Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
Student Deadline to Faculty:
Date set by Faculty research office (see table below)|
Faculty Nomination Deadline to SGS:
September 1, 2017 (not for applicants)
Student Deadline to Submit Fulfillment of Degree Requirements form to SGS:
September 8, 2017; completed forms to be returned to applicants by September 13, 2017
Letter of Endorsement Made Available:
September 13, 2017 (to successful nominees)
Nominee Online Submission Deadline:
September 20, 2017 (8 pm EDT)
Level of Study:
Required Legal Status:
Domestic or International
Value & Duration:
$70,000 per year for two years
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 is 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:
Eligibility to Apply
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.
Host instutition eligibility
Other eligibility restrictions
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 allocations 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 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 Graduates will complete the
Fulfillment of Degree Requirements Form for the candidate, who
request it by email from the Graduate Awards Office. Those who have not completed their degree requirements yet are asked to submit the form to their graduate unit for completion.
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 award will be held and paid from (if successful):
- Applicants who plan to have the Fellowship administered through the University of Toronto must apply through the Faculty of Medicine, GLSE by July 31, 2017. Applicants will have a supervisor with a primary appointment and graduate appointment in the Faculty of Medicine.
- If Fellowship is to be administered by the hospital research training centre (i.e., have it paid/administered there), contact the research office at the hospital directly
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.
The Banting application is initiated by the applicant through the
ResearchNet Application System with the CV data components created using the
Common CV system.
Applicants intending to take up the fellowship at the University of Toronto should first contact their fellowship supervisor to request the support of their application and if granted, inquire about the specific nomination/selection process and associated deadlines implemented by 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 application 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 Graduate Awards Office before
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 20, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. (EDT).
Reminder starting 2016-17: Important changes to application requirements
In Banting's continuous efforts to improve and simplify the application and review processes, some important changes are being implemented in this competition:
Window for degree completion: The eligibility window for degree completion has been extended until the last day prior to the final allowable start date of the award (September 30, 2018). 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.
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;
in a position to benefit from the funding of the application;
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.
Contacts & Resources
U of T nomination and selection process: see the Faculty Research Office contact information in the table below.
Banting Program information:
Review process (Overview and Selection Committees Guide)
School of Graduate Studies contact:
Fong Di Caterina
Faculty Deadline for Banting Applications (Expected Month)
Applicants Submit Application Directly to:
Point of Contact for Applicants and Supervisors:
Faculty Administrative Contact
Additional Instructions (for Applicants and Supervisors)
|Applied Science and Engineering||August 18, 2017||Faculty office||Faculty office|| Engineering Graduate Studies|||
|Architecture, Landscape, and Design—Daniels||August||Faculty office||Faculty office||
Shirley Chan||Administrative contact info subject to change.|
|Arts and Science||August||Faculty office||Faculty office||
Research Office|| |
|Dentistry||August||Graduate unit||Graduate unit||
Lisa Hutchinson|| |
|Forestry||TBD||Faculty office||Faculty office||
|Information||August||Faculty office||Faculty office||
Anna Pralat||Contact the Dean to discuss proposed applications early.|
|Kinesiology and Physical Education||August||Faculty office||Faculty office||
Marisol D'Andrea|| |
|Law||August||Faculty office||Faculty office||
Carla Serpe|| |
|Management||TBD||Faculty office||Faculty office||
Sasha Lucas|| |
|Medicine||July 31, 2017||Faculty office||Faculty office||
Students wishing to have their fellowship administered via an affiliated hospital must contact the research office at the hospital for their application and deadline.
|Mississauga||August||Faculty office||Faculty office||
Carla DeMarco or
UTM has an internal adjudication process to determine which applications are going forward from the UTM campus, based on their allocation.|
Prof. Sherry Lee||
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|
|Nursing||TBD||Faculty office||Faculty office||
|OISE||August||Faculty office||Faculty office||Office of the Associate Dean, Research, International & Innovation||
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||Graduate unit||Graduate unit||
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||Faculty office||Faculty office||
Linda D’Souza|| |
|Scarborough||August||Faculty office||Faculty office||
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||Faculty office||Faculty office||
Joanne Daciuk|| |
L'Oréal USA Fellowships For Women in Science
L'Oréal Canada has announced the For Women in Science Research Excellence Fellowships, with the support of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which will give two fellowships of $20,000 CAD each to female postdoctoral researchers in the field of Engineering/Pure and Applied Sciences. This fellowship is a part of the For Women in Science Program which recognizes the importance of the contributions of women in the progress of science. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of scientists, including representatives from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and L'Oréal Canada.
Full application procedures and guidelines are provided through the
China Scholarship Council Awards
The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is a non-profit institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. In partnership with the University of Toronto, the CSC offers scholarships to outstanding Chinese students who will pursue postdoctoral studies at U of T.
Please note that the CSC postdoctoral award (approx. CDN $15,000 per year) does not meet the U of T policy regarding stipend levels for postdoctoral fellows. Postdocs who obtain a CSC scholarship will be required to obtain another award or to investigate top-up funding with their U of T supervisor. Please refer to U of T's
policies and guidelines on postdoctoral fellows.
For further information, please visit our
International Student Awards page and the
China Scholarship Council website.
Azrieli Fellows Program
The Azrieli Fellows Program welcomes the best and brightest postdoctoral scholars who wish to undertake postdoctoral research in Israel. Scholars may undertake research in any field of study. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or have completed a doctorate at a Canadian university.
The fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Candidates are assessed on their potential to make cutting-edge contributions to their respective fields. Aspects of personal merit and leadership abilities are also taken into consideration without regard to race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or age.
Eligible applicants are encouraged to visit the program's website. For more information, please contact the Azrieli Foundation at
Government of Canada Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT), as part of the Government of Canada Awards (GCA), the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program (CCSP) and the Canada-Mexico Awards (CMA), offers one-year post-doctoral research fellowships tenable at recognized public Canadian universities and affiliated research institutes.
Based on reciprocal agreements between Canada and Foreign governments, the PDRF will award approximately 40 to 60 fellowships to selected candidates from twelve countries. These fellowships will provide research opportunities to promising recent doctoral graduates in the natural sciences and engineering, social sciences and humanities.
The program description including eligibility requirements and application information can be found on the
Government of Canada's International Scholarships website.
John Charles Polanyi Prizes
Congratulations to U of T's
Dr. Riccardo Comin, an NSERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who has recently been announced as the recipient of the
2015 John Charles Polanyi Prize.
Applicant Deadline to Graduate Unit:
December 1, 2016
Graduate Unit Deadline to SGS:
December 8, 2016
Value & Duration:
Level of Study:
Postdoctoral or has a faculty appointment
Required Legal Status:
Domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)
November 2017; communicated directly to winners by COU
In honour of the achievement of John Charles Polanyi, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Government of the Province of Ontario has established a fund to provide up to five prizes to outstanding researchers in the early stages of their career who are continuing to postdoctoral studies or have recently started a faculty appointment at an Ontario university.
One prize is available in each of the five areas broadly defined as Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Economic Science (the areas of the award are the same as the Nobel Prize areas).
Read about the
2015 U of T Prize winner and past recipeints of
the 2014 Prizes in Literature and Economic Science,
the 2013 Prizes in Literature and Physics, and
the 2012 Prizes in Physics and Physiology/Medicine.
Any person who is planning to continue to postdoctoral studies (or has a faculty appointment) in a recognized Ontario university who meets the following criteria may apply for one of the prizes:
is normally a resident in Ontario and has completed or is near completion of doctoral studies in any recognized university in the world, or has completed or is nearing completion of doctoral studies in an Ontario university; and
has received the doctoral degree between September 1, 2013 and April 30, 2017, or if the doctoral degree has not yet been awarded, will have completed all the requirements for the doctoral degree by April 30, 2017. Applicants holding faculty appointments within these time limits may apply. (Note: Applicants who have been on parental leave between the time of completion of the doctorate and the time of application may have their period of eligibility extended by six months.)
The prizes are awarded to recognize truly outstanding researchers and scholars for their work during their PhD program and/or in their post-doctoral research
The Selection Committee reviews the record of research and publications as well as a description of planned research when it makes its decisions about the applicants to be awarded the Prizes. The Committee looks for the evidence from past research in very concrete terms and sees a plan for future research – both are considered but a good plan without a truly meritorious record of past achievement would not be recognized with a Polanyi Prize.
The tax-exempt Prizes are awarded directly to recipients who have discretion over the use of the funding. The prizes may be held along with any other financial support or research funds received by the winners.
It is hoped that the prizes will be conferred by September 2017.
All applicants must submit to their graduate unit or their supervisor's affiliated graduate unit
an electronic copy of the following documents in a single PDF package by
December 1, 2016:
The completed application form – available from Council of Ontario Universities’ (COU) website: http://www.cou.on.ca/about/chairs-and-awards/john-charles-polanyi-prizes
Curriculum vitae (no page restrictions), including information concerning the application. Updates to curriculum vitae will not be accepted after submission;
A brief summary of the doctoral thesis (1 page max, to be written by the applicant);
A statement of research (or writing) to be undertaken during the period of the award (maximum of 2 pages, plus an additional 1 page for diagrams, bibliography, etc., to be prepared by the applicant);
A non-technical summary (maximum 500 words, to be written by the applicant) ;
Confidential letters (on letterhead and signed) from four assessors (emailed directly to your unit's graduate administrator before December 1, 2016).
Letters should focus on an evaluation of the applicant's research (or writing) to date, and the research (or writing) being undertaken.
Assessors must read and comment on the statement of research (or writing) being submitted as part of the application.
Two of the assessors must not have been associated with the candidate as either a supervisor, or a member of the applicant’s supervisory committee, or a co-author and should preferably be from another university.
Note: Only those applications selected to receive the endorsement of the University will be forwarded to the COU accompanied by a letter from the Dean of Graduate Studies at the university at which the candidate will undertake the research supported by the award.
Contacts & Resources
For further details and/or if you have questions about this award competition, please refer to the
Council of Ontario Universities website or contact:
Awards Officer (Provincial)
SSHRC Impact Awards
The five annual
SSHRC Impact Awards (Gold Medal, Talent Award, Insight Award, Connection Award, Partnership Award) recognize the highest achievements in social sciences and humanities research, knowledge mobilization, and scholarship supported by SSHRC.
The SSHRC Talent Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual who, at the nomination deadline, holds a SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship (including, but not limited to, a Canada Graduate Scholarship, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship ,or Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship). For more information on the application process and eligibility, visit the
SSHRC Talent Award page.
Each institution may submit only one nomination for each Impact Award in each category in a given year.
See previous SSHRC Impact Award winners.
Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
The Faculty of Arts & Science offers postdoctoral fellowships designed to provide outstanding recent doctoral students with advanced training in their field of study. These fellowships are not discipline specific, but rather can be held in any department or research unit across the
Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto.
Applicants must secure sponsorship of a supervisor or supervisors from the professoriate within the Faculty of Arts & Science. These fellowships pay a stipend of $45,000 per year for a maximum of two years. Please visit the
Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowships page for further details and application forms.
Submit completed forms and supporting documents to the office of the Vice-Dean Research & Infrastructure at