Charles H. Best Postdoctoral Fellowship

What do you expect from a postdoc experience?

If you are a driven graduate wishing to tackle big questions in biology in a leading interdisciplinary institute, then the Charles H. Best Fellowship is for you.

Donnelly Centre researchers always seek new ways to explore global gene regulation and signal transduction using systems biology approaches, including functional genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and computational biology, in order to understand genetics of disease.

Our ideal candidate is a highly qualified graduate (2 years or less post PhD) in the fields of molecular biology, genetics or genomics. Candidates should send their application to one or two primary faculty members in the Donnelly Centre whose research interests match their own.

Participating faculty are:

Brenda AndrewsGary BaderBenjamin Blencowe Charles Boone, Andrew Fraser, Jack GreenblattTimothy Hughes, Philip KimHenry KrauseJason Moffat, Rafael Montenegro-Burke, Hannes RöstFrederick RothWilliam Ryu,   Sachdev SidhuMikko Taipale  and  Zhaolei Zhang.


Dr. Charles H. BestDr. Charles H. Best whose co-discovery of insulin in 1921 made life with diabetes possible (Photo byU of T)

Award value:

The successful applicant will receive a generous stipend for up to two years.

Application requirements:

Once the candidate has arranged sponsorship with a Donnelly faculty member, the applicant must send the faculty member the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • One page statement of research interests
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of reference to their sponsoring faculty mentor.


The deadline for applications is  August 10, 2021.

Questions about this award may be sent to: Include "Charles H. Best Fellowship" in the e-mail title.

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Learn more about former Charles H. Best Fellows

The award was established in 2001 as a tribute to Dr. Charles H. Best who, along with Dr. Frederick Banting, co-discovered insulin at the University of Toronto in 1921. Best went on to head the Banting and Best Department of Medical Research, the oldest medical research institution in Canada.