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.  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:
June 15, 2020

Deadline to Apply (SFU Internal):
July 22

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. Learn more →

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

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How to Apply

Check eligibility

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship program is competitive.

Review SFU's internal selection deadline and prepare your preliminary application

All interested candidates must submit the following items to GPS by SFU's internal deadline (see below). Note: Full descriptions of each item (below) are found on the Banting Competition Memo.
  • Download the Preliminary Application Form →
  • CV (can be the CCV or your own formatted CV)
  • Draft Applicant Summary (max 2 pages, can be point form)
  • Draft Research Proposal (max 4 pages, can be point form)
  • Draft supervisor summary (max 5 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. Only the top 6 applications will be nominated to go to Ottawa.

Final Endorsement

At this time, you will be provided with 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

June 15
ResearchNet application portal opens
July 22
Preliminary Application deadline: apply and submit to
August 13
Candidates will be informed about their status
September 17 Selected candidates must complete their final application and submit for final review
September 28 Nominated candidates will be provided their institutional letter of endorsement
October 1:
8:00 pm Eastern Time = 5:00 pm Pacific Time
Full application submitted in ResearchNet