postdoctoral scholars. The final report from that survey, entitled “A postdoctoral crisis in Canada: From the “Ivory Tower” to the Academic “Parking Lot” is available here. CAPS/ACSP also wrote an accompanying position paper on postdoctoral status that was released around the same time. That document, …

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