Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

In 2010 the Government of Canada allocated $45 million over five years to deliver the high-profile, prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowships Program.

The fellowships will be known as the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, in memory of Sir Frederick Banting, the Canadian physician, researcher, Nobel laureate and war hero who, together with his assistant Dr. Charles Best, is credited with the discovery of insulin. The program is jointly administered by Canada’s three federal granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). CIHR has been designated as the operational lead for the implementation of the program.

Unique Application Requirements

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is distinguished from existing postdoctoral fellowships programs by its emphasis on the synergy between an applicant’s individual merit and potential to launch a successful research-intensive career and the host institution’s commitment to the research program and environment with which the applicant is to be affiliated. As such, an applicant’s application to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program must be completed in full collaboration with the proposed host institution.

Funds Available

CIHR and partner(s) financial contributions for this initiative are subject to availability of funds. Should CIHR or partner(s) funding levels not be available or are decreased due to unforeseen circumstances, CIHR and partner(s) reserve the right to reduce, defer or suspend financial contributions to awards received as a result of this funding opportunity.

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $9,800,000, enough to fund approximately 70 awards.
  • The maximum amount per award is $70,000 (taxable) per year for up to two-years for a total of $140,000, per award. The funding is not renewable.

Internal deadline: August 1, 2018.

Potential applicants must submit their CV, potential supervisor's name, a draft research proposal and any commitments from the supervisor and/or department via email to

Application deadline: September 19, 2018.

For more information, visit the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships website or contact Angela Rosenau at or 403-329-2480.

For more information, please consult the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program.


Agency Name: 
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
Contact Name: 
Angela Rosenau
Grant Amount: 
The maximum amount per award is $70,000 (taxable) per year for up to two-years for a total of $140,000, per award
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Internal Deadline: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Social Science
Grant Eligibility: