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May 26, 2020

Eligibility Changes to Postdoctoral Fellowships Program


NSERC is pleased to announce a change to the eligibility criteria for the Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) program.

As of the 2021 competition year (application deadline October 19, 2020), NSERC will no longer impose a once-per-lifetime application limit. Provided applicants meet all other eligibility criteria, as detailed on the PDF Program webpage, they can re-apply to the program.

While institutions are not involved in the evaluation or administration of this program, we are aware that many SLOs and RGOs receive questions from postdoctoral program applicants. As such, we wanted to ensure that you to have this information well in advance of the 2021 PDF competition. The webpage for the 2021 competition will be updated in July 2020 to reflect all changes coming into force for the competition.

If you have questions, please email

May 21, 2020

Apply Today for the CAPI Doctoral Fellowship!


The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) is accepting applications for the 2020-2022 CAPI Doctoral Fellowship.

The CAPI Doctoral Fellows will consist of a small, dynamic, innovative and transdisciplinary research network specializing in sustainability, resilience, and soil in Canadian agriculture.

Deadline for applications is Friday, May 29, 2020.


Applicants must be currently enrolled in a PhD program at a Canadian university. The PhD research of the applicant must be related to sustainability and resilience of Canadian agriculture and soil. Area of study of the applicants could include, but are not limited to policy, economics, environmental studies, agricultural and biological sciences, geography, law, etc. 

May 19, 2020

Free Webinar: How to Access Data during COVID-19


DATE:  May 20
TIME:  2:30 p.m.

Register Now

Is COVID-19 keeping you from accessing Statistics Canada Masterfile data only available on campus? Western Libraries can help you find other sources of high-quality research data you can access from home.

Join librarians Liz Hill and Kristi Thompson on May 20 at 2:30 p.m. for a national webinar on Statistics Canada RTRA, an online access system for accessing Statistics Canada restricted data. Western students, faculty, staff and researchers have free remote access through Western Libraries. You will learn the differences between the data that can be accessed through the RTRA vs. Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC). You will also discover alternative sources of data from the U.S. and elsewhere that are similar to the Statistics Canada master datasets.

May 13, 2020

Writing Support Centre -- Online Support with a Writing Advisor


Western’s Writing Support Centre is now offering 50-minute Zoom sessions with a writing advisor for Western graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Our writing advisors will review any academic or professional writing at any stage of the writing process. You book the appointment. We send you the Zoom invitation.

Everything you need to know is on the Writing Support Centre website at Grads and Postdocs Online Appointments

May 06, 2020

McKinsey Canada Launchpad | Zurich Enterprise Challenge 2020


McKinsey Canada Launchpad (Virtual)

DATE: Friday, June 5, 2020
TIME: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST

Join us this summer for our McKinsey Launchpad event for PhDs, MDs, postdocs, and medical residents interested in pursuing a career in management consulting.

The Launchpad experience is designed to provide students with advanced professional degrees (APD) with an insider's look at management consulting and our firm. In addition, you'll learn about life as a consultant, work on a mock case study, and have fun connecting with our consultants and other APD participants through our virtual networking social. This program will be held virtually this year.



Zurich Enterprise Challenge 2020

At Zurich Insurance Company Ltd we are hosting the Zurich Enterprise Challenge 2020 and registration is now open for interested MBA, Masters and PhD students from universities all around the world!

The Zurich Enterprise Challenge is a three-phase student team competition, designed to offer participating students the unique opportunity to work directly with some of the world’s biggest multinational companies in order to provide real world solutions to their corporate challenges! The participating student teams compete for a CHF 5’000 cash price, as well as attendance and presentation at a Zurich-sponsored event in Q1 2021, including travel and accommodation. Participating students will benefit from gaining real-life working experience, career-enhancing skillsets, international exposure, and networking opportunities at senior management and often C-suite level. The Zurich Enterprise Challenge builds entirely on online and remote way-of-working, using all available digital channels and platforms – partner companies and student teams can work together from anywhere in the world!

The three phases of the Zurich Enterprise Challenge 2020 are:

  1. Phase 1 (20 April – 30 June 2020): The student teams will solve a generic case study in order to compete for qualification to Phase 2.
  2. Phase 2 (July – November 2020): The top teams from phase 1 will collaborate with a selected Zurich multinational corporate customer to provide a solution for a real-world corporate challenge.
  3. Phase 3 (December 2020 – Q1 2021): The winning team from phase 2 will receive a cash price of CHF 5’000 and present their work at a Zurich-sponsored event in Q1 2021.

More information about the Zurich Enterprise Challenge, including registration, can be found HERE.

The first round of the Zurich Enterprise Challenge 2020 started on Monday, 20 April 2020 and registration for participation is open until Tuesday, 30 June 2020! 

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