Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

Award Overview


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


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.

  1. Applicant eligibility:
    • Citizenship and location of host institution
    • Eligibility window for degree completion
  2. Host institution eligibility
  3. Other eligibility restrictions​


NEW: Extension to eligibility window for degree completion 

In order to encourage equitable access to excellent candidates, the window of eligibility can now be extended by a cumulative maximum of three years, if the applicant had their career interrupted for extenuating circumstances. Examples of such circumstances include but are not limited to: parental leave, illness, health-related family responsibilities, mandatory military service, disruptions due to war, civil conflicts and/or natural disasters in the country of residence, socio-economic reasons, etc. The list of specific allowable reasons for extending the window has been removed. 

NEW: 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.

Reminder: Natural disasters has been added to the list of allowable reasons for career interruptions. 

Reminder: Research respectfully involving Indigenous communities: 

The proposed research must be in accordance with the policies and principles outlined in the following two main documents: 

  1. Tri-Council Policy Statement: Chapter 9: Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada 
  2. SSHRC Guidelines for the Merit Review of Indigenous Research 

Proposed supervisors must describe how collaborations are developed and provide details corroborating information included in the research proposal.  

Reminder: Deadline for submitting referee assessments: 

Applicants may now customize the deadline by which referees must submit their assessments. By default, the Assessment Required Deadline in ResearchNet is set for two days before the applicant’s deadline. For more information, please consult Task 8 of the Application guide. 

Reminder: Mobility and choice of host institution: 

All applicants should clearly justify their choice of host institution and supervisor, and they should highlight the anticipated benefits with respect to fulfilling their career aspirations. If they have already been at the proposed host institution for more than 6 months, they must justify their decision to remain at the same location. There should be a direct correlation between the strength of the justification and the amount of time already spent at that institution. Only in rare circumstances will a Banting PDF be awarded to an applicant who is staying at the same institution or within the same research environment where they completed their PhD, PhDequivalent or health professional degree. 

Reminder: Extensions to eligibility window for degree completion 

In order to encourage equitable access to excellent candidates, additional allowable reasons of career interruptions were added. 

Reminder: Eligible referees 

An assessment cannot be completed by the proposed supervisor unless that person is currently your supervisor or has been your supervisor in the past. 

*To review all new program items and important reminders, please see the 202021 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship competition launch memo.  


Endorsement Process 

Given the limited number of fellowships awarded annually, universities are encouraged to carefully consider and support only the highest quality applicants from both Canada and abroad. In keeping with the aim of attracting postdoctoral fellows to Canada, units are encouraged to endorse new foreign candidates.  In addition, careful consideration must be given to ensure gender equity in the endorsement process. U of T Faculty Research Offices receive quotas and are therefore limited in the number of applications they may put forth for endorsement by the School of Graduate Studies.

Applicants must be nominated by their Faculty (e.g. Faculty of Arts and Science) to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) to receive the endorsement of the University. Supervisors wishing to support a candidate’s application must contact their affiliated Faculty Research Office to inquire about the Faculty’s internal deadline, application and selection process (see faculty contact info under “Contacts & Resources” section). Applications submitted outside of the affiliated Faculty competition and therefore without the official endorsement of Dean of Graduate Studies will be deemed ineligible by the Banting Secretariat.

University of Toronto graduates who wish to pursue their postdoctoral fellowship at another institution must apply through their proposed host institution, abiding to their internal selection process and deadlines. The School of Graduate Studies will complete the Fulfillment of Degree Requirements Form for the candidate, who must request it by email from the Postdoctoral Fellows Office. Those who have not completed their degree requirements yet are asked to submit the form to their graduate unit for completion.

*Faculty of Medicine –Please note: Each affiliated hospital will hold its own competition as well. It is separate from Faculty of Medicine (via GLSE) and may have a different deadline and application process. Applicants will need to decide where to apply because it will determine where the award will be held and paid from (if successful).​

Selection Criteria

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.​

Application Process

See the Application Guide

  1. The Banting application is initiated by the applicant through the ResearchNet Application System with the CV data components created using the Comm​on CV system.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 complete the form and request signature from the Postdoctoral Office by email before Sept 4th. 
  5. 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 October 1, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. (EDT).

Important application reminders:

Mandatory arm’s length referee: All applications must have at least 1 arm’s length referee from among the 3 invited referees. The arm’s length referee cannot be:

    • a relative or close friend, or have a personal relationship with the applicant;
    • affiliated with the applicant’s current and/or proposed institutions;
    • professionally affiliated with the applicant, as a result of (but not limited to): being their supervisor or trainee; collaborating, publishing or sharing funding with the applicant, or having plans to do so in the immediate future.

Supervisor’s statement (page limit) – The maximum length of the statement has been reduced to four (4) pages.

At the University of Toronto, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive community, rich with diversity, protecting the human rights of all persons, and based upon understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of every person. We seek to ensure to the greatest extent possible that all students and employees enjoy the opportunity to participate as they see fit in the full range of activities that the University offers, and to achieve their full potential as members of the University community.

Contacts & Resources


Faculty  Faculty deadline for Banting applications (Expected month – contact directly to confirm); current as of June 2020  Applicants submit application directly to:  Point of contact for applicants and supervisors:  Faculty Administrative Contact  Additional Instructions (for applicants & supervisors) 
Applied Science and Engineering 


 August 12, 2020   Faculty Office  Faculty Office  David Duong    
Architecture, Landscape, and Design – Daniels 


 August 4, 2020  Faculty Office  Faculty Office  Shirley Chan   
Arts and Science 


August 1, 2020  Faculty Office  Faculty Office  Christine Yarish   


August 28, 2020  Graduate Unit  Graduate Unit  Lisa Hutchinson   


Contact Faculty Office  Faculty Office  Faculty Office  Anna Pralat   Contact the Dean to discuss proposed applications early. 
Kinesiology and Physical Education  July 28, 2020 Faculty Office  Faculty Office  Luc Tremblay  Please email a CV and a brief description of the proposed project (<500 words) to no later than July 28, 2020.


August 7, 2020  Faculty Office  Faculty Office  Carla Serpe   


August 28, 2020  Faculty Office  Faculty Office  Sasha Lucas   
Medicine  July 31, 2020  Faculty Office  Faculty Office  Debbie Chau  Students wishing to have their fellowship administered via affiliated hospital need to contact the research office at the hospital for their application and deadline. 


University of Toronto Mississauga  August 12, 2020  Faculty Office  Faculty Office  Carla DeMarcoRong Wu and Maeve Doyle  UTM has an internal adjudication process to determine which applications are going forward from the UTM campus, based on their allocation. 

** NOI is required to fill out here ** 

Music  August 7, 2020  Faculty Research Office  Faculty Research Office  Steven Vande Moortele, Associate Dean Research  The Faculty of Music conducts an internal adjudication process to determine nominations based on the Faculty’s quota. Details will be forwarded to faculty members in advance of the deadline. Additional information for applicants may be found on the Faculty of Music’s Research webpage. 


Contact Faculty Office  Faculty Office  Faculty Office  Shefali Ram and Marian Smith   
OISE  August 4, 2020  Faculty Research Office  Faculty Research Office  Madeleine Taylor and Lara Cartmale  There will be an internal adjudication process to determine the applicants who can apply for this fellowship. Communications will be sent out to Faculty. 


Pharmacy – Leslie Dan  August 11, 2020 by 5pm  Graduate Unit  Graduate Unit  Mike Folinas and Sam D’Alfonso  There will be an internal adjudication process to determine the applicant(s) going forward based on departmental quotas.  Communication will be forwarded to the Faculty closer to the deadline. 
Public Health – Dalla Lana 


August 14, 2020 by 4pm **revised** Faculty Office  Faculty Office  Lee Vernich and Caroline Godbout   
University of Toronto Scarborough  August 17, 2020 (by 12noon)   Office of the Vice-Principal Research & Innovation   Office of the Vice-Principal Research & Innovation   Sharon George  Instructions for Supervisors:

1) Supervisors wishing to support a candidate’s application must notify the UTSC Office of the Vice-Principal, Research (UTSC VPRO) of the planned application in advance of the UTSC internal deadline.

2) Supervisors are responsible for the preparation of the Supervisor’s statement in consultation with their chair/director.

3) The UTSC VPRO will carefully select only the highest quality applicants from both Canada and abroad within its allocation in accordance to the stated Selection Criteria. 

Social Work  August 3, 2020  Faculty Office  Faculty Office  Renee Leroux