Canadian Institutes of Health Research: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

Canada's most prestigious postdoctoral award, the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program builds world-class research capacity in the areas of health sciences, natural sciences and engineering, social sciences and humanities. The program is administered by Canada's three research granting councils: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Applications open

1 Apr 2021

Applications closed

22 Sep 2021

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $140,000

Applicable study areas

Agriculture, animal studies, food science and veterinary science; Architecture, building and planning; Engineering; Environment and natural resources; Historical, philosophical, political and social studies; Language, literature and cultural studies; Medicine, dentistry, health and welfare; Performing and visual arts, theatre, film and television; Sciences and mathematics

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • Have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree: between September 15 2018 and September 30 2022 (inclusively), and before the start date of their award.
    • Applicants must not hold a tenure-track or tenured faculty position, nor can they be on leave from such a position.
    • Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada may only hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution.

    Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships awards must be taken up and held at the host institution that provided the initial endorsement. Before applying, confirm that you and your proposed host institution meet the eligibility criteria listed at the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship website.

    Selection criteria

    All eligible applications to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program undergo an evaluation by a selection committee from one of the three federal granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

    Applicants 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.

  • Application process

    Applications are submitted online and an Application Guide is available at the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships website.

    The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Secretariat has also curated a list of resources to help applicants, institutions, referees, reviewers and readers consider equity, diversity and inclusion in the applications they prepare or evaluate.

    For enquiries email

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Fellowship award notification is scheduled for February 2020.

What are the benefits?

A stipend of C$70,000 per annum is available for 2 years.

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