Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL) is an $84M seven-year cross-sectoral initiative supported at McGill University by the Canadian Government’s Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF), with an additional $18M from the government of Quebec. The central vision of the HBHL initiative is to create a global centre for excellence, establish a hub for neuroinformatics and big data analysis, and accelerate translational discoveries that will improve brain health in Canada and around the world.

HBHL will advance research across four themes:

1) Neuroinformatics and computer modelling;

2) Mechanistic models of neurodegenerative diseases;

3) Applied cognitive neuroscience of brain plasticity; and

4) Population neuroscience and brain health.

The HBHL funding program will span four domains:

1) Research, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary teams and innovative ideas;

2) Talent, supporting students, faculty recruitment, and visiting fellows;

3) Innovation, including the Neuro-Innovation Fund to support early stage commercialization and knowledge mobilization; and

4) Research infrastructure, as support for technology platforms and core facilities.

HBHL management, in conjunction with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, is proud to announce the launch of a new Postdoctoral Fellowships competition. This program aims to attract, train and retain top post-doctoral researchers from across disciplines and around the world to participate in interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research training opportunities related to brain and mental health research, knowledge translation/mobilization and innovation.


  • Applicants must be from outside McGill, or have commenced their postdoctoral studies at McGill no more than 12 months prior to the start date of the award.
  • The competition is open to both Canadian and foreign applicants. Candidates can consult the Brain@McGill Researcher Database to identify potential supervisors and contact them directly.
  • The research project must be aligned with HBHL’s goals and research priorities and tie in to at least one of HBHL’s four Research Themes (refer to the HBHL website).
  • Applicants must have received their PhD less than 2 years before the start date of the award.
  • Applicants must be registered as postdocs at McGill University by the start date of the award. Consult the Postdoctoral Researchers website for details on the different categories of postdoc at McGill. Successful applicants will be considered Postdoctoral fellows (Group C).
  • The Applicant cannot concurrently hold a HBHL award and a fellowship from another Canadian federal or provincial funding agency, or a McGill internal fellowship.
  • The award must begin between March 1, 2018 and September 1, 2018.

Value: CD$60,000 (+benefits) per year (max. $70,800) for 1 or 2 years (non-renewable).
Number of fellowships to be awarded: 7
Start of Award: March 1st to September 1st, 2018.
Application Deadline: Application forms and reference letters must be submitted by January 10, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST.
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November 16, 2017