Government of Canada Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021 for International Scientists

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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.

Application Deadline: 1st October, 2020 by 8:00 p.m. (EDT)

Offered Annually? Yes

To be taken at (country): Canada

Fields of Research: 

  • Health research
  • Natural sciences and/or engineering
  • Social sciences and/or humanities

About the Award: The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is to:

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  • 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 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Type: Fellowship


  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to apply with the stipulations sstated in the Program (Link below)
  • Applicants to the 2020/2021 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree stated in the Programme (Link below)
  • Applicants must not hold a tenure-track or tenured faculty position, nor can they be on leave from such a position

Selection Criteria: 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.

Number of Awards: 70 fellowships are awarded annually

Value of Program: $70,000 per year (taxable)

Duration of Program: 2 years (non-renewable)

How to Apply: It is important to go through the Application Guide before applying for this Fellowship

Visit Programme Webpage for details

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