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 and location of host institution

Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to apply with the following stipulations:

For a list of eligible health professions, please see CIHR’s webpage.

The Banting PDF program previously had a limit of 25% on the number of awards granted to postdoctoral trainees for tenure abroad. This limit has been removed, effective as of the 2017-2018 competition.

Eligibility window for degree completion

Applicants to the 2017-18 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree:

Applicants who have not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time of application must submit proof no later than October 15, 2018.

Allowable extensions to eligibility window

The window of eligibility can be extended by a cumulative maximum of two years if the applicant had their career interrupted for the following reasons:

Additionally, 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.

No other exceptions will be allowed.

Interruptions used to extend the eligibility window for degree completion must have occurred after the fulfilment of your degree requirements and before the application submission deadline.

Justification must be provided in Special circumstances.

"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.

Please contact the Vanier-Banting Secretariat with any questions regarding institutional eligibility well in advance of the submission deadline.

Other eligibility restrictions

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