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Postdoctoral Fellowships for Black Scholars

Toronto Metropolitan University

Black scholars are among the most underrepresented in postdoctoral positions, tenured faculty positions, and in University leadership. Building on the recommendations of the Anti-Black Racism Campus Climate Review and reinforced by the Standing Strong committee recommendations, and as part of a wider commitment to equity, in recognition of the barriers to equal opportunities for education and employment, TMU is implementing this program with the goals of building a more diverse and inclusive academe, and supporting the flourishing of Black scholarship. In particular, this program seeks to expand and advance Black scholarship and intellectual traditions, and support the academic endeavours of the Black community.

• Available Fellowships: up to four (4) beginning September 5, 2023

• Amount: $70,000/year plus benefits

• Duration: 24 months

• Field: Open

• Deadline to Apply: April 1, 2023

• Decision: July 2023

Funding will be available to provide $70,000 per year to support up to two years of postdoctoral salary for four (4) Black scholars.


• Scholars who self-identify as Black (of African descent; for example, Africans and African heritage people from the Caribbean, Americas, Europe).

• Completion of a PhD or PhD-equivalent within the last three years prior to the application deadline, or PhD expected by the planned start date of the fellowship.

• Can hold the fellowship by September 5, 2023 for two years.

• Successful applicants must be eligible to work in Canada by the start of the Postdoctoral position. International applicants may apply; however, successful international applicants will require a work permit and Canadian Social Insurance Number in order to take up the postdoctoral position. Exceptional start dates may be negotiated in relation to the permit and visa process timelines.

• Be associated with a current or proposed supervisor who holds a tenured or tenure-track faculty position at TMU, and include a letter of support from the proposed supervisor.

• This funding cannot be held concurrently with another major fellowship.

• Applicants cannot hold a faculty position or be on leave from such a position.

• Applicants must submit proof of completion of degree before the fellowship commences.

Application Process and Materials
Interested applicants must secure an agreement to supervise from a professor at Toronto Metropolitan University. Only full-time tenured or tenure track faculty members are eligible to be supervisors. YSGS can assist prospective applicants in connecting them with potential supervisors.

For more information and detailed application instructions:

Dr. Seth Dworkin, Academic Lead, Postdoctoral Fellows, YSGS