William T. Tutte Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computer Science Position

Applications are invited for a William T. Tutte Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computer Science position.

The William T. Tutte Postdoctoral Fellowships program intends to attract high-calibre scholars to conduct research in Applied Mathematics, Combinatorics and Optimization, Computer Science, Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science or any related fields. One fellowship per year will be awarded to a scholar who conducts research in Computer Science with the potential to transform their field of research.

The fellowship is valued at a minimum guaranteed $75,000 plus benefits per year for up to two years. A research stipend of $15,000 per year for up to two years is also awarded to the recipient. Teaching is not required but can be arranged if desired at the Sessional Lecturer rate of $10,000 per course section. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024; however, an alternate start date may be negotiated.


  • Open to citizens of any country
  • Must conduct research in any field of Computer Science
  • Must have completed a PhD no earlier than three years prior to the start date of the appointment; the window of eligibility can be extended by a cumulative maximum of two years if the applicant had their career interrupted due to parental leave, illness of a family member or oneself, and/or any other critical life events (e.g., war, natural disasters, etc.)
  • At the time of application submission, the applicant must not hold a postdoctoral position or be employed at the University of Waterloo.


Fellowship recipients must:

  • complete their research at the University of Waterloo in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Faculty of Mathematics
  • submit a maximum 300-word progress report, at least four weeks before the start of the second year, outlining completed research activities in the first year and proposed research activities for the second year
  • submit a maximum 500-word final report, at least two weeks before their completion date, outlining their research activities during the tenure of the fellowship.

Application Process

The application package must include the following:

  • research statement or research proposal, including objectives of the research project(s), brief methodology, novelty and significance of the proposed research, and broader impacts
  • curriculum vitae
  • three letters of reference
  • letter of support from the Cheriton School of Computer Science faculty supervisor.

Applications should be sent to the Assistant to the Director of the School, Tracy Dietrich, at tdietrich@uwaterloo.ca. The deadline for receiving applications is April 30, 2024.

The David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science is the largest computer science school in Canada, with 114 faculty members. It enjoys an excellent reputation in theoretical and applied research and houses a diverse research program of international stature. Because of its recognized capabilities, the School attracts exceptionally well-qualified students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. 

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