Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships


Grant amount: C $140,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 20, 2018 5:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Overview:

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth.

The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is to:

  • Attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally.

  • Develop their leadership potential.

  • Position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow.

Fellowships are distributed equally among:

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is unique in its emphasis on the synergy 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.

An applicant to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must complete their application in full collaboration with the proposed host institution. Host institutions may have internal deadlines established by the institution so that appropriate representative(s) can review all applications and select the applicants who will be endorsed. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all deadlines are met.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

Areas of research

  • Health research
  • Natural sciences and/or engineering
  • Social sciences and/or humanities
Citizenship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and foreign citizens are eligible to apply with the following stipulations:
    • Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada may only hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution.
    • Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree from a foreign university may only hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution.
    • Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree from a Canadian university may hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at either a Canadian institution or an institution outside of Canada.
      • The proportion of Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships that may be awarded annually to individuals who apply in collaboration with a foreign institution is capped at 25% overall.

Eligibility window for degree completion

  • Applicants to the 2016-17 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree: 
    • between September 21, 2013 and September 30, 2017 (inclusively), AND 
    • before the start date of their award.
  • Applicants who have not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time of application must submit proof no later than October 15, 2017.
    • "Fulfilled all requirements of the degree" refers to the date that the applicant completed all the steps required for obtaining their degree. Although these requirements may vary by institution and degree type, they normally include thesis defence corrections and thesis deposition. It is not the convocation date.
  • ExceptionsInterruptions used to extend the eligibility window for degree completion must have occurred after the fulfillment of your degree requirements and before the application submission deadline.
    • The window of eligibility can be extended by a cumulative maximum of two years if the applicant had their career interrupted for the following reasons:
      • Parental leave
      • Illness
      • Health-related family responsibilities
      • Mandatory military service
    • Additionally, for health professionals who have engaged in post-degree non-research related clinical training (e.g. residency) - the eligibility window can be extended by the duration of this training. For a list of eligible health professions, please see CIHR’s webpage.

Host institution eligibility

  • Institutions eligible to host a Banting Fellow include Canadian and foreign universities, affiliated research hospitals, colleges and not-for-profit organizations with a strong research mandate and capacity.
  • Canadian governments (federal, provincial and municipal) and all for-profit organizations are not eligible to participate as host institutions.
  • Banting Fellows may travel and conduct field research; however, they must continue to be based at their host institution.

Other eligibility restrictions

  • Applicants who currently hold or have held agency-specific (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) awards at the postdoctoral level are eligible to apply to the 2016-17 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program only if the term of that funding officially ends on or before September 30, 2017 and prior to the start of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.
    • Early termination of the agency-specific postdoctoral award for the purpose of application to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is not permitted.
  • Applicants can apply for both the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program and other agency-specific postdoctoral fellowships programs (whether to the same or a different federal granting agency) at the same time, provided that the research proposed in each application falls within the mandate of the federal granting agency to which the application is submitted. 
    • Applicants who are successful in both competitions will have to choose which award to accept.
  • Only in exceptionally rare circumstances will a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship be awarded to an applicant who is staying at the same institution or within the same research environment where they completed their PhD, PhD– equivalent or health professional degree.
  • Applicants can submit only one application per competition year to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program.

Without exception, Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships:

  • Are tenable only at the institution which supported the original application for the program.
  • Must be taken up no earlier than April 1st and no later than October 1st following the year of application.
  • Are for two years.
  • Can only be held once in a lifetime.

Ineligibility:

  • Applicants must not hold a tenure-track or tenured faculty position, nor can they be on leave from such a position.
    • Generally "tenure or tenure-track" refers to an open-ended academic position in which the holder can form a research group, apply for externally funded research as a principal investigator, and also teach (if unsure, please contact the Vanier-Banting Secretariat).
  • A Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship is a stipend and not a salary. Therefore, it is not eligible for:
    • Canada Pension Plan (CPP).
    • Employment Insurance (EI).
    • Other non-discretionary benefits.