Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

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Aiming to retain top-tier postdoctoral talent both nationally and internationally, Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded to students contributing to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career.

  • A total of 70 fellowships are awarded annually
  • The fellowships are granted for a tenure of 2 years, which means that there is a maximum of 140 active fellowships going on in any particular year
  • A taxable fellowship stipend of 70,000 CAD is awarded each year.
  • The fellowships are distributed equally among Canada’s three research agencies-
    • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
    • Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
    • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • The fellowship aims to:
    • Attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent
    • develop their leadership potential
    • position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow
  • The areas of research should be any one of
    • Health research
    • Natural sciences and/or engineering
    • Social sciences and/or humanities

The Banting Postgraduate Fellowships are granted for a tenure of 2 years, which means that there is a maximum of 140 active fellowships in any particular year, until and unless an awardee opts out. To be a fellow under the program, the applicants need to choose their desired host institution, that is, a university or college in Canada where the awardees will hold their fellowships and get their application endorsed by the appropriate authority of the particular institution.


Highlights

Scholarship Type N/A
Offered byGovernment bodies
OrganizationCanadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Application DeadlineN/A
No. of Scholarships70
Amount$52,637
RenewabilityOne Time Payment
International Students EligibleYes
Scholarship Website Linkhttps://banting.fellowships-bourses.gc.ca/en/home-accueil.html

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, applicants are required to confirm if the applicant and the host institution meet the criteria before applying.

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Citizenship
    • citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
    • International students
  • Location of the host institution
    • The host institution must be in Canada
  • Degree Completion Eligibility
    • Fulfilled all degree requirements for Ph.D., Ph.D. equivalent or health professional degree
    • Degree must be completed between September 15, 2016, and September 30, 2020, and before the start of their award
  • Host Institution Eligibility
    • Canadian universities
    • Foreign universities
    • Affiliated research hospitals, colleges and not-for-profit organizations
  • In some cases, the eligibility window may be extended by a maximum of 2 years like parental leave, illness, health-related family responsibilities, mandatory military service, and disruptions due to war, civil conflicts, and or natural disasters in the applicant’s area of residence.
  • The applicants can submit a maximum of one application per year
  • Applicant will be considered ineligible if he/she holds a previous Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applications that do not meet all of the eligibility criteria will be deemed ineligible. This fellowship is not intended for students (including Health Professionals) to complete a degree.


Application Process

Before beginning the application process for Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, applicants are advised to read the Application guide carefully. To apply, the applicant needs to go through the following steps:

  • Confirm eligibility
    • Applicant must make sure that they fulfill the eligibility for Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Contact the desired host institution
    • Must be an eligible host institution
    • Applicant must confirm the eligibility of the host institution
    • The host institution will provide students with two documents that are to be included in the ResearchNet
  • Register for Canadian Common CV (CCV) and ResearchNet accounts
    • CCV account- a web-based tool to generate CVs
    • ResearchNet Account- web-based application tool and database used by Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program
  • Create CCV (Vanier-Banting academic template) and link to ResearchNet
    • CCV required irrespective of the citizenship of the applicant
    • A confirmation number will be provided once the CCV is validated
    • Confirmation number is to be used in ResearchNet to link CCV to Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship application
  • Start a ResearchNet application
    • A list of tasks will be listed upon successful login that needs to be completed before submitting an application
  • Identify the area of research
    • Proposed Field of Research determines the assigned selection committee
    • The selection committee will be assigned based on the area of research. Applications relating to
      • health research will be channeled to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) selection committee
      • natural sciences and/or engineering to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) selection committee
      • social sciences and/or humanities will go to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) selection committee
  • Identify participants
    • Information such as applicant name, name of applicant’s institution at the time of application needs to be mentioned
    • Input confirmation number of CV
    • Attach documents such as
      • Significance of research contributions
      • Significance of leadership contributions
      • Fulfillment of degree requirements form
      • Special circumstances
  • Identify referees
    • Three referees required
    • Assessments submitted by referees must be in English or French
  • Enter degree information
    • Information regarding Ph.D., Ph.D. equivalent or health professional degree
  • Enter proposal information and supporting documents
    • Information regarding the research project needs to be submitted
    • Must include overview, details, descriptors or keywords and attachments
  • Preview application materials
    • Complete fellowship application must be reviewed
    • Any extra document or attachment will be removed prior to selection committee review
  • Consent and submit the application
    • Consent regarding the terms listed in ResearchNet must be provided
    • Applicants must click submit to send the application to Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program
    • On successful submission, an email will be sent entitled- “Successful Submission- Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program/ Soumission acceptée – Programme de bourses postdoctoral Banting."
  • Ensure attached documents meet presentation standards
    • All submitted documents must meet the standards provided
    • Failing which can lead to the application being deemed ineligible

All the above-required application documents must be submitted as a single PDF. Applicants must make sure to complete the carefully go through the details from the official website.


Selection Process

All the eligible Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships applications go through the review process by the selection committee. First of all, the applications are sorted and sent to the respective federal granting agencies.

  • Applications pertaining to health research will be sent to the (CIHR) selection committee
  • Applications related to natural sciences and/or engineering to the (NSERC) selection committee
  • Applications related to social sciences and/or humanities will be directed to the (SSHRC) selection committee.

The selection of a candidate is based on three equally weighted selection criteria:

  • Applicant's research excellence based on the previous records demonstrated research contribution to the target groups and leadership qualities in his/her respective domain.
  • Quality and potential of the applicant’s proposed research programs and the impact on the society the research program are likely to bestow if finished successfully.
  • Host institutions research-oriented environment and the relationship it holds with the applicant

Following approval from the selection committee, the Vanier- Banting Secretariat notifies the applicants of the results in February. A decision letter is posted to the respective ResearchNet account.


Grant Details

Awarded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships gives a huge boost to the competitive, knowledgeable, and motivated researchers to realize their full potential.

Basis of granting the awardResearch Excellence, Leadership, Quality, etc.
Number of Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships70
Application TimelineSeptember 2020
Result DateFebruary 2020
Tenure of FellowshipApril to October
Separate Application NeededYes
Award Value70,000 CAD
Citizenship EligibilityAll countries
Contact Emailsupport-soutien@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

The fellowship awarded is not a salary but a stipend to domestic as well as international applicants. The fellowship awards an amount of 70,000 CAD per year (taxable). No additional travel or research funds are awarded.

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