Fully Funded Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships for Canadian and International Students

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program offers funds to the top postdoctoral candidates from around the world who will significantly advance the nation’s social, economic, and scientific advancement.

Host CountryCanada
Host InstituteVarious Institutes in Canada
Scholarship Value$70,000/year ($140,000 in total)
Eligible NationalityCanadian and International
No. of Scholarship70
Duration2 Year
Deadline17 September 2024 (20:00 EDT)
Fully Funded Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships for Canadian and International Students

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) jointly administer the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program, which is funded by the Canadian government.

Fully Funded Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships for Canadian and International Students
Fully Funded Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships for Canadian and International Students


A prestigious and fiercely competitive fellowship program, the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program seeks to draw and keep the best postdoctoral talent from all over the world. The development of postdoctoral talent’s leadership potential and positioning them for success as future research leaders on a national and international level.


For postdoctoral researchers looking to advance their research and leadership capabilities in Canada, the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship program is regarded as an excellent opportunity. The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program offers fellows $70,000/year in funding over the course of two years, and they are free to conduct their research at any university or affiliated research facility in Canada.

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Applicant Eligibility

Citizenship and the host institution’s location

  • Foreign nationals, Canadian citizens, and permanent residents of Canada are all eligible to apply.
  • The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship may only be held at a Canadian institution by candidates who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and who earned their PhD, PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree from a foreign university.
  • Candidates who hold a PhD, PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree from a Canadian university and who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada may hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at either a Canadian institution or an institution outside of Canada.

The window of eligibility for degree completion

All requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree must be met or have been met for applicants to the 2024–25 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program:

  • before the start date of their award,
  • between September 15, 2021, and September 30, 2025 (inclusive).

Applicants who at the time of application have not completed all requirements for their degree must provide proof by October 15, 2025.

The eligibility window only applies to the most recent PhD, PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree for applicants who have earned more than one of these degrees.

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Eligibility of the host institution

  • Universities in Canada and abroad, affiliated research hospitals, colleges, and not-for-profit organizations with a strong research mandate and capacity are among the organizations that are eligible to host a Banting postdoctoral researcher.
  • All for-profit organizations and all levels of government in Canada are ineligible to serve as host institutions.

Long before the submission deadline, inquiries regarding institutional eligibility should be directed to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat.

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April to September 2024Applicants seek endorsement from the host institution to apply, prepare and submit applications (institutions may have internal deadlines).
September 20, 2024
(20:00 EDT)
Deadline for complete application submission
October to December 2024Evaluation of applications
Mid-February 2025Anticipated notification of results. Applicants will be notified by email when the results are available on ResearchNet.
April to October 2025Payments begin
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How to apply for the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

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Applicants are urged to carefully read the Application Guide before beginning the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships application process. To apply, the applicant must complete the following steps:

  • Verify your eligibility
  • Contact the host organization or supervisor of your choice.
  • To register, make sure you have the following or click one of the links below:
    • ResearchNet account- The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program uses a ResearchNet account, a web-based application tool, and a funding opportunity/decision database.
    • CIHR PIN – A unique personal identification number (CIHR PIN) needed to apply for this program
    • CCV Account – With a CCV account, a web-based tool, you can manage all of your CV data in one location and create CVs as needed for each member organization.
    • Equity, Diversity, and Self-Identification Questionnaire – All applicants must complete the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Self-Identification Questionnaire.
  • On the Canadian Common CV (CCV) website, you must create a Vanier-Banting academic CCV and link it to your ResearchNet application.
  • Start the ResearchNet application.
  • Determine the research topic Identify the participants
  • Name the referees
  • Type in your degree information.
  • Add the proposal’s details and supporting documentation.
  • application materials in advance
  • Approve and submit the request
  • Make sure the attached files adhere to presentational standards.

Or go to the Application Guide for more details on how to apply.

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