Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Available For Canadians And International Students

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Available For Canadians And International Students


The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2022/2023 is now accepting applications. The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship program funds the brightest postdoctoral national and international candidates who will positively contribute to Canada’s economic, social, and research-based development. The application deadline for this scholarship is September 21, 2022.

Scholarship Benefit

  • The fellowship is worth $70,000 (taxable) every year. There are no extra funds available for travel or study.

Eligibility Of applicants For The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

Citizenship And Location Of Host Institution

Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and foreign nationals who satisfy the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Non-Canadian nationals and permanent residents may only hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution.
  • Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have a PhD, PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree from a foreign university may only hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship in a Canadian institution.
  • Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents with a PhD, PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree from a Canadian university may hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship in either a Canadian or an international institution.

Eligibility Window For Degree Completion

Applicants for the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program in 2022-23 must have or have met all degree criteria for a PhD, PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree. The eligibility window only applies to the most recent PhD, PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree earned by candidates who have completed more than one.

  • Between September 15, 2019, and September 30, 2023, and before the commencement date of their award.
  • Applicants who have not completed all degree requirements at admission must produce evidence by October 15, 2023.


Allowable Eligibility Window Extensions

  • Suppose the applicant’s career was disrupted due to extenuating circumstances such as parental leave, illness, health-related family responsibilities, mandatory military service, disruptions due to war, civil conflicts, and/or natural disasters in the country of residence, socio-economic reasons/lack of research opportunities, pandemic-related reasons, etc. In that case, the eligibility window could be extended by a maximum of three years. It will only be prolonged for the length of the eligible delay(s)/interruption (s).
  • The term “career interruption” refers to when the candidate was not working (full-time or part-time) and their research output was fully disrupted.
  • Furthermore, the eligibility window for health professionals who have completed post-degree non-research-related clinical training (e.g. residency) might be extended by this training period.
  • Other professions that need post-degree, non-research-related training to be accredited by a professional organization may visit the Vanier-Banting Secretariat to see whether an eligibility window extension is possible.
  • Interruptions utilized to prolong the eligibility window for degree completion must have happened after your degree prerequisites were completed and before the application submission deadline.
  • The Special circumstances attachment must justify. “Fulfilled all degree requirements” refers to the date the candidate completed all the processes necessary to acquire their degree. These requirements may vary depending on the institution and degree type, but they usually involve thesis defense revisions and deposition. It should be noted that convocation is not a degree requirement.

Other Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants who currently hold or have held postdoctoral agency-specific awards (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) are eligible to apply to the 2022-23 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program only if the term of that funding officially ends on or before September 30, 2023, and prior to the start of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. It is not authorized to terminate the agency-specific postdoctoral fellowship early in order to apply to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program.
  • Applicants may apply for both the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program and other agency-specific postdoctoral fellowship programs (whether to the same or a different federal granting agency) at the same time, as long as the research proposed in each application is within the mandate of the federal granting agency to which the application is submitted. Applicants who are successful in both contests must pick which reward they will take.
  • Applicants cannot be on leave from a tenure-track or tenured academic job, nor may they be on leave from one. “Tenure or tenure-track” often refers to an open-ended academic job in which the holder may create a research group, apply for externally supported research as a principal investigator, and teach.
  • Only in exceptional circumstances may a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship be offered to an applicant who will continue to work at the same institution or research setting where they obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree. Suppose an applicant wishes to apply in collaboration with the same institution (or its affiliated hospitals, research centers, and other laboratories) or within the same research environment where they received their PhD, PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree. In that case, the Special circumstances attachment must provide a strong justification. Scientific reasons (e.g., availability of specialized equipment/infrastructure or expertise), family reasons (e.g., family obligations), health reasons (e.g., proximity to health care facilities), applicants conducting research with Indigenous communities, and/or reasons related to community or cultural responsibilities are examples of valid justifications.
  • Applicants to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program may submit only one application every competition year.

Without Exception Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Are exclusively available at the institution that sponsored the initial application for the program.
  • Applicants must begin no sooner than April 1 and end no later than October 1 of the year of application.
  • Are valid for two years;
  • It cannot be used in conjunction with another tri-agency training award; and
  • may only be obtained once in a lifetime

How To Apply For The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Confirm that you satisfy the qualifying requirements for the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program. Applications that do not satisfy all of the qualifying requirements will be rejected.
  • Applicants must contact institutions/supervisors they believe would be a suitable match for them and their research, as well as check that the selected institution is qualified to host a Banting postdoctoral researcher. Those wanting to be hosted at a Canadian university may find a list of Canadian academic institutions and their research topics on the Universities Canada website. It is the applicants’ responsibility to make these relationships. On their websites, several universities include a page devoted to this initiative.
  • Applicants already connected with the prospective host institution must justify their continued participation in the same research environment.
  • Applicants must be supported by the school’s president (equivalent or designated).
  • Many schools have internal deadlines for selecting the most deserving candidates for endorsement. The institution sets these dates so that the relevant representative(s) may assess all applications and choose the applicants who will be endorsed. It is the applicant’s entire obligation to guarantee that all deadlines are fulfilled.
  • Applicants are responsible for providing the papers required for their prospective institution and references to draft their individual letters. The application and its attachments are not accessible to referees or host universities through ResearchNet.
  • Create a Common Canadian CV (CCV) and a ResearchNet account, and fill out the Self-Identification Questionnaire for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
  • You must construct a Vanier-Banting academic CCV and connect it to your ResearchNet application on the Canadian Common CV (CCV) website.
  • The ResearchNet login page will appear once you run an application in ResearchNet. Logging in with your ResearchNet account will take you to the main Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships application menu. This menu contains a list of actions that must be performed before you can submit your application. The sections below give instructions on how to execute these activities.
  • You should only submit one application for Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships. Log in to your ResearchNet account if you have already begun an application. Your Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships application may be found under the Applications section on the Current Activities page. You will be sent to the main list of Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships application duties by clicking on it.
  • Identify area of research.
  • Identify participants
  • Upload your attachment of significance of research contributions (Max 1 page)
  • Upload your attachment of significance of leadership contributions (Max 1 page)
  • Upload your attachment of  fulfillment of degree requirements form (Max 1 page)
  • Attach a Special circumstance (Max 1 page)
  • Upload your attachment of  Special circumstances (Max 1 page)
  • Identify referees
  • Enter degree information
  • Enter proposal information and supporting documents
  • Research proposal.
  • Upload your attachment of bibliography
  • Upload your attachment of  institutional letter of endorsement – to be completed by the host institution.
  • Upload your attachment of the supervisor’s statement – to be completed by the proposed supervisor.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Competitive Is Banting Fellowship?

The Banting fellowship is a highly competitive program with a limited number of BPDFs awarded each year (the success rate in the 2020 competition was around 10%), universities strategically implemented internal peer review processes to review and facilitate the submission of the strongest applicants to the Banting Program.

What Is A Banting Scholarship?

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program funds the top Canadian and foreign postdoctoral candidates who will positively contribute to Canada’s economic, social, and scientific progress.

How Much A Postdoc Earns In Canada?


In Canada, the average postdoc pay is $60,000 per year or $30.77 per hour. Starting salaries for entry-level employment start at $50,000 per year, with most experienced professionals earning up to $65,585 per year.

Is A Postdoc Considered A Job In Canada?

Yes. The Canadian federal government considers postdoctoral salaries/stipends taxable employment income.

What Is A Postdoc Degree?

A postdoc is a doctorate degree holder (PhD, MD, DDS, or the equivalent) who is engaged in a brief term of supervised research and/or academic training in order to acquire the professional skills required to follow a career path of his or her choice.


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