Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships for Researchers in Canada 2019 ($70,000)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) invites applications for 2019 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships for international Scholars at Canadian Research Institutions.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program allows highly motivated and competitive researchers to realize their full potential and develop their careers. Upon completion of their fellowships, Banting fellows will be well positioned to contribute to the continued growth of Canada’s research capacity and the country’s economic and social prosperity.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country’s economic, social and research-based growth.

The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is to:

  • attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally
  • develop their leadership potential
  • position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow

Worth of Award

  • 70 fellowships are awarded annually; approximately 140 awards are active at any time.
  • $70,000 per year (taxable)


  • Confirm that you and your proposed host institution meet the criteria below before you apply for a 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.
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to apply, provided they meet the following conditions:
  • Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada may only hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution.
  • Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree from a foreign university may only hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution.
  • Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree from a Canadian university may hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at either a Canadian institution or an institution outside of Canada.
  • Applicants to the 2019-20 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree:
  • between September 15, 2016 and September 30, 2020 (inclusively), and
  • before the start date of their award.
  • Applicants who have not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time of application must submit proof no later than October 15, 2020.
  • For applicants who have completed more than one PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree, the eligibility window applies to the most recent of these degrees.

The window of eligibility can be extended by a cumulative maximum of two years if the applicant had their career interrupted for one or more of the following reasons:

  • 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
  • “Career interruption” refers to a period of time when the applicant was not working (full-time or part-time) and when their research output was completely interrupted.
  • Additionally, for health professionals who have engaged in post-degree non-research-related clinical training (e.g., residency), the eligibility window can be extended by the duration of this training.
  • For other professions that require post-degree, non-research-related training to be certified by a professional body, please consult the Vanier-Banting Secretariat to confirm whether an extension to the eligibility window is allowable.

No other exceptions will be allowed.

How to Apply

  • 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.
  • To be considered eligible for funding, applicants must attain an average score of at least 5.1 in each of the three criteria.
  • The Secretariat has curated a list of resources to help applicants, institutions, referees, and reviewers and readers consider equity, diversity and inclusion in the applications they prepare or evaluate. All applicants are encouraged to review the resources before they begin preparing their application.
  • Before beginning to prepare an application, applicants should read the Application guide carefully. Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships selection committees are multidisciplinary, and applications should therefore be written with a non-specialist research audience in mind.
  • Individual application documents can be submitted in either English or French. If another language is required to express a particular idea (e.g., specialized concept), be sure to provide an explanation in French or English.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete; this includes ensuring that all host institution documents and referee assessments have been submitted.

Deadline: Full Application submission deadline is September 18, 2019 (20:00 EDT). Candidates should note that host institutions may have earlier deadlines

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