The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is open for applications to outstanding postdoctoral research students from around the globe. This program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country’s economic, social, and research-based growth to study in Canada or abroad.
The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is to:
- attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally
- develop their leadership potential
- position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow
Up to 70 fellowships are awarded annually and approximately 140 awards are active at any time. Fellowships are therefore distributed equally among:
- the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
- the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
- the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is very unique in its emphasis on the synergy between:
the applicant – their individual merit and potential to launch a successful research-intensive career; and the host institution – their commitment to the research program and alignment with the institution’s strategic priorities. An applicant to the Banting Fellowships program must therefore complete their application in full collaboration with the proposed host institution.
Fellows receive up to $70,000 per year for their research fellowship.
2 years (non-renewable)
- Canadian universities.
- Foreign universities.
- Affiliated research hospitals, colleges and not-for-profit organizations.
Eligibility Criteria | Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
- Applicants should confirm that they and their proposed host institution meet the criteria below before they apply for a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.
- Applications that do not meet all of the eligibility criteria will be deemed ineligible.
- The Banting fellowship is not intended for students (including Health Professionals) to complete a degree.
Citizenship and location of host institution
Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to apply, provided they meet the following conditions:
- Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada may only hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution.
- Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree from a foreign university may only hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution.
- Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree from a Canadian university may hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at either a Canadian institution or an institution outside of Canada.
Eligibility window for degree completion
- Applicants to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree before the start date of their award.
- Applicants who have not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time of application must submit proof no later than October 15, in the award year.
- For applicants who have completed more than one PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree, the eligibility window applies to the most recent of these degrees.
- Please check up on the application page other Specific eligibility Restrictions before you apply.
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- Application Window: Usually April to September. Applicants seek endorsement from host institution to apply, prepare and submit application (institutions may have internal deadlines). Applications close September 21, yearly.
- Applications must be prepared and submitted by applicants. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete, which includes ensuring that all host institution documents and referee assessments have been submitted.
- Applicants for the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships should read the Selection committee guide prior to commencing their application. This guide lists the three evaluation criteria and has useful information on how the criteria are evaluated.
- Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships selection committees are multidisciplinary, and applications should therefore be written with a non-specialist research audience in mind.
- You must also review the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion page before beginning the preparation of an application.
Individual application documents can be submitted in either English or French following these steps:
- Confirm eligibility
- Contact your desired host institution/supervisor
- Register for Canadian Common CV (CCV) account, ResearchNet account, and complete the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Self-Identification Questionnaire
- Create CCV (Vanier-Banting academic template) and link to ResearchNet application
- Start a ResearchNet application
- Identify area of research
- Identify participants
- Identify referees
- Enter degree information
- Enter proposal information and supporting documents
- Preview application materials
- Consent and submit application
- Ensure attached documents meet presentation standards