Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program 2020

The 2020-2021 Banting PDF competition has been launched and the application is now available on ResearchNet! Please consult for further details.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship 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). The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the administering agency of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) program and is responsible for the payment of awards in accordance with the policies and regulations outlined in the Tri-Agency Research Training Award Holder’s Guide.

Unique Application Requirements

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

Duration: Two years

Step 1: Expressions of Interest

Potential applicants who have identified a proposed Faculty Supervisor, and are interested in applying to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships competition, must submit an Expression of Interest via email to as part of the internal selection process. The Internal Deadline for Expressions of Interest is August 3, 2020.

Expressions of Interest must include:

  • 500 word (approximately) lay description of proposed research
  • Self-declaration that the candidate meets the eligibility requirements
  • Postdoctoral Fellows' CCV (CCV is preferable, but a CV is acceptable)
  • Faculty Supervisor's CCV (CCV is preferable, but a CV is acceptable)
  • Explanation of why the applicant would be competitive and merits a Banting award. In approximately 500 words, please demonstrate:
    • the applicant’s research and leadership excellence
    • the synergy between the applicant, their research, the supervisor and the institution
    • how a Banting Fellowship (and this research opportunity) will enhance the applicant’s career trajectory
  • Identify the relevant agency (NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC)
  • If you are unable to provide any of the above, please provide a detailed explanation*

Expressions of Interest will be evaluated on the synergy between the applicant, the supervisor and the research environment, quality of the proposed research program, and the research excellence and leadership in the research domain of both the applicant and supervisor.

You are encouraged to read all the information in the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships’ application guide prior to preparing an Expressions of Interest.

Step 2: Review of Expressions of Interest and Selection of Applicants

Expressions of Interest submissions will be reviewed internally and selected candidates will be invited to move forward with a full Banting Fellowship application supported by the University of Lethbridge. Only invited applicants are required to complete the online application

Step 3 - Application Reviews and Feedback

Invited applicants must submit fully completed Banting Fellowship applications to Angela Rosenau in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs via email at by no later than Monday, August 31, 2020. Applications must meet Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Guidelines. You must ensure that your documents meet presentation standards.

Step 4 – Submission of Application to Banting

Invited applicants will be responsible for submission of complete application via ResearchNet by the application deadline: October 1, 2020 (20:00 EDT).

See the attachments here for further program information or visit the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships website. Contact Angela Rosenau in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at or 403-329-2480 with any questions.

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: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Internal Deadline: 
Monday, August 3, 2020
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Social Science
Fine Arts
Grant Eligibility: