AMS Postdoctoral Fellowship


The AMS Postdoctoral Fellowship provides support to a core of the most promising researchers at a pivotal time in their careers. Candidates should be embarking on a period of full time post-PhD degree studies and wish to add to their experience by engaging in research in Canada or abroad. The fellowships are intended for emerging scholars to complete work already started on projects featuring the study, analysis, and interpretation of past practices, philosophies, and/or epistemologies related to human health, health care, and/or disease or the education of health professionals, or to begin a new project in the field.

Application Process
Review Process
Assessment Criteria
Resources and Assistance



To apply for an AMS Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Principal Investigator (PI) must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident AND meet the following requirements:

  • Meet a minimum commitment of 75% of your time in the research fellowship role proposed in the application.
  • Have confirmed a primary supervisor located at the university where the applicant will be based during the fellowship.
  • At the time of application, hold a PhD or expect to complete all requirements of the degree before September 1, 2019.
  • Have not completed a PhD more than 3 years prior to the competition deadline. (The date of completion is the date on which all requirements of the degree have been met, including successful defense and submission of the corrected copy of the dissertation.)

Special Eligibility Considerations

  • If a prospective applicant has experienced a serious interruption or delay in pursuing their career since completion of the PhD that would make them ineligible for this fellowship, exemptions to the degree completion date requirement will be considered on an individual basis on the provision of relevant information.  Contact the Manager, Research Programs for more information.
  • Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible. Individuals who are seeking to hold their awards outside of Canada must provide proof of Canadian Citizenship or Canadian Permanent Residency.

Funding Amount and Duration

  • A maximum of a $45,000 stipend plus $2,500 research and travel allowance will be issued for each fellowship.
  • The awards may begin on the first of any month between September 1, 2019 and September 1, 2020, and cannot be longer than one year in duration.
Dates and Deadlines Application Available in GMS: February 4, 2019
Deadline: May 2, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. (AT)
Results Available: July 2019
Funds Available: September 2019


Application Process

Step 1:
Confirm Eligibility

Consider whether you meet the eligibility criteria (outlined above).

If applicants have any questions about their eligibility, they are encouraged to contact the Manager, Research Programs before submitting an application.

Step 2:
Review Application Requirements

Be sure to carefully review all application documents:

2019-20 AMS Fellowship Application Requirements (PDF): detailed information on how to apply for this grant opportunity. Be sure to fulfill all application requirements.

Institution Agreement Form: The form must be filled out and included with your application.

Step 3:
Register in NSHRF’s Grants Management System (GMS)
Applications must be submitted through NSHRF’s online Grants Management System (GMS).

To access the application in GMS, the Principal Investigator (PI) must create an account. For step-by-step instructions for creating an account, please click here.

Step 4: Complete Application

To apply, login to GMS to access the application, where information will be either entered directly into GMS or uploaded as PDF documents.

Be sure to upload a scanned or electronic copy of the completed Institution Agreement Form.

See the Application Requirements for detailed instructions.

More information about these steps is outlined in the Application Requirements

Review Process

  1. NSHRF staff will assess applications to determine whether they are complete and meet the eligibility criteria.
  2. A peer review panel composed primarily of medical historians will review applications in accordance with Peer Review Guidelines and the assessment criteria outlined below.

Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used by the peer review committee to assess AMS Postdoctoral Fellowship applications. For the complete Peer Review Scoring Rubric click here.

Challenge—The aim and importance of the endeavor (20%)

  • Originality and potential significance of the proposed program of work

Feasibility—The plan to achieve excellence (30%)

  • Feasibility of the proposed program of work
  • Appropriateness of the intended place of tenure
  • Effectiveness of the overall support provided by the host institution for research training and career development
  • Appropriateness of the supervisor identified

Capability—The expertise to succeed (50%)

  • Fellowships, scholarships or other awards obtained
  • Previous research experience and/or publications'
  • Timely completion of doctoral studies, taking into account the nature of the program and any related personal circumstances that may have delayed the applicant’s academic career


Resources and Assistance

Grants Management System (GMS) Support 

Please click here to download a step by step guide for applicants outlining how to navigate the Grants Management System. 

For technical questions regarding the GMS (including password resets, system navigation), contact the NSHRF Helpdesk at 902-424-4043 or

Please allow 1-2 business days for a response.

Canadian Common CV (CCV) Support

Looking for your CCV/NSHRF PIN? Your PIN is the email address you used to register with GMS. 

Please click here to download a step by step guide for validating your PIN and submitting your CCV. 

For technical questions regarding the CCV (including password and account resets, PINs, CCV submission, etc.), contact the CCV Centralized Helpdesk at 1-888-603-4178 or