Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

The Appointment Process

There are four critical steps that must be taken in order to register your postdoctoral appointment at Western:

Step 1: Reach an agreement in principle with a faculty researcher 
As a general rule, to become a postdoctoral scholar you must first contact a researcher at Western who shares your research interests and can therefore serve as your faculty supervisor or faculty research mentor.

Items for discussion: 

There are two different appointment types (PDF or PDA). Typically, there are three potential sources of financial support for Postdoctoral Scholars:

Step 2: Complete the online appointment process Step 3: Sign and submit your contract

*Most services available to scholars at Western cannot be accessed until this process is complete.

Step 4: Reach an agreement with two additional mentors
SGPS asks each new postdoctoral scholar to identify two individuals outside of your supervisor who will actively participate in your mentorship while you attend Western as a Postdoctoral Scholar.  Your mentors can be a faculty member, industry partner, or community leader whose role is to provide support and guidance to the postdoctoral scholars in achieving their career goals successfully. Most importantly your mentors should commit to advancing your career as a Postdoctoral Scholar. This involves regular and thoughtful discussions of the strengths and limitations of ongoing research as well as attention to the development of skills and experiences that will advance your career.

If you are unable to reach an agreement with two mentors please contact Mihaela Harmos (mharmos@uwo.ca) for assistance.

Step 5: Complete and Submit the Professional Development Plan for Postdoctoral Scholars
The Professional Development Plan (PDP) for Postdoctoral Scholars at Western University is a professional tool which formalizes long-term and short-term expectations that you and your postdoctoral mentor(s)/supervisor(s) have identified as goals in your successful professional development at Western. A comprehensive review of your career goals and objectives at the beginning of your postdoctoral experience as well as ongoing constructive feedback from your postdoctoral mentor/supervisor will increase the probability of achieving your individual goals by defining the time and resources required.  A plan will be made available to you after submitting your contract to The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.


In order to renew your Postdoctoral Scholar appointment, you will need to complete the above appointment process. Please note, however, that the maximum period that an individual can be appointed as a Postdoctoral Scholar at Western is five years.