Eligibility

Confirm that you and your proposed host institution meet the criteria below before you apply for a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Applications that do not meet all of the eligibility criteria will not be accepted.

Applicant eligibility

Citizenship

Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to apply.

Eligibility window for degree completion

No exceptions will be allowed for these eligibility criteria other than those listed below.

Applicants to the 2014–15 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree before the start date of their award and:

  • On a date within the eligibility window of September 24, 2011 through August 15, 2015. Applicants who have not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time of application must do so prior to August 15, 2015 and submit proof no later than September 1, 2015. Applicants who do not submit such proof will be automatically withdrawn from the competition.

  • The window of eligibility can be extended if the applicant had their career interrupted or delayed for the purpose of childrearing, illness, or health-related family responsibilities. The interruption(s)/delay(s) in your career must have occurred after you fulfilled all the requirements of your degree. Note that your eligibility window will only be extended by the duration of the delay(s)/interruption(s), to a maximum of 2 years.

  • Additionally, for health professionals who have engaged in post-degree non-research related clinical training (ie. residency) - the eligibility window can be extended by the duration of the training to a maximum of 2 years.

Justification for extensions must be provided in the Special Circumstances attachment.

"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.

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.

Other eligibility restrictions

  • Applicants who currently hold or have held agency-specific awards at the postdoctoral level are eligible to apply to the 2014–15 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program only if the term of that funding officially ends on or before September 30, 2015 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. For more information, please refer to Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency.
    *Applicants who are successful in both competitions will have to choose which award to accept.
  • Applicants must not hold a tenure-track or tenured faculty position, nor can they be on leave from such a position1.
  • 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. Note that 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.
  • 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. If an applicant chooses to apply in collaboration with the same institution (or its affiliated hospitals, research centres and other laboratories or within the same research environment) at which they obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree, a solid justification – related for example to the availability of highly unique equipment – must be provided in the Special Circumstances attachment. These situations are expected to be exceptionally rare in the context of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program.
  • Applicants can submit only 1 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 1 and no later than October 1 following the year of application
    • are for two years
    • can only be held once in a lifetime
  1. 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).