CANSSI Ontario Top-ups for Postdoctoral Fellows Data Science


CANSSI Ontario offers top-up opportunities for trainees with Ph.D. degrees interested in pursuing multidisciplinary, data-driven research.

Top-ups are for $10,000 for two years ($5,000 per year) for highly competitive applicants to attract the best talent to Ontario.

Applicants must assemble a team of at least two supervisors from different disciplines who will be integrally involved in mentorship and training of the CANSSI Ontario fellow. The proposed research should be data-driven, proposing the development of novel statistical or computational methods or application of existing methods in novel ways.

During their two-year appointment, CANSSI Ontario fellows are expected to produce research output that includes contributions to the scholarly domains of both supervisors.


  1. Ph.D. in a quantitative field.
  2. Two proposed supervisors from Ontario universities/research institutes from two distinct fields; where at least one is a faculty member appointed to a statistics/biostatistics unit (department, division, or school) or is a biostatistics/statistics scientist appointed to a mathematics department.


February 15, May 15, and October 15 of each year.

Applications are reviewed after each competition deadline.
Decisions are announced approximately six weeks after each deadline.


Esther Berzunza, Program Manager
CANSSI Ontario

Application Materials

  1. The motivating problem (1 page);
  2. The data that will be used in the project proposal (1/2 page);
  3. The names, positions, a relevant publication reference, and research expertise of the supervisors (1/2 page); and
  4. An explicit multi-disciplinary training plan (1 page). Please also mention if this is a new or existing collaboration between the proposed faculty supervisors.
  5. Two (2) reference letters.
  6. Since this fellowship only supports the PDF’s funding package, the proposal should include a statement on the budget required to complete the project and the source of funds to cover these costs, if applicable.

Reporting Requirements

CANSSI Ontario Fellows will be expected to:

  1. Report yearly (by July 1) on their progress with specific reference to their multidisciplinary training plan and progress towards scholarly output in their respective fields (form will be provided).
  2. Contribute to a CANSSI Ontario Research Day.
  3. Participate in workshops, networking, and training events. statistics/biostatistics unit (department, division, or school) or must be a biostatistics/statistical scientist appointed to a mathematics department