The Institute for Particle Physics (IPP) is committed to supporting excellence in theoretical particle physics in Canada. To this end IPP is funding a national Theory Fellowship Program which provides partial support for postdoctoral fellows working in theoretical particle physics (or closely related fields) at Canadian universities or major research institutions. The goal of this program is to attract the highest-quality postdoctoral candidates to Canada. Fellowships may be offered to either new or continuing postdocs.
The responsibility for identifying and nominating potential IPP Theory Fellows who will work at a given university lies with the faculty at that university. Only faculty working in theoretical particle physics or closely related fields at Canadian universities or major research institutions, who are IPP members in good standing, may submit nominations. "Particle Physics" in this context should be interpreted broadly, including both formal and phenomenological areas of current high-energy research.
These fellowships are valued at $20k (Canadian funds) per year, for two years, with the remainder of the Fellow's salary being paid by other sources. Since the intent is to attract and/or retain highly qualified candidates, host institutions are encouraged to use these funds to offer a competitive salary that is significantly higher than that for a regular postdoctoral hire.
IPP ran a pilot programmes in 2006 (jointly funded by the IPP and Perimeter Institute) and full programmes in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Unfortunately, funding cuts have rendered it impossible to operate this programme in 2014.