News and Opinions
Nominations for the 2017-2018 CAPS/ACSP Executive Council are now closed
On June 19, 2017 By J Sparling

Dear Postdoctoral Scholars, Nominations for the 2017-2018 Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS/ACSP) Executive Council are now closed. Elections will be held via online ballot from Friday, June 23rd until Friday, June 3oth. Only ‘Active’ members of CAPS/ACSP or ‘Alumni’ members who have requested and been granted voting rights by the Executive Council are eligible …

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UPDATE – Alberta Postdocs Gain Employee Status and Collective Bargaining Rights
On June 18, 2017 By J Sparling

Based on input from the Postdoctoral Associations of Alberta, including the Postdoctoral Association of the University of Calgary (PDAC), the University of Alberta Postdoctoral Fellow Association, and the University of Lethbridge Postdoctoral Fellows Association (ULPA), the Alberta Government included some major changes in postdoctoral policy in recent provincial legislation. On the afternoon of May 4th, …

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Canada’s Fundamental Science Review: How you can help to #SupportTheReport
On June 18, 2017 By J Sparling

Release of the Naylor Report The Advisory Panel for Canada’s Fundamental Science Review headed by Dr. David Naylor officially submitted its final report to the Government of Canada on April 10th, 2017. The report entitled INVESTING IN CANADA’S FUTURE: Strengthening the Foundations of Canadian Research (aka: the Naylor Report) provides a comprehensive list of evidence-based …

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CAPS/ACSP Submission to the Advisory Panel for Canada’s Fundamental Science Review
On June 18, 2017 By J Sparling

In the fall of 2016 the CAPS/ACSP Executive Council submitted a report to the Science Secretariat in response to a request for input from the Chair of the Advisory Panel for Canada’s Fundamental Science Review, Dr. David Naylor. This was one of many reports submitted during the Advisory Panel’s consultation process, but unlike most groups, …

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CAPS/ACSP Brief Survey: National Group Health/Dental Insurance for Postdocs
On June 08, 2017 By J Sparling

Based on benefits data from the CAPS/ACSP’s 2016 National Postdoc Survey, we estimate that of the nearly 10,000 postdocs currently working in Canada: ~4,000 postdocs have no drug plan, dental benefits, family coverage, extended health benefits, or vision coverage ~5,000 postdocs have no long-term disability or life insurance coverage This type of support is essential …

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Mitacs Elevate accepting applications until July 5, 2017
On May 18, 2017 By J Sparling

Mitacs Elevate is now accepting applications for two-year postdoctoral funding: $55,000 annual award (plus $7,500 per year non-cash value in training) Exclusive, customized professional development training Long-term collaborative research project with a non-academic partner Deadlines: Letter of intent and Conflict of Interest declaration: June 7, 2017, at 5 p.m. PDT Letters of intent are not …

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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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