Information for Postdocs

The past few months have presented unprecedented challenges for all of us. This fall will look different than previous years, but our commitment to you remains the same.

Although we may not be physically together right now, community is as important as ever. I invite you to reach out to our office, your supervisors, and your peers, and to support one another.

As we continue to navigate the situation regarding COVID-19, we recognize that you may have questions and concerns. The information below was created to help address your questions. If you have additional questions or concerns please contact us at

start date

Please direct any questions about your Postdoctoral Fellowship appointment and/or start date to your supervisor or department administrator.

Reoccupancy & resumption of research

Re-occupancy and resumption plans are being handled by each faculty. Please contact your supervisor or department administrator for information about plans for your specific unit.

General information about re-occupancy & resumption plans can be found on the UBC COVID-19 website.

Information specific to UBC Okanagan can be found on the UBCO Finance and Operations website.

Immigration & relocation

Please contact the Housing and Relocation Services Office with any questions or concerns relating to your immigration status during the COVID-19 outbreak.


Currently, to travel to Canada despite travel restrictions, you must have two things: a valid document and proof that you are travelling for an ‘essential’ purpose.


Travellers to Canada exempt from travel restrictions must travel with a non-medical mask or face covering if arriving by air and must isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Canada. Furthermore, the British Columbia (BC) government legally requires all travellers to submit a detailed self-isolation plan.

You are responsible for arranging your own self-isolation plan. UBC has accommodation options available for students, postdocs, and staff for the 14-day self-isolation period. See UBC Housing’s self-isolation accommodations options.

To better support postdocs and others with teaching remotely, UBC has created a Keep Teaching website that offers resources and support to help you develop your own strategies for meeting the needs of your courses online. The website also has guidance on how to prepare to offer lectures, group work and discussion, assignments and assessments online.

The Center for Teaching and Learning has additional resources.


British Columbia Centre for Disease Control

World Health Organization

Public Health Agency of Canada

Government of Canada Travel

medical services plan (msp) response to COVID-19

The Government of British Columbia has announced temporary changes to aspects of the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please refer to the Government of BC website for detailed information about MSP coverage.

employee family assistant program (efap)

We want to remind you of the resources available to currently-appointed UBC Postdoctoral Fellows through the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). This confidential and voluntary counselling support service, provided through Morneau Shepell, is available in multiple languages and formats, and counsellors can help with a range of issues including stress, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. The Morneau Shepell Care Access Centre is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-387-4765 or through

With the support of the College of Graduate Studies, a group of volunteer PDFs are working together to establish a Postdoctoral Fellows Association at UBC Okanagan. The PDF Association is focused on enhancing the PDF experience through community building, social events, and professional development opportunities.

The UBCO Postdoctoral Association (PDA), which intends to represent all postdocs across UBC-Okanagan, is currently running elections for the board executive. If you have any questions or have an interest in joining the executive council please contact the PDA.