The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides support to competitive and promising postdoctoral applicants continuing their research careers. Research areas funded by the program include the behavioral and social sciences and humanities, health research, and natural sciences and engineering. Fellowship awards are provided by the main three science agencies in Canada: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).
A full list of 2019-20 fellows, as well as information on accepted applications per agency, can be found here.
70 fellowships are awarded annually, with 140 active awards at any given time. Recipients receive $70,000 per year for 2 years.
Eligible applicants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, or foreign citizens. Foreign scientists and Canadian residents must propose basing their fellowship at a Canadian host institution; Canadian citizens may have a broader choice of institutions, depending on their educational history.
Applicants for the Banting Fellowship must apply in collaboration with their proposed host institution.
Applications are due October 1, 2020. A full timeline of review and notifications can be found on the fellowship information page. The fellowship administrators warn that many institutions have their own internal deadlines which may be in advance of the October 1 agency deadline. Host institution’s deadlines can fall anytime between June – September 2020.
“We recommend that applicants contact the institution’s department in charge of postdoctoral affairs as soon as possible to begin [the application] process,” the fellowship recommends.
Ready to apply? A step by step application guide can be found here.