The Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars
The Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars / l’Association Canadienne des Stagiaires Postdoctoraux (CAPS/ACSP) is a not-for-profit organization that represents the interests of postdoctoral scholars (i.e., postdocs) working in Canada (regardless of citizenship or nationality) as well as Canadian citizens and permanent residents working as postdocs abroad – a group comprised of approximately 10,000 individuals whom CAPS/ACSP defines as “Canadian postdocs”.
The mandate of CAPS/ACSP is to improve the lives, training, and work experience of all Canadian postdocs. This mandate is guided by a vision of a strong community in which all Canadian postdocs are provided fair and reasonable compensation, benefits, rights, privileges, and protections, as well as a supportive social network and effective support, training, and career development opportunities.
CAPS/ACSP works to achieve this vision by:
a. Providing postdocs with information, resources, and support services to improve their wellbeing, training, labour conditions, and career development.
b. Acting as a collective voice for postdocs on issues relevant to postdoctoral policy and labour relations in Canada.
c. Collecting data from postdocs and external agencies for use in advocating for evidence-based reform in postdoctoral policy at the national, provincial, and institutional levels in Canada.
d. Providing platforms, tools, and meeting opportunities to facilitate communication among postdocs and maintain a healthy, supportive Canadian postdoctoral community.