Status-Only Academic Appointments (Non MD)


Status‐only University appointees are employed outside of the University, usually by an affiliated institution and normally receive no remuneration from the University of Toronto.  Such appointments are made to allow an individual faculty member to participate more fully in a University Department’s teaching or research program. Status‐only (Non-MD) appointments do not fall under the Faculty of Medicine Clinical Faculty Policy as they are held by faculty members who do not hold a Medical Degree. Individuals being considered for a status‐only (Non-MD) appointment normally hold full‐time employment arrangements with another institution with a job description that is primarily academic (research and teaching) in nature. For further details, please refer to the Academic Administrative Procedures Manual.

There are two streams of status-only appointees:

  • Independent Scientists (PhD Scientists)
    • What constitutes scientific independence? Scientific independence is demonstrated by having the academic freedom to pursue independent scholarly activity. Within this context, independent scientists will have the capacity to develop independent lines of scientific inquiry and an independent program of research. This scientific independence may be evidenced by the following indicators: appointment title i.e. Scientist, Adjunct Scientist, Affiliate Scientist, or equivalent; duration of appointment (minimum 3-year term); protected time for research; direct report to most senior leader of research in the institution; independent access to research infrastructure (office, laboratory, computer network); capacity for independent supervision of trainees and staff.
  • Non-PhD Scientists who have regular and ongoing involvement in the teaching and evaluation of our Department’s learners

Ranks – Status-Only (Non-MD)

  • Lecturer 

  • Assistant Professor – Initial appointment at this rank requires the successful completion of a doctoral program or other equivalent scholarly or professional work

    • PhD scientists must show evidence of scholarly productivity. Scholarship would often include a post-doctoral fellowship and should include first-authored peer-reviewed publications.

    • Individual in health care settings who have completed a Master’s level program will be considered for Assistant Professor where there is clear documented evidence of a strong record of scholarly achievement and/or creative professional activity

    • See FAAC manual for detailed criteria

  • Associate Professor or Professor – see detailed criteria in the Manual for Academic Promotion


Additional Resources

Checklist for Re-appointments of Status-only Faculty

Questions? Contact

Application Process (Status-Only)

Applications can be submitted using the Non-MD Application Form.

Please attach all required documents with your application form:

  1. Curriculum Vitae – please use WebCV format, paying particular attention to the formatting of the Publications section.
  2. Statement of Research or Teaching
  3. Letter from Primary Employer
    • If the candidate is a PhD scientist, this letter must come from the appropriate individual at the institution where the scientist is employed, usually the VP of Research. The letter must state that the hospital or institution will provide salary and lab facilities for the duration of the academic appointment.
  4. Department of Psychiatry Status-Only Checklist - this should be filled out and signed by the Primary Employer
  5. Support letter from Department of Psychiatry Division Director – contact details to make the request can be found here
  6. Minimum 2 additional reference letters – can come from internal (U of T) or external referees