The Post Doctoral Support Fund was won during bargaining between CUPE 3906 and McMaster University.  The purpose of the fund is to cover one-time, unanticipated, and/or emergency expense that are causing financial hardship to post-doctoral fellows.

Unit 3 members are eligible to apply to the Postdoctoral Fellow Support Fund to address areas of financial need. The fund is currently limited to a maximum of $500 a person, and is administered through the School of Graduate Studies.

We have been following up on those cases involving members who have incurred UHIP expenses due to delays in renewing work permits, and we are pleased to inform that this concern is largely resolved.  Although we are not in a position to speed up/alter the CIC processing time, we were able to secure an arrangement by which affected members are able to submit their UHIP payment as an expense for refund through the PDF Support Fund. To be eligible, you need to demonstrate that you applied for OHIP coverage in a timely manner, but due to processing delays you had to pay to enroll to UHIP.

More specific details about the eligibility, process and requirements to apply for this fund is laid out in the documents found at the link below.

For Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.

For more information about the fund application process and for a link to the application form, please visit: