Canada UK Postdoctoral Fellowships for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Canada UK Postdoctoral Fellowships for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Applications are now open for a new Postdoctoral Fellowship focussed on developing and strengthening the skills required for Postdoctoral researchers to become successful Innovators and Entrepreneurs, by embedding them in internationally leading centres of excellence both in the UK and in Canada.

  • Promote careers of young postdoctoral scientists
  • Leverage unique country-specific areas of expertise
  • Build international academic and industrial networks

Support talented young scientists to undertake innovative academic research in the UK.

Promote the flow of knowledge, technologies and talent between Canada and the UK in areas of strategic importance

Candidate Profile & Selection

The selection criteria will be weighted heavily on the quality of the applicant and their willingness to participate in the Canada oriented programme, the originality and quality of the proposal and the suitability of the partnering.


Successful candidates will receive a competitive stipend funded for two or three years, including relocation and health care coverage, with provision for accompanying dependents if required. Stipends will contribute to research costs (with the partnering lab), provision for travel, research & entrepreneurial training towards developing tomorrows, international leaders. We are not launching the full programme at this time and it is only open to Cambridge postdocs.  So I would refer to the OPDA site for what is included.  We cannot offer more than OPdA plus Canadian oriented events in the UK and in Canada.

Common Vision

Canada and the United Kingdom share a strategic vision in many areas of research where industrial/academic relationships can be developed further. This fellowship program will enhance such relationships by creating a cadre of young CanUK Fellows with international experience in academia and industry. The program will be launched in Cambridge, UK where the Cambridge Phenomenon

( has captured the attention of industry, academic and political leaders for being an outstanding incubator for growing academic ideas into world-changing technologies and innovative new companies. Following Cambridge, the Canada-UK Foundation would like to extend this to other universities.

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Cambridge Information Day 14 June 2018

All prospective applicants MUST attend the information day on 14 June 2018, 9am- 4pm.

Applications due 25 June 2018

While applications are open to all Postdoctoral researchers, those who apply must demonstrate a strong interest in innovation and entrepreneurship and propose how these skills will serve their career goals and aspirations as it relates to their field of expertise.

Candidates will be required to engage with the programme in Cambridge and in Canada. This will involve participation in events in Canada and in the UK and a willingness to understand innovation and entrepreneurship in Canada as it relates to their field of expertise.

The CanUK Postdoctoral Fellowship is committed to the promotion of diversity and inclusion and seeks to attract, develop, and advance the most talented individuals regardless of their race (including nationality), disability, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership or pregnancy and maternity.

Application deadline: 9:00am on Monday, 25 June 2018

Apply online via Cambridge University OPDA Procedures