CITA National Fellows

1. Purpose

The purpose of the National Fellows Program is to encourage professional interactions and to enhance research opportunities by providing partial support for postdoctoral fellows or research associates working in theoretical astrophysics or closely related fields at Canadian Universities other than the University of Toronto.


2. Nomination

The responsibility for identifying and nominating potential CITA National Fellows who will work at a given university lies with the faculty at that university. Faculty who are members of CITA Inc are eligible to submit nominations. In addition, faculty at Canadian universities who are not eligible to be members of CITA Inc. may also submit nominations. For each prospective fellow, a nomination package consisting of curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of proposed research, and three letters of recommendation should be submitted to the CITA application website along with a supporting letter from a faculty member stating how the applicant is expected to contribute to the local research program. There is no limit on the number of nominations per faculty member or per university; however, any faculty member submitting more than one nomination is asked to provide a cover letter in which the nominees are ranked in order of preference, with reasons given for the ordering. The application will be examined by CITA Council and ranked along with, and using the same standards as, applications for research fellow positions to be held at CITA. The deadline for receipt of nominations is November 15 for fellowships to start in the following academic year. Eligible nominating faculty will be required to join CITA Inc. in order to be funded.


3. Financial Support

CITA will notify the nominator of each successful candidate that a CITA National Fellowship has been awarded and will provide matching funding of salary only (no benefits) up to a maximum of $27,500.00 per year, for up to two years towards the fellow’s salary and up to $6,000.00 per year for selected research expenses. It will then be up to the nominator to contact and recruit the applicant. All hiring will be done through the nominator’s university. The remainder of the fellow’s salary must be raised from other grants or by the nominator’s university. If National Fellows are awarded major fellowships (such as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship), CITA will not contribute towards the fellow’s salary during tenure of the other fellowship. The nominator must inform the Director of CITA if any such fellowship award is made.


4. Interactions with CITA

CITA National Fellows are expected to visit CITA once a year to give a talk or seminar. These annual visits will be for a minimum of one week and CITA will pay for the cost of travel to and from the University of Toronto and provide accommodation. CITA will also provide full access to our facilities (library, computing and office space) to the extent that our resources permit. Please have your National Fellow contact CITA directly in September to schedule the seminar dates with our Visitor Committee.


5. Location of Tenure and Other Duties

It is expected that the Fellow will spend at least 80% of his/her time resident at the nominator’s home university unless alternative arrangements are approved in advance by both the nominator and the Director of CITA. Fellows are permitted to supplement their stipends by teaching up to one half-course per year, subject to prior approval by the Director of CITA.


6. Acknowledgement

The Fellow should acknowledge CITA in all publications, by use of the title, “CITA National Fellow” or by an acknowledgement that partial salary support was provided by a CITA National Fellowship. The Fellow should not use the term “NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow” as this is reserved by NSERC for a separate award.