ISER Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Memorial’s Policy on Research Impacting Indigenous Groups (RIIG)

This policy came into effect in 2020 and applies to all research funding applications (whether applicants are internal to Memorial or external). It applies prior to submission of the application; in other words, compliance begins with the initial stages of research design and submission of funding applications involving or impacting Indigenous groups. All applications must follow this policy (if applicable to the project) to be considered for funding by the Institute of Social and Economic Research, including the policy's requirement for researchers to secure an "‘Agreement in Principle’ by appropriate representatives of an Indigenous Group”. For more information, please review the material at the Policy web page and ask for assistance from the Indigenous Research Office ( if you require more information:

Note: Please email a copy of the Agreement in Principle with your fellowship application to

ISER Post-Doctoral Fellowships are available, on a competitive basis, to researchers from Memorial University or elsewhere who have completed their doctorate within thirty-six months of the March 1st application deadline date. During the tenure of the fellowship, researchers must be in residence at Memorial University under the supervision of a faculty member from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Fellowships "normally" start on September 1st of the year in which it is awarded, and end on August 31st of the following year. Post-Doctoral Fellowships up to approximately $35,000 per annum (paid on a bi-weekly basis (Canadian) and pro-rated over the duration of the fellowship), are awarded for up to one year.

To be considered for a post-doctoral fellowship, applicants should ideally have a doctorate degree in hand. However, those who have successfully defended their thesis by the February 10th application date are also eligible to apply.

If an individual has already held a ISER Post-Doctoral award they are not eligible for another. A Post-Doctoral Fellowship is for one year only, and not renewable for a second year.

If you have questions, please contact

Please note that for this competition we are using fillable PDFs and digital signatures. Steps for using these pdfs are given below. If you need further help please consult this guide or email Allan at for help with technical questions.

  1. Before attempting to fill in these pdfs download and save them on your computer - do not attempt to fill them in using your browser.
  2. Once downloaded and saved, open the pdf in Adobe Reader (please use the latest version available) and fill it in. If you don't have the free Adobe Reader, please download it from the Adobe website.
  3. Once the form has been filled in, click on the digital signature box at the end of the form (the box with the little red tag on it) and then either create a new digital signature if you have not digitally signed a pdf before, or use an existing digital signature to sign the pdf. NOTE: Do not sign the pdf until the form is completed and ready for emailing; signing the pdf and then changing the fields will invalidate the document.
  4. Then forward the pdf to the emaill address indicated on the pdf.

To apply for a Post-Doctoral fellowship:

  • Fill in and digitally sign the ISER Post Doc Fellowship Application from
  • Fill in the Applicant section on the Letter of Appraisal for ISER Post-Doctoral Fellowship form and then email it to the referee so they can fill in their section.
  • “Attach an Agreement in Principle if you are undertaking Indigenous Research."