The Faculty of Engineering at Université de Sherbrooke has created a competition that fits perfectly with its bold and creative mission. Female doctoral candidates and young doctoral graduates can now participate in the Claire-Deschênes Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition.

The goal of the Claire-Deschênes Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition is to promote postdoctoral training for women who will also be offered a professorship position in engineering at Université de Sherbrooke.

Submit your application and you could be awarded one of the four Phase 2 postdoctoral fellowships ($ 40,000/year, up to 2 years) each attached to a professorship at the Université de Sherbrooke.

In total, eight scholarships will have been awarded. Four were awarded during phase 1 of the Competition.

One fellowship per area:
  • building engineering
  • chemical engineering
  • computer engineering
  • robotics engineering

Four scholarships have already been awarded in the following fields:

  • biotechnological engineering
  • civil engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • mechanical engineering

The Competition was named in honour of Claire Deschênes, who received an honorary doctorate in engineering from Université de Sherbrooke on September 21, 2019. Claire Deschênes has enjoyed a solid academic career at Université Laval.


This competition is open to all women wishing to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in order to pursue a career as a professor of engineering at Université de Sherbrooke.

It is important to remember that Université de Sherbrooke is a Francophone university, which means that candidates must be proficient in French or commit to learning it.

At the time of their application, women who are registered in a doctoral program and who have successfully completed their comprehensive doctoral examination are eligible. Women who have completed their doctoral studies within the last two years are also eligible. The doctoral and postdoctoral studies of a candidate must be done at a different institution.

In accordance with the diversity and equity objectives, career interruptions for parental, medical, and family leave are taken into account in assessing the applications. Candidates are encouraged to identify such periods in their curriculum vitae or cover letter.

If the candidate does not hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residence, certain immigration documents may be required.

Competition dates

The eight fellowships will be awarded in two rounds of four fellowships.

The first round is currently over and has made it possible to award four scholarships to four candidates in the following fields: biotechnological engineering – civil engineering – electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. For the second round, full applications must be received by February 1, 2021.

Interviews for the four round 2 scholarships will take place in spring 2021.

Desired profile

The candidates are expected to:

  • have a strong interest in and a good aptitude for teaching, university pedagogy, as well as research, development and innovation;
  • demonstrate skills in creating and maintaining good interpersonal relationships and have good collaboration and teamwork skills;
  • demonstrate leadership, initiative and an excellent ability to communicate and interact effectively and positively with internal and external partners.

Fellowship duration

Université de Sherbrooke will commit to financially supporting each recipient’s postdoctoral fellowship for a period of up to two years. The conditions for the fellowship amount intend to ensure that each recipient will have at least $40,000 per year to complete the postdoctoral fellowship.

Other funding sources

Each recipient must agree to apply to fellowship competitions from external organizations during the first valid year of the postdoctoral fellowship, unless no program is available. The recipient shall agree to immediately notify Université de Sherbrooke if she is awarded an external fellowship. In this case, the fellow must return 75% of the unused fellowship if the total annual support is $40,000 or more.

If a fellowship recipient receives another form of financial assistance for her postdoctoral fellowship, she may keep this assistance and retain 25% of the Claire-Deschênes Postdoctoral Fellowship, or more to ensure that the fellow’s total annual support is at least $40,000.


Each application must include the following documents:

  • a curriculum vitae of the candidate;
  • official university transcripts;
  • a cover letter;
  • a postdoctoral research plan (planned or ongoing);
  • reprints of relevant refereed papers confirming recent authorship or coauthorship;
  • two letters of recommendation must be provided directly from referees;
  • a checklist, with each item verified and checked off

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Incomplete applications will not be considered