Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

Award Overview

  • UTSC deadline for submitting a Notice of Intent by July 5, 2024 (5pm)
  • UTSC internal application deadline:  July 12, 2024 (5 pm)
  • Value and Duration:  $70,000 per year for two years​​​
  • Required Legal Status: Domestic or International
  • Results: Mid-February directly from Banting


The 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.

Value and Duration

$70,000/year for a maximum of two years.

Eligibility to Apply

Applicants must confirm that they meet the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program's complete eligibility criteria. Applications that do not meet all the eligibility criteria will not be accepted.

  1. Applicant eligibility:
    • Citizenship and location of host institution
    • Eligibility window for degree completion: Applicants to the 2024–25 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must fulfill or have fulfilled* all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD equivalent or health professional degree: between September 15, 2021, and September 30, 2025 (inclusively) and; before the start date of their award.

      *Fulfillment of all degree requirements refers to the date students complete all the steps required for obtaining their degree, not the convocation date.

  2. Host institution eligibility
  3. Other eligibility restrictions​

To review all new program items and important reminders, please see the 2024-25 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship competition launch memo.

Application Process

The Banting application is initiated by the Applicant through ResearchNet. Postdoc applicants who intend to hold their fellowships at UTSC must submit their applications through UTSC.

The School of Graduate Studies determines how many applications UTSC can put forward for endorsement to the Banting Competition. In 2024, UTSC will be allowed to forward 4 nominations to SGS. 

Nomination process at UTSC

Given the limited number of fellowships awarded annually, SGS encourages Units to carefully consider and support only the highest quality applicants from both Canada and abroad. UTSC asks supervisors to nominate their top candidates. If supervisors have extenuating circumstances to nominate more than one, supervisors should provide the rationale and a ranking of applicants in a separate email to

Supervisors wishing to support a candidate's application to UTSC must submit:

*The UTSC nomination package for each nominee should contain the following materials:

The Banting application is initiated by the Applicant through the ResearchNet Application System with the CV data components created using the Comm​on CV system. The University of Toronto does not have access to applications on ResearchNet. Supervisors must work with applicants and submit the following documents as a single PDF file containing all application materials in the order listed below:

  1. Lay Abstract (max 2000 characters)
  2. Research Proposal (max 4 pages)
  3. Bibliography (max 4 pages)
  4. Signed Supervisor's Statement (max 4 pages)
  5. Statement of Research Contributions (max 1 page)
  6. Statement of Leadership Contributions (max 1 page)
  7. CCV
  8. Fulfillment of Degree form

Please use the file naming convention LastFirstName_Banting2024 and ensure that documents 1-6 include the Applicant's name in the header.

At this point, reference letters are not required for the UTSC internal competition. If an application is selected to advance to the School of Graduate Studies for the Banting competition, then the reference letters must be submitted via ResearchNet.

Both applicants and supervisors should read the SGS tip sheet and the SGS award announcement carefully, as it contains detailed instructions and tips on applying.

UTSC will notify all candidates of the internal competition results. Those selected for the national competition will receive a "letter of endorsement" from SGS by September 9, 2024.

Candidates moving forward to SGS 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 application components are complete (including references) and the application is submitted via ResearchNet by the deadline of September 17, 2024 (20:00 EDT).

Please consult the following documents for details about how to prepare the application:

Selection Criteria

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.​

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