New APF logo!

The APF (Association of Postdoctoral Fellows) was looking for a new visual identity, launched a logo contest, and voted on a winner. So, we’re introducing our new logo on the website…








Hope you like it as much as we do. Going forward, we will try to integrate our logo in all of our events and correspondences so that it’s a recognizable “stamp” of our association and all McGill postdocs.

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Career Event – A Panel Discussion with New Faculty (May 18th)

Hello McGill Postdocs!
McGill’s Association of Postdoctoral Fellows (APF) invites you to join us for a Career Event on Wed May 18th, 2016 (6-7:30PM) called “A Panel Discussion with New Faculty” in the basement of the Thompson House.
This will be a moderated Q&A discussion that will provide postdocs with the opportunity to ask new faculty members about their trajectory/obstacles/unexpected adventures …

Our panelists include:
Dr. Michael Hendricks (Biology;
Dr. Cecily Raynor (Languages, Literatures and Cultures;
Dr. Gilles Gouspillou (Des Sciences de l’Activité Physique;
Dr. Daryl Haggard (Physics;
Dr. Sarah Moser (Geography;

As per usual, food/non-alcoholic beverages will be provided, and bar staff will be available for those who want to purchase drinks.
This will be our final event prior to the Fall 2016 semester!
Please register for the event using the link below as space is limited, and we expect a great turnout for this event!

-APF Executive

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Survey Time! (available until April 29th)

Survey Time – Please take the survey, as it is incredibly important to helping advocate for postdocs across all of Canada!

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2016 Survey Invitation:

Good Day,

The Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS-ACSP), with support from the Tri-councils (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC), is conducting a national survey of Canadian postdoctoral scholars. If you are a postdoctoral scholar who is associated with a Canadian institution, receiving funding from within Canada, a Canadian working aboard or a former postdoctoral scholar that then you are a member of CAPS-ACSP and your views are incredibly important to us.

The survey requires about 20 minutes of your time, and will explore your experiences and perceptions of your postdoctoral training. We hope that you will take the time to complete the survey. It truly is your opportunity to have your voice heard. The survey will be available until April 29thResponses from the survey will be kept anonymous and confidential. Click on the following link to get started:

Click here to begin the survey

If the above link does not work, please copy and paste the URL below into your browser:


CAPS-ACSP conducted its second national survey in 2013. The results of that survey provided, at the time, a comprehensive picture of Canadian postdoctoral scholars: their experiences, their aspirations, and who they were. The final report discussing the survey can be found here, results have guided our efforts to advocate on behalf of Canadian postdoctoral scholars over the past three years. However, the past three years have also seen a number of significant changes for postdoctoral scholars in Canada and so it is time again for us to ask you about your experiences. We will be using the information we gain from this survey to guide us as we work hard to improve the Canadian postdoctoral experience.

To reach a wide audience, the survey is being distributed in a number of different ways. Our sincere apologies if you have already received an invitation to participate in this study. Please only complete the survey once.

If you experience any technical issues, or have any questions about the survey please contact


Nafisa M. Jadavji, PhD

Chair – 2016 Survey Committee
Vice Chair External – Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars
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We are the Association of Postdoctoral Fellows of McGill. We are postdocs, and represent the 650+ current PDFs at McGill, and the over 1000+ PDFs that pass through McGill every year.

APF Mission:

We aim to address the issues that postdocs face at McGill, as well as nationally and internationally. Whilst all postdocs are part of the PGSS, we face some fundamentally different challenges – definition of our status, taxation, and career development, to name but a few. Our aim is to keep McGill postdocs informed of relevant information, in addition to advocacy work and acting as a voice of PDFs within the McGill community, and at large.


A postdoc position is a busy and critical stage of our career, and so the running of the APF needs to be spread amongst a number of people. We’re working to keep the website up to date, and make sure PDF representatives sit on designated committees within the university. There’s also plenty to be done in terms of events, sharing information and expertise, and career development opportunities. If you’d like to get involved – please contact an executive member! We also have an email address. We’d love to hear from you!

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