Professional Development

Mentorship and Affiliations

Postdoctoral Fellows at York benefit from the mentorship of their faculty supervisor(s) and from others in their departments and in other research units. Postdoctoral Fellows are also encouraged to connect with research centres and institutes focusing on research related to their research areas.

Workshops and Events

In addition to the mentorship of supervisors and other faculty members, York University offers professional development opportunities and events to Postdoctoral Fellows that enrich professional development and allow opportunities for community building and networking across the postdoctoral community at York.

  • The Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Skills program offers graduate students and postdoctoral fellows skills development workshops and sessions designed based on input and feedback from the communities they serve. Please consult the Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Skills website on a regular basis for workshops/sessions applicable to you.
  • Professional development events and opportunities will also be listed in the monthly Postdoctoral Fellows edition of the FGSnews newsletter, which distributes information about funding, events, and opportunities of interest to our postdoctoral community. (If you do not receive this newsletter and would like to be added to the distribution list, please contact the Postdoctoral Services Coordinator.
  • Postdoctoral Fellows are also encouraged to regularly check the Mitacs Step website for information about upcoming Mitacs Step Workshops. The Step program offers free workshops taught by professionals which are structured around cultivating and improving important professional skills.
  • Resources and workshops related to teaching are listed on the website of York’s Teaching Commons.
  • York University Libraries (YUL) hosts the Learning Commons, which offers regular academic support services and workshops.
  • The Career Centre offers resources and workshops related to the job search and professional development.

Research Proposals and Applications

Postdoctoral Fellows are frequently involved in the preparation of proposals for research grants and in other forms of acquiring research support. The degree of involvement by the Postdoctoral Fellow in these processes, and the level of supervision offered by the supervising faculty member, varies widely. Beyond the support offered by the supervising faculty member and academic unit, additional support and information about available research funding is available from the Postdoctoral Services Coordinator and from the website of the Office of Research Services.