Climate Positive Energy is currently inviting applications for the Rising Stars in Sustainability Postdoctoral Fellowship, supporting multi-disciplinary research in sustainable energy research.

Post date: March 20, 2023

Closing date: April 10, 2023


These fellowships are intended to fund world-class research in multi-disciplinary sustainable energy research and attract distinguished early career researchers to the University of Toronto. Climate Positive Energy aims to support research developing social, scientific, technical, economic and policy solutions that support that support Canada and the world in achieving an equitable energy transition toward net zero 2050 goals. 


Postdoctoral fellows will be supported with a minimum of $50,000 in salary support for 12 months. Recipients will be part of a growing network of Climate Positive Energy graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with dedicated programming and career and professional development activities.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement. Supervisor and academic unit of the postdoctoral fellow will be determined upon hiring and depends on the sponsoring faculty member. The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow (pro-rated for those holding a partial appointment) recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work.


Applicants must be eligible to be a postdoc under U of T guidelines, including:

  • Have a commitment from a U of T faculty member confirming they will host them as a postdoctoral fellow, or be already holding a fellowship at U of T
  • Hold a PhD at the time that the fellowship will begin
  • Not hold concurrently another major fellowship
  • Not hold a faculty position or be on leave from such a position

The award is open to both domestic and international candidates. Successful international candidates must meet all Canadian immigration requirements. Fellowships must begin by December 1, 2023.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

Research Themes

Climate Positive Energy invites research related to one of the following themes:

  • Just Transitions

Research in this theme focuses on investigating best pathways to climate positive energy systems and ensuring equitable access to clean energy. This may include but not limited to mitigating consequences of clean energy production, and understanding how social, environmental, and indigenous justice can be put at the forefront of climate positive energy transitions, and investigating health and wellness co-benefits of sustainable infrastructure.

  • Carbon

Research in this theme focuses on decarbonizing energy systems, with focus on the toughest emissions. This may include but not limited to expanding renewable energy, improving energy efficiency, and reducing energy demands. Research under this theme may involve developing improved energy storage and energy generation systems, electrification, efficiency, investigating infrastructure-embodied carbon and building solutions, and designing smart and resilient energy grids, and carbon capture and sequestration technologies.

  • Measurements, Modelling and Markets

Research in this theme aims to understand the impacts of technology and policy, create powerful models, and understand market-based pathways. This broad theme may include climate scenario modelling, emissions measurement strategies, investigating the effectiveness of ESG policies, and understanding the implications of potential energy projects and policies.

Application Procedure

Please apply via the online portal here.

The application should consist of PDF files containing the following required components. All components should be submitted by 11:59pm (EST) on April 10, 2023. Please direct any questions to

1. Research proposal [750 words max, 1 figure, 5 references max]
Describe the proposed research and how it is relevant to the Climate Positive Energy goals. The proposal should include the following sections: background, research objectives and work plan. Identify which area(s) the research impacts: the university, city, or country/world. Identify how the work will integrate multidisciplinary perspectives.

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Cover letter
Please provide a cover letter describing academic trajectory thus far and future research and career aspirations.

4. Two letters of recommendation (not from the sponsoring faculty member), and a simple 1-line confirmation of support for the application from the sponsoring faculty member.  

Criteria for Selection

Applications will be evaluated on these criteria:

  • Relevance of the research to Climate Positive Energy research themes and mission
  • Quality of the proposed research, i.e., level of innovation, feasibility, and significance.
  • Applicant qualifications, cover letter and academic excellence.

The University of Toronto and Climate Positive Energy are strongly committed to diversity within our community, and we welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.