The HBI Inspires Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuroscience

The University of Calgary recognizes that diversity among faculty, staff, students, and alumni benefits and enriches the work, teaching, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and broader community. The Hotchkiss Brain Institute is committed to removing barriers that have been, and continue to be, encountered by equity deserving groups, including Indigenous peoples, visible/racialized minorities, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2S+.

Eligibility: Acceptance into a full-time postdoctoral fellowship program under the primary supervision of a full-time HBI faculty member of the University of Calgary. Trainees who anticipate starting a postdoctoral training program at the University of Calgary within 12 months are eligible to apply.

The purpose of this award is to support and attract scholars who identify as Black, Indigenous, other racialized minority, LGBTQ2S+, people with a disability, and individuals from low socioeconomic backgrounds who were first generation postsecondary students (undergraduate degree). Scholars will also be expected to have completed a PhD in any field, ideally within the last three years from the start date with career interruptions taken into account.  

If successful, applicants must take up award funding within 6 months of application deadline date. 

Value: $60,000 in the form of $30,000/year ($25,000/year for the duration of the award as well as an additional $5,000/year).

Number of awards available: One award per year, conditioned on funding

Duration: Two years, with second year subject to approved based on satisfactory performance and submission of an annual progress report.


  • Appointments for postdoctoral fellows must be for a minimum of 12 months.
  • The extended health benefit plan, which is mandatory for all postdoctoral scholars, is not covered by the award. It is the responsibility of the supervisor to cover the cost of the benefit plan. Expenses, such as the employer’s contribution to CPP/EI., relocation expenses, conference attendance, and other research-related expenses, are the responsibility of the supervisor. The fellowship is subject to Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Employment Insurance (EI) deductions. It is also subject to the Income Tax Act as per the Regulations of the Government of Canada.

  • Funding is allocated annually and may be renewed once for an individual fellow

  • Individuals obtaining external support (i.e. tri-council, AI-HS, or equivalent) or any other internal funding must immediately inform the HBI Education Director. Successful applicants will have to report any external funding/fellowships, as the value of the HBI Inspire Postdoctoral Fellowship will be the difference between the full fellowship and the external funding/fellowship(s). All other conditions follow the University of Calgary Postdoctoral policy and procedures, as approved by the Vice-President Research. 

  • Supervisor will be expected to match at least $25,000 in annual funding.

  • Please note, this fellowship funding or others may be impacted with other additional funding obtained.

Citizenship: Unrestricted

Application requirements: Applications will include a current Curriculum Vitae, 2 structured references, a letter of support from proposed supervisor and a project description. These will be submitted with the Application form.

Review criteria will include, but not necessarily be limited to:

  • Applicant's academic success and research publication achievements
  • Relevant experience and Leadership activities
  • Supervisory record and publication record which includes trainee contributions, contributions to HBI, EDI and training environment/philosophy
  • Research Project objectives and methods
  • Fit with the EDI profile.

Apply: Complete the on-line application from and submit to

Deadline: March 15th

Questions can be directed to