Benefits for Postdoctoral Fellows

General Benefits

Benefits updates in 2022:

  • 3% economic increases over three years (1% per year) effective May 1, 2022
  • Increases to the salary floor from $36,293 to $37,393 over three years effective May 1, 2022
  • Expansion of the use of the professional Development Fund (PDF) to include reimbursement of costs of equipment and materials required for the performance of postdocs’ duties effective May 1, 2022. Note that the PDF amount has been increased to 2,000 CAD per annum
  • Ability to maintain your Carleton email account for 12 months after the end of your appointment
  • Religious observance leave: postdocs may now come to an agreement with their supervisor to rearrange their work in order to observe religious holidays
  • Creation of 5 Post-Doctoral Fellowship Research awards of a value of $1,350 each
  • Expansion of the health benefits plan to include coverage for services from a wider range of mental health care providers

Benefits introduced in the previous collective agreements:

  • Free campus gym membership effective February 1, 2019
  • Lower health care premium cost for the Canada Life (formerly Great-West Life) Postdoctoral Fellow Benefits Plan (employer now covers 70% of the premium) effective May 1, 2019
  • Improved health, vision and dental benefits associated with the Canada Life (formerly Great-West Life) Postdoctoral Fellow Benefits Plan effective May 1, 2019
  • Professional Development Fund effective May 1, 2018
  • Tuition waiver for 1 semester class per academic year
  • 8% salary increase over 4 years (2% effective May 1, 2018, 2% effective May 1, 2019, 2% effective May 1, 2020, 2% effective May 1, 2021)
  • Salary floor increased to $34,200 effective May 1, 2018

Professional Development Fund

Article 13.06 of the Collective Agreement between Carleton University and PSAC 77000 provides for a Professional Development Fund (PDF) for Postdoctoral Fellows. In order to be eligible for the PDF, the postdoc fellow must be active (the postdoc contract has to be valid during the time of the avail of the PDF).

The Professional Development Fund (PDF) supports professional development activities of postdoctoral fellows at Carleton University that are otherwise not provided to them by their supervisor(s) at Carleton University. Examples of such professional development activities include travel, accommodation and registration fees for conferences related to professional development (e.g. teaching related conferences, grant writing workshops, etc).  If your travel to a conference is by air, you must also provide your original boarding passes in order to obtain reimbursement.

As of May 1, 2022, the PDF can also be used to purchase equipment necessary for the performance of a postdoc’s duties. Note that the equipment purchased with the use of the PDF remains the university property or can be bought by the postdoc at the end of their appointment.

Original receipts must be supplied in all instances in order to obtain reimbursement.

The PDF is administered by the Joint Committee for the Administration of the Agreement (JCAA) composed of representatives from PSAC 77000 and the University. The maximum amount that you may apply for and receive in a single year is $2000. The year is defined from May 1 of one calendar year to April 30 of the next calendar year. Note: the reimbursement can only take place after the expense has been incurred.

To apply for the PDF:

1) fill out the PDF application form explaining how the expenses are related to your professional development.

2) email the completed form to JCAA.PSAC77000(at) Do NOT email any receipts with the application form.

3) PSAC and the University will review your application and reply to you within 5 weeks. If approved, PSAC 77000 will email you the approved application form along with further instructions. Note: you may submit your application some months in advance to find out if you will be eligible for receiving the funds for a professional development opportunity of your choice.

4) Once all expenses related to the development activity have occurred, you would need to bring the approved application form along with the claimed expenses receipts to the Finance Department (301 Robertson Hall) for reimbursement.

5) If you make a travel claim for a professional development activity, such as a conference or workshop, use the rate given in the following travel directive.

Canadian and US travel rates for road travel (rented or private car) can be found in Appendix B, and meals and daily allowance (per diem) can be found in Appendix C. Rates in the USA are the same as in Canada but paid in US funds. For travel to other international destinations, meals and daily allowance (per diem) can be found in Appendix D.

You may claim accommodation expenses and per diem for one day before and one day after the event. Your accommodation receipt must include all dates that are claimed. For instance, if your conference was for 3 days, then you can submit the claim for 5 days of accommodation and per diem.

For further information email JCAA.PSAC77000(at)

Carleton University Tuition Waiver

Article 13.05 of the Collective Agreement between Carleton University and PSAC 77000 provides for a tuition waiver for postdoctoral fellows employed at Carleton University for up to 0.5 credit courses at Carleton University per academic year. The academic year begins on September 1 of one calendar year and ends on August 31 of the following calendar year and is divided into three terms: Fall term (September–December), Winter term (January–April), and Summer term (May–August). The tuition waiver may be applied to courses at either graduate or undergraduate level.

To apply for the tuition waiver:

1) Choose a course you’d like to enroll in.

2) If you do not currently hold any kind of student status (most Postdoctoral Fellows do not have a student status, either full-time or part-time), then please contact the Registrar’s Office by email in order to (a) request a “Special Student” status and (b) inform them about the course which you wish to register for. Their contact information is listed at Note: There is a fee associated with this request.

3) After the Registrar’s Office approves your “Special Student” status, they will send you instructions on how to register for the course on Carleton Central.

4) Once you have registered for the course, check the amount due to be paid on Carleton Central. The tuition waiver ONLY covers the fee for a 0.5 credit course. You will have to pay other related university dues listed in your account balance out of pocket.

5) Download, print, and fill out the Postdoctoral Fellow Tuition Waiver form up to section C.

6) Bring the paper form to the Registrar’s Office at 300 Tory Building (open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) in order to obtain verification signature (section D) .

7) Submit the completed paper form in person to Human Resources, 507 Robertson Hall; or by email to PSAC 77000 members can reach out to Human Resources for assistance or queries regarding the tuition waiver program.


Important Notes:

Note that if you want to register in French language courses, you will be required to take the French Placement Test on Carleton Central.

For further information email JCAA.PSAC77000(at)