AMS Postdoctoral Fellowship Requirements
The AMS Postdoctoral Fellowship provides support to a core of the most promising researchers at a pivotal time in their careers. Candidates should be embarking on a period of full time post-PhD degree studies and wish to add to their experience by engaging in research in Canada or abroad. The fellowships are intended for emerging scholars to complete work already started on projects related to the history of health care, disease, medicine or the education of health professionals, or to begin a new project in the field. For the 2016 competition, the AMS is particularly interested in supporting postdoctoral fellows in the areas of aboriginal health and health professional education in humanistic care.
Value and Duration: The maximum amount awarded is a $45,000 stipend for one year, plus a $2,500 research and travel allowance.
Process to Apply: Create an account in the NSHRF Grants Management System (GMS) and apply for grant/award – AMS Fellowship.
Open/Close Date: To view all current funding opportunities with dates click here.
Funding Term: It is anticipated that two fellowships will be funded in the 2016/2017 competition. The award may begin on the first of any month between September 1, 2016 and September 1, 2017, and cannot be longer than one year in duration.
To apply for the AMS Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Principal Investigator (PI) must:
Meet a minimum commitment of 75% of your time in the research fellowship role proposed in the application.
Identify a primary supervisor. The supervisor must be located at the university where the applicant will be based during the fellowship.
At the time of application, hold a PhD or expect to complete all requirements of the degree before September 1, 2016.
Candidates who have obtained a doctoral degree more than three years prior to the competition deadline are not eligible. NSHRF uses the date of degree completion to determine applicant eligibility. This is the date on which all requirements of your degree have been met, including successful defense and submission of the corrected copy of your dissertation. If prospective candidates have experienced a serious interruption or delay in pursuing their career since completion of the PhD that would make them ineligible for this fellowship based on the three year limit, exemptions will be considered on an individual basis on the provision of relevant information, including specific dates. Contact the Manager, REAL Knowledge Program, for more information.
Fellowships are normally held at Canadian institutions, however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to hold their awards outside Canada. Candidates who are neither Canadian citizens nor permanent residents of Canada are eligible for awards to be held in Canada only.
For individuals who are seeking support to hold their award outside of Canada, the award will only begin after the recipient has provided proof of Canadian Citizenship or Canadian Permanent Residency.
- For international candidates coming to Canada for study, awards will only begin after proof of full-time registration at a Canadian university is provided.
The following criteria will be used by the peer review committee to evaluate AMS Postdoctoral Fellowship applications:
Challenge—The aim and importance of the endeavor (20%)
- Originality and potential significance of the proposed program of work.
Feasibility—The plan to achieve excellence (30%)
- Feasibility of the proposed program of work
- Appropriateness of the intended place of tenure
- Effectiveness of the overall support provided by the host institution for research training and career development
- Appropriateness of the supervisor identified
Capability—The expertise to succeed (50%)
- Fellowships, scholarships or other awards obtained
- Previous research experience and/or publications
- Timely completion of doctoral studies, taking into account the nature of the program and any related personal circumstances that may have delayed the applicant’s academic career
All AMS Postdoctoral Fellowship applications are submitted in the NSHRF’s online Grant Management System (GMS) and completed either as direct entries or as additional uploads. This section describes each requirement in detail. To create a GMS account or start your application, please login to the Grant Managment System.
If you are entering information directly in to the GMS and you wish to cut and paste from another document we recommend that you paste as unitext. Notepad will convert to unitext.
All sections uploaded to the GMS must adhere to the following format:
- Uploads cannot exceed section page limit and must be in Portable Document Format (.pdf)
- Font must be 11 pt minimum, black type. No condensed/narrow fonts, type, or spacing
- Use 1.5 line spacing, 0.5 inch (1.27 cm), left and right margins
- PI's last name and application ID number (available in GMS) must be at the top of each page in the header
- Pages uploaded for each section should be numbered in the footer
- Page numbering can start at one and end with the maximum page limit for that section; applicants do not need to attempt consecutive numbering between sections
- All references should be uploaded as a separate attachment in the References section
A Canadian Common CV (CCV) is required for all Principal Investigators applying for the AMS Postdoctoral Fellowship. All uploaded documents will be included in the final application for review. Refer to our instructions on validating and submitting your Common CV for NSHRF.
Title of Proposal
This title will be used for communication purposes. It should describe the subject of the research for which you are seeking support. It should not contain a company or trade name. Spell out scientific symbols and acronyms.
In your GMS application, you will be asked to provide six key words that describe the research endeavors outlined in your proposed program of research.
Institution Administering Funds
Applicants must indicate which institution will administer the funds. In order for an application to be submitted to the NSHRF, this institution will be required to approve the application and agree to terms and conditions listed. It is recommended that applicants contact the institution to determine internal institutional deadlines, requirements and potential support offered by the institution in advance of the fellowship application deadline.
See below for the form requiring signature by the institution that will administer the fellowship funds. A scanned or electronic copy of this form can be uploaded in your GMS application. Please refer to the NSHRF signature and submission page for more details on institutional responsibilities.
Download: Institution Agreement Form (PDF)
Please note:Applications are required to have institutional approval and appropriate signatures before the application deadline. Applications that have not obtained institutional support will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for funding.
The supervisor will need a GMS account to be added to the application. Please provide your Postdoctoral Fellowship supervisor's email address (same email used in their GMS account) in the Supervisor section of the GMS application form. Entering this information will connect your supervisor's information to your application. To create a GMS account click here.
The supervisor should be located at the institution where the applicant will be conducting the proposed work and/or be registered at while conducting the proposed research. Post-doctoral fellows are encouraged to find a supervisor with a research background that includes methodologies appropriate to the field of medical history.
The supervisor must provide a letter of support for the application. Please click here for more details.
Please list the main objectives of your proposed program of research and describe what you want to achieve over the full duration of your fellowship. Ensure the listed objectives encompass all of the main activities you plan to undertake using the fellowship funds. These objectives should be the same as those described in the Outline and Work Plan section of your application.
Please note: This section is used for administrative purposes by the NSHRF. Funded applicants will be expected to report on progress related to the listed objectives.
Page maximum: Three Pages
Provide a detailed description of your proposed program of research for the period during which you are to hold the fellowship. Be as specific as possible. Provide background information to position your proposed research within the context of the current knowledge in the field. State the objectives and hypothesis (where relevant), and outline the approach to be taken (citing literature pertinent to the proposal), and the methods and procedures to be used – e.g. what kind of sources are being consulted, and what scholarly questions/themes/debates are being engaged. State the significance of the proposed research to a field or fields in the history of health care, disease and/or medicine.
Page maximum: One Page
The work plan should include a clear timeline indicating fellowship start and end dates, and details on activities, including deadlines and indicators of success. Applicants should anticipate challenges and include a plan to address those challenges. Applicants should also provide a detailed explanation for how they plan to spend the allotted travel stipend ($2,500).
Please provide up to three reference letters that support your fellowship application. Each reference must be a maximum of one page. Use discipline appropriate format. All references must be uploaded electronically in the GMS by the applicant. Up to three pages can be uploaded.
Page Maximum: One Page
A letter of support from the supervisor is required. This letter must be uploaded in the GMS under the References and Attachments section.
Please note: Paper, faxed or emailed copies will not be accepted.
If necessary, up to three additional supporting documents relevant to the application can be included (e.g., letter confirming access to data source or sample, questionnaires/surveys and letters indicating community partner support).
Applications must include a bibliography that uses a standard referencing format (e.g. APA, Vancouver).
Applicants must review the terms listed in the Signature and Submission section of the application in GMS, as well as the Signature and Submission section on the General Program Requirements page.
Applications submitted to the NSHRF that do not contain all of the necessary information will be disqualified from further consideration in the competition process. Our systems have been designed to ensure that applicants have every opportunity to view the application information before it is submitted. The entire responsibility of ensuring proper submission of a complete application rests with the applicant. The NSHRF assumes no responsibility to notify applicants or follow-up with respect to particulars of incomplete or noncompliant applications. Applications submitted late will not be accepted by the NSHRF.
The NSHRF undertakes an initial screening of the applications to determine the completeness of the application and applicant’s eligibility. A peer review panel will review applications in accordance with NSHRF’s peer review guidelines and the AMS Postdoctoral Fellowship Evaluation Criteria.
This guide is intended to provide applicants with a high level step by step checklist to follow in order to apply for the AMS Fellowship.
If you have any questions about this funding opportunity please contact the Manager, REAL Knowledge Program.