The Weston Brain Institute Postdoctoral Scholars at Oxford program supports top-tier Canadian postdoctoral scholars by providing international training at the University of Oxford and affiliation with Merton College. Prior to submitting an application, candidates should independently identify a host lab and potential supervisor at the University of Oxford who agrees to supervise them if awarded. Awardees will receive salary support for their postdoctoral positions at Oxford.

Goal: To encourage development of the next generation of leading Canadian neuroscientists by providing postdoctoral researchers with international training to accelerate their careers in translational research for neurodegenerative disease(s) of aging. Scholars should plan to build their careers in Canada upon completion of their postdoctoral position.


Applicant eligibility:

Applicants must be postdoctoral fellows who are normally resident in Canada, and plan to return to Canada to live and work upon completion of their postdoctoral position. They will have demonstrated outstanding scientific contributions, and will have the potential to be competitive for faculty positions in Canada following this postdoctoral position at Oxford.

Clinicians looking to complete a research position are eligible, but may not practice concurrently during their time at Oxford. Current PhD students considering this program for their first postdoctoral position should contact the Institute directly to discuss their eligibility.

If candidates are applying with a supervisor not focused on translational research for neurodegenerative diseases of aging, they are encouraged to seek a co-supervisor in the field.

Project eligibility: Projects must meet two conditions to be eligible:

  1. Be translational research that helps accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging
  2. Be the development of a therapeutic and/or tool

The Institute defines neurodegenerative diseases of aging to include: Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia, multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy, vascular contributions to the listed diseases (not stroke-mediated vascular disease), and prodromes to the listed diseases (e.g., mild cognitive impairment as prodromal to Alzheimer’s disease; REM sleep behavior disorder as prodromal to Parkinson’s disease). Proposed projects may relate to any disease(s), but must have an impact on neurodegenerative diseases of aging, and will be adjudicated based on their potential impact on these diseases.

To read how the Institute defines translational research, therapeutics and tools, please see What We Fund.

Funding Available

Up to ~$95,000CAD (£57,000, i.e. £44,000 per year + benefits) per year for 2 years

Useful Links

  • For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines, click here.

Internal Contacts

For proposal development/substantive review, please contact your Research Facilitator.


Faculty Deadline Please contact your Research Facilitator
OVPRI Approval Form Deadline Prior to submission of application to sponsor
Submission to Sponsor No Deadline

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.