Useful information for future, current, and former postdocs

Resources for Indigenous post-doctoral fellows
On December 04, 2019 By VC Website

According to the SSHRC Indigenous Talent Fund consultation, Indigenous post-docs and graduate students face various barriers and challenges in pursuing academic and research endeavours. For example, Balancing studies while raising a family – many graduate students are parents. Graduate SSHRC scholarships are below the poverty line. Travel is very expensive. Negotiating the challenge of validating …

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On June 19, 2019 By Chair

Summary: Many postdocs in Canada remain classified as ‘trainees’ rather than ’employees’ despite the spread of postdoctoral unions across the country and a number of provincial labour board rulings to the contrary. As a result, those individuals are denied access to Employment Insurance and the Canada Pension Plan – two social security programs that many postdocs …

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Nature Launches Online Hub for Canadian Science Careers!
On March 07, 2019 By Chair

The CAPS/ACSP Executive is excited to announce the launch of a new website focused on career development for researchers in Canada: The site can be found here: We hope you will take a moment to bookmark it today and share this message with any friends or peers who may be interested! More information from …

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CAPS/ACSP National Health / Dental Insurance Plan – UPDATED!
On November 20, 2018 By Chair

CAPS/ACSP now offers health/dental insurance plans for our Contributing Members through Manulife’s Association Plans with Specialized Benefits Inc. acting as our insurance advisor/broker. Contributing Members have access to over 20 different Health/Dental Insurance Plans through Manulife, starting at $55/month and offering coverage related to: prescription drugs; eye exams; dental visits; massage; chiropractic; emergency transport (ambulance); …

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CAPS/ACSP Launches Contributing Member & Affiliate Plan
On August 30, 2018 By Chair

CAPS/ACSP is proud to announce the launch of our CONTRIBUTING MEMBER & AFFILIATE PLAN! CAPS/ACSP regular membership and organizational affiliation remains free of charge and provides access to rights (e.g., election/voting rights; eligibility determined by membership type) and CAPS/ACSP mailing lists. The new Contributing Member/Affiliate status is optional and simply gives current and former postdoc …

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Health & Wellness
On January 27, 2018 By Chair

The CAPS/ACSP Executive is working to improve the Health & Wellness Resources we provide for postdocs and to build an inclusive, supportive, and connected national community to help ensure the wellbeing of our members. The need for improved mental/emotional support was clear in the results of the CAPS/ACSP 2016 National Postdoc Survey, as many postdocs …

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Career Development Resources
On January 07, 2018 By Chair

    Introducing a new website designed to deliver a regional resource for Canadian scientists to manage and develop their careers with tailored advice, content and opportunities, offering them vital support throughout their working life. The website is designed to act as a hub for researcher career development in Canada by providing cross-disciplinary: News and …

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Organizations of interest
On April 26, 2016 By Chair

National: The International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICoRSA) – an international organization that provides a global voice for research staff and postdoctoral scholars with respect to international research policy. Future of Research (FOR) – A US-based organization focused on creating a public discourse about the major issues affecting the future of biomedical research, including …

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Educational Resources
On April 07, 2016 By Chair

HHMI Educational Resources   National Academies Press (US) – access to >6,000 publications (free to download as pdf’s) on a wide range of topics in science, engineering and medicine, including health policy.   To suggest links for inclusion in this list please email:

Articles of Interest
On April 07, 2016 By Chair

Canadian Content Restoring Canada’s Competitiveness in Fundamental Research: The View from the Bench – Global Young Academy (2017) – Report based on a survey of 1,300 Canadian researchers regarding how the decline in funding for fundamental research between 2005 and 2015 changed the course of researchers’ careers and their contributions to Canada University Affairs – …

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