Publications & Resources

Organizations of interest
On April 26, 2016 By J Sparling

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 J Sparling

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 J Sparling

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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Blogs of Interest
On April 07, 2016 By J Sparling

The Black Hole – posts after May 2012 – blog about science in Canada and issues affecting trainees The Black Hole – older posts – archive from previous website       To suggest a blog for inclusion on this list please email:

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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