International Postdoctoral Program

The OFI International Postdoctoral Program provides recent PhD graduates with a unique appointment in ocean studies focused on the North Atlantic. The term of the award is two years; successful candidates will spend 12 months at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and 12 months at one of our partner institutions in Europe or the United States.

OFI will conduct its next call for applicants in late 2018.

About the program 

The OFI International Postdoctoral Program provides an opportunity to join leading experts working on innovative projects related to OFI research. The program involves research collaboration among principal investigators, enabling postdoctoral fellows to gain exposure to diverse research approaches.

Eligible international partners are:


Scholars who have completed all of the requirements of their PhD degree by the program start date and within the last four years (all courses, thesis, defence and final submission of thesis copies to the university) are eligible to begin an OFI International Postdoctoral Fellowship. Those who have not yet defended their theses are not eligible.

Funding & Duration 

Terms: The awards are for two years and are non-renewable. The award provides for CAD$55,000/year in salary and up to CAD$20,000 for benefits and relocation costs.

Number of awards: There will be a maximum of 10 fellowships active at any time.

Field: Research areas must align with OFI research.

Appointment & Application Process

The application deadline was Jan. 31, 2018; the next call for applicants is expected to occur in late 2018 

Step 1: Identify research supervisors at both institutions

Contact researchers at both Dalhousie University and at an OFI partner institution (listed above) who will serve as mentors. The researchers must have demonstrated expertise in the research area and experience to serve as a faculty supervisor or research mentor.

Step 2: Prepare and submit an application

An application will consist of:

  1. Proposed research program – maximum of two pages, including names and affiliations for each of the applicant's proposed supervisors/mentors.
  2. Plan and timelines for the award period - maximum of one page; it should detail dates for the proposed time periods at each institution and the major research activities to be performed in each location.
  3. Curriculum vitae outlining the applicant's educational background, publication record and work experience. 
  4. A one-page summary of doctoral dissertation and a copy of transcripts from the applicant's PhD program.
  5. Three reference letters submitted directly by the letter writers under separate cover.
  6. One-page statements from each proposed supervisor detailing their interest in and support of the research project as well as the applicant's fit for the research program, submitted under separate cover by the proposed supervisors.

Submit the application and supporting documents to ofi@dal.ca.

Selection criteria

  • Excellence of the proposed research program, especially the fit to OFI research 
  • Excellence of the candidate
  • Excellence of the mentor at the partner institution
  • Excellence of the faculty member at Dalhousie University

Once the review committee makes a decision, successful applicants will be notified with necessary next steps. Decisions will be made by March 15, 2018. The earliest start date would be April 1, 2018.

OFI is committed to fostering a collegial culture, grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. Applications are encouraged from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

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