The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is intended to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally; develop their leadership potential; and position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career.
Seventy fellowships are awarded annually, divided evenly between Canada’s three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC). There are a total of 140 awards active at any one time.
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is unique in its emphasis on the synergy of research goals and projects between the following:
- Applicant – individual merit and potential to launch a successful research-intensive career
- Host Institution – commitment to the research program and alignment with the institution’s strategic priorities
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Applicants and the proposed host institution must meet specific eligibility criteria within several categories. Applications that do not meet all of the eligibility criteria will not be accepted. View complete requirements on the Banting website.
- Applicant eligibility:
- Citizenship and location of host institution
- Eligibility window for degree completion
- Host institution eligibility
- Other eligibility restrictions
Reminder (updated): Research respectfully involving Indigenous communities:
The proposed research must be in accordance with the policies and principles outlined in the following documents:
- Tri-Council Policy Statement: Chapter 9: Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada
- SSHRC Guidelines for the Merit Review of Indigenous Research
- CIHR’s Research Involving First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada –Webinar
Proposed supervisors must describe how collaborations are developed and provide details corroborating information included in the research proposal.
In order to be funded, research involving and engaging with Indigenous communities must fulfill the pillars for respectful research engaging with Indigenous peoples.
Reminder: Sex- and Gender-based Analysis Plus (SGBA+):
In order to ensure the research we fund is impactful and relevant to the diversity of the population we now require applicants to systematically examine how differences in identity factors, such as sex, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age and mental or physical disability, affect the outcomes of research and the impacts of research findings. Applicants are now encouraged to take SGBA+ principles into account in their proposed research (see Application guide –Task 10 – Research Proposal
To review all new program items and important reminders, please see the 2021-22 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship competition launch memo.
- The Banting application is initiated by the applicant through the ResearchNet Application System with the CV data components created using the Common CV system.
- The University of Toronto does not have access to applications on ResearchNet. Therefore, candidates may be asked to submit a copy of their entire application, including a copy of the confidential online referee assessment forms to their Faculty Research Office.
- Applicants must be nominated by their Faculty (e.g. Faculty Arts and Science) to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) to receive the endorsement of the University. Those nominated to SGS will be issued a Letter of Endorsement signed by the Dean of Graduate Studies necessary to complete the online application process at least one week before the ResearchNet deadline date. Only applications endorsed by the Dean of Graduate Studies will be accepted by the Banting Secretariat.
- Nominees must also obtain (from the institution that conferred their degree) a Fulfillment of Degree Requirements Form and attach this completed document to their online application. Applicants who require this document from U of T must request it by email from the Postdoctoral Fellows Office before Sept 4th. *Please include your student number when emailing your request*
- Candidates are responsible for uploading all required documents to ResearchNet to complete the application and submission process. Only the referee assessment forms are to be completed and submitted online by the referees. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all components of the application are complete (including references) and the application is submitted via ResearchNet by the deadline of September 22, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. (EDT).
Applications received by Banting will be evaluated based on the following selection criteria. Applicants, supervisors, departments, and faculties are encouraged to consider these criteria when developing their applications and when selecting nominees to be forwarded:
- Research excellence and leadership in the research domain – demonstrated capacity for research excellence based on track record as defined by quality of applicant’s research contributions, and demonstrated capacity for leadership in the research domain defined by the sphere of influence achieved to date by the applicant.
- Quality of the applicant’s proposed research program – examined in terms of the potential of the proposed research program (taking into consideration feasibility, timelines and novelty of research), executed in the proposed institutional environment, to position the applicant for significant impact through a research-intensive career (potential for significant impact).
- Institutional commitment and demonstrated synergy between applicant and institutional strategic priorities – examined in terms of:
- demonstrated commitment of institution to support the development of the applicant’s research and leadership capacity through institutional support (funding, facilities, equipment, etc.) and professional development; and
- demonstrated alignment and synergy between the applicant’s research ambitions and the institution’s potential to benefit strategically from its engagement with the applicant (alignment with institution’s strategic priorities)
See the Banting Postdoctoral Fellows selection committee guide for further information.
An assessment cannot be completed by the proposed supervisor unless that person is currently your supervisor or has been your supervisor in the past.