Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to Canada's economic, social and research‑based growth. Across Canada,  seventy Banting Fellowships are awarded annually with an equal distribution among CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.

The objectives of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program are to:

  • Attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally
  • Develop leadership potential
  • Position postdoctoral fellows for success as research leaders of tomorrow  

ResearchNet Application Portal Opens:
April 14, 2021

Deadline to Apply (SFU Internal):
June 15, 2021

Award Value:
$70,000/year for 2 years

SFU's Strategic Research Plan:
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is unique in its emphasis on the synergy between the applicant and the host institution, including demonstrated alignment of the supervisor’s research, the applicant’s research and the institution’s strategic priorities.

Successful holders of this award may be eligible to be nominated for the SSHRC Talent Award.

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Banting Fellowship Recipients

Learn more about Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships by reading through the experiences of the Fellows.

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Banting Fellowships Website

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Featured Award Recipient

How to Apply

Check eligibility

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship program is competitive.

View Suitability of the Candidates →
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View Selection Criteria →

Review SFU's internal selection deadline and prepare your draft application package

All interested candidates must submit the following items to GPS by SFU's internal deadline (see below). Note: Full descriptions of each item are found on the Banting Competition Memo.

  • Canadian Common CV (CCV)
  • Special Circumstances (if applicable)
  • Research Contributions (can be point form)
  • Leadership Contributions (can be point form)
  • Draft Reasearch Proposal (max 4 pages, can be point form)
  • Draft Supervisor's Statement (max 4 pages, can be point form)

Complete full application

Only selected candidates will be invited to complete the full Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship application. Those going forward will be given guidance in completing their full application. SFU is very selective and only chooses the most competitive candidates to complete the full Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship application. Those going forward will work with their supervisor and an Associate Dean to complete their full application.

Final Endorsement

At this time, final candidates will be given the Institutional letter of Endorsement and the full application must be submitted online by the date set by ResearchNet. Please don't argue the submission time with GPS Staff; ResearchNet is not our system and we cannot provide extensions.  

Competition Timeline

April 14 ResearchNet application portal opens
June 15
Preliminary Application deadline: submit draft CCV and attachments to gpsaward@sfu.ca
July 30 August 13 Candidates will be informed about their status
August 26 Anytime before September 10 Selected candidates must complete their final application and submit for final review
September 15 Nominated candidates will be provided their institutional letter of endorsement
September 22:
5:00 pm PT
8:00 pm ET
Full application submitted in ResearchNet