Postdoctoral Supports and Professional Development

Your best interest is ours too. That’s why we have a wide variety of services to provide you with the support you need to be successful.

Postdoctoral-specific supports

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (PDA) is responsible for coordinating postdoctoral affairs on campus.

Contact PDA if you have questions about campus or for more information on the appointment/extension process.


University of Lethbridge Postdoctoral Fellows Association (ULPA)

The ULPA represents postdoctoral fellows (PDFs) on the University of Lethbridge campus. Working closely with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, the executive council meets monthly, allowing members to discuss concerns and brainstorm ideas to create positive changes and outcomes.

Membership to ULPA is automatic for all current postdocs on campus. The association is able to put new postdocs in touch with members of the research community across all departments, representing a powerful network for sharing knowledge, creating connections, and raising your profile.

Visit the ULPA website


Professional Development 

The Professional Development for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows is an initiative by the University of Lethbridge to provide professional development opportunities to support career success. Professional Development offers opportunities in three main skill sets – teaching, research, and professional and career development.

Visit Professional Development website

Teaching Centre

The Teaching Centre offers workshops for postdoctoral fellows on topics such as lesson planning, assessment of student learning, learning styles, classroom management, questioning strategies, professional relations with students and self-assessment.

Visit Teaching Centre website

Continuing Education

The Continuing Education Centre offers workshops for postdoctoral fellows on a range of topics to expand upon the knowledge you currently have. 

Visit Continuing Education website


The Elevate Training portfolio is an exclusive professional development curriculum that prepares Elevate fellows for success as leaders in research and industry.  The Elevate Training curriculum is unique and informed by both experienced consultation groups and the Mitacs national community of academic researchers.

Visit Mitacs website

CIHR Individual Development Plans

Individual Development Plans have been shown to increase career success, these plans help to incorporate your personal values, strengths, skills, experiences and help you identify any skill gaps. 

Visit CIHR Individual Development Plans website

Campus services


Off-Campus Housing website posts local accommodations.

The U of L Lux Hotel offers short-term hotel service accommodations from May-August.

Health & wellness services

Take care of your mental and physical health with various services available on campus. Please note that you may be able to access the ULeth Health Centre on a discretionary basis, should they have the capacity; however, student appointments will be prioritized before staff.


Security services

Security services provides a Safe Walk program and a Working Alone program to enhance the personal safety of everyone working in the evening or outside normal working hours.

Be sure to add their emergency contact number to your cell phone - 403-329-2345!