News and Opinions
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 Admin

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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SSHRC Report: Leveraging Knowledge for 21st Century Teaching and Learning
On October 08, 2016 By Admin

A message to all postdocs from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dear SSHRC Stakeholders, I am delighted to provide you with a link to SSHRC’s summary report Leveraging knowledge for 21st century teaching and learning, which is available in HTML or PDF format on the Imagining Canada’s Future web pages. The new report showcases insights on the future …

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Welcome to CAPS/ACSP’s new website!
On July 03, 2016 By Admin

As the Chair of CAPS/ACSP for 2016-2017, it is my pleasure to unveil our new and improved website! My sincere thanks to the many members of the CAPS/ACSP Executive Teams from 2014-2016 who contributed to the design and content of this site, and especially Dr. Monica Sesma-Vazquez, whose dedication to this task was central to its successful completion.

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

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