The purpose of the Stem Cell Network-MS Canada: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Regenerative Medicine for Multiple Sclerosis is to attract and retain promising post-doctoral scientists to work at the intersection of stem cells, regenerative medicine, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Successful applicants will pursue research, including stem cell and regenerative medicine approaches that can be used to investigate, treat, or cure MS. One award will be provided in this call and the award must be taken up with a start date between January 1, 2024, and March 1, 2024. The application must include a description of the research project, a justification of the project’s alignment with the award criteria, and support from an identified prospective PDF supervisor. This award is two years in duration and is intended for those in a relatively early stage in their post-doctoral career.

Applications can be made in English or French.

The application process is closed.

View the detailed program guidelines here.

View the application instructions here.

Applicant Eligibility
Required: MD, DMD, DVM, PhD, or equivalent received at least two months prior to the commencement of the fellowship. Must not be simultaneously serving an internship or residency. Individuals must take up their award with a Principal Investigator at a Canadian institution that meets the eligibility criteria for Tri-Agency funding.

Application Process
All interested applicants must access and submit full applications to Stem Cell Network via ProposalCentral by August 15, 2023, at 17:00 Eastern time (ET). The application consists of the following components:

  1. Completed application form, including:
    1. Applicant expertise
    2. Research contributions and impacts
    3. Training, mentorship, and career development plan
    4. Research project title
    5. Research proposal and justification
    6. Research project lay summary
  2. Canadian Common CV, in CIHR academic format
  3. Up to three letters of support (minimum two, maximum three) must be submitted that assess the applicant’s scientific abilities and contributions, as well as the potential of the applicant.
    1. Note: At least one letter of support should come from the prospective PDF supervisor to confirm their intent on hosting the PDF and outlining the benefits to their research program. Additional letter(s) of support should come from the individual(s) under whom the applicant has trained, who are familiar with the candidate’s characteristics and abilities and/or who have had a good opportunity to assess their potential for research.

Applicants may apply in English or French.


Funding opportunity launch June 2023
Application deadline August 15, 2023, 17:00 ET
Notice of decision October 2023
Funding start date January 1, 2024 (Award must be started on or before March 1, 2024)


$50,000 per year, 100% of which is for salary support.

About MS Canada
MS Canada fosters meaningful connections both within the MS community, and between the MS community and research, programs, resources, and services. As of 2023, MS Canada amalgamates two previously known entities, the MS Society of Canada and the MS Scientific Research Foundation, continuing its work toward the same vision of a world free of multiple sclerosis. The MS community is at the centre of MS Canada. For 75 years we have been relentless in our fight, continuously funding research to expand the current MS knowledge base. We also advocate for people living with MS, asking the government to remove barriers and improve policies that impact their everyday lives. For more information visit mscanada.ca.

For more information about this funding opportunity, please contact: Pamela Kanellis, AVP Research, MS Canada, pamela.kanellis@mscanada.ca or Ellie Arnold, Training Specialist, Stem Cell Network, earnold@stemcellnetwork.ca.

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