Fully Funded Banting Postdoctoral Scholarship for international students in Canada


One of a number of prestigious federal initiatives for building research capability is the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program. The suite of programs starts with early support for graduate students through the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program, moves on to postdoctoral training through the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program, and then continues through the academic career progression (Tier 1 and 2 Canada Research Chairs) to a career pinnacle with the Canada Excellence Research Chairs, as well as the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, which was announced in 2014.

Collectively, these initiatives aim to improve Canada’s pool of highly skilled researchers and promote the country abroad as one that does high-caliber research and offers research training. In addition to this, the three federal awarding organizations’ postdoctoral fellowship programs (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, or CIHR) are also useful training tools, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada – NSERC, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada – SSHRC). 

Highly competitive and ambitious scholars can fulfill their full potential and advance their careers through the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program. After completing their fellowships, Banting fellows will be in a good position to support the development of Canada’s research capability as well as the economic and social success of the nation.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program offers support to the top postdoctoral candidates from throughout the world who will significantly advance the nation’s social, economic, and scientific advancement.

The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is to:

  • To attract postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally 
  • develop their research leadership potential
  • position them for success as research leaders of future

Degree level

Postdoctoral Fellowships



Areas of research

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

Host Universities

Fellowships are distributed equally among: 


Citizenship of candidates

  • Canadian citizens
  • Permanent residents of Canada
  • Foreign citizens

General regulations

Award holders must 

  • abide by the terms and conditions of the award as set out in this guide, the funding opportunity and the decision documents sent by the agency
  • have met all the eligibility requirements as outlined in the funding opportunity website at the time of application 
  • be engaged full-time in research or registered full-time in the program of study for which they were funded (up to the completion of degree requirements whether registered or not) 
  • be engaged in eligible research under the mandate of the University or agency to which the application was submitted
  • be progressing satisfactorily in the research or studies for which they were funded
  • immediately inform the agency of any discontinuation of studies or research, temporary or permanent, during the tenure of the award

 Scholarship Coverage

Banting postdoctoral researchers may travel and conduct field research; however, they must continue to be based at their host institution.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are valued at $70,000 (taxable) per year. There are no additional funds provided for travel/research.

Application materials

  1. Study Plan
  2. Official Degree certificates and full official transcripts
  3. Research Proposal
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation from professors
  5. Related Academic Publications
  6. Proof of nationality

How to Apply

Application is through universities and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program. For more information visit official website below


September 2, 2023