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Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

    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.

    The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is to:

    • Attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally.
    • Develop their leadership potential.
    • Position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow.

    An applicant to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must complete their application in full collaboration with the proposed host institution.

    Current or prospective postdoctoral fellows interested in holding a Banting PDF at another institution should check their website for process and deadlines.

    Complete details of the eligibility criteria, application guide and terms of the award can be found on the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships website.


    Applicants to the 2019-2020 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree:

    • Between September 15, 2016 and September 30, 2020 (inclusively).
    • Before the start date of their award.

    Applicants who have not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time of application must submit proof no later than October 15, 2020.

    While candidates already conducting research as postdoctoral fellows at Ontario Tech University are eligible, you must provide an extensive justification for the decision to remain at the same institution. There should be a direct correlation between the strength of the justification and the amount of time already spent at the institution.

    Only in exceptionally rare circumstances will a Banting PDF 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.

    For complete details of the eligibility criteria, visit the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships website.

    Fellowships are distributed among:


    $70,000 per year (taxable)


    • Internal university application deadline: July 31, 2019 (12 noon)
    • External Tri-agency application deadline: September 18, 2019 (8 p.m.)

    Application process

    While the detailed application guide can be found on the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships website, below is a brief overview of the university’s process:

    This submission deadline includes referee letters to be submitted directly by the referee to

    The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies does not have access to applicants' ResearchNet accounts.

    Referee letters

    Referees must submit a copy of their letter to by the internal application deadline of July 31, 2019 at 12 noon for the university selection process. We will not accept reference letters submitted directly by the candidate, unless received in a signed and sealed envelope.

    Referees submitting online to the candidate’s Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships application should keep an electronic copy of their submitted letters.

    It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide referees with the information that they need in order to complete their assessments and ensure submission to the university prior to the university’s internal deadline.

    University endorsement letter

    The majority of the application can be completed, with the exception of the institutional endorsement letter. This will be provided to the candidate(s) successful in the university selection process. Successful candidates will then be able to complete their application by the September 18, 2019 Tri-Agency deadline.

    Additional information

     The 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.
    • Cannot be held concurrently with another Tri-Agency training award.
    • Can only be held once in a lifetime.

    The university is committed to consideration for equity and diversity at all levels of the selection/recruitment, endorsement and review processes of a Banting application.

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fellowship

    Fellowships provide support for highly qualified applicants in all areas of health research at the post-PhD degree or post-health professional degree stages to add to their experience by engaging in health research either in Canada or abroad.


    $40,000 to $60,000 per year with $5,000 for research support


    Health Research


    November 1, 2018

    Application details

    Please visit the CIHR website for full application details and eligibility criteria.

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Health System Impact Postdoctoral Fellowship

    The Health System Impact (HSI) Fellowship program provides highly-qualified doctoral trainees and post-doctoral fellows studying health services and policy research (HSPR), or related fields, a unique opportunity to apply their research and analytic talents to critical challenges in health system and related organizations outside of the traditional scholarly setting, and to develop professional experience, new skills, and networks.


    $70,000 per year with $7,500 for professional development and research allowance per year; two-year duration


    Health services and policy research or related field


    April 2, 2019

    Application details

    Please visit the CIHR website for full application details and eligibility criteria.

  • CFN Interdisciplinary Fellowship Program

    The Canadian Frailty Network’s mandate is to develop the next generation of Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) – the scientists and educators, clinicians, and health and social services professionals that will improve care for older adults living with frailty. The CFN Interdisciplinary Fellowship Program goes beyond traditional academic and clinical training opportunities by offering enriched experiential learning and interdisciplinary collaboration.


    $25,000 CFN funding and $25,000 Partner funding per year; one-year duration


    Health Research


    Pre-application deadline: November 13, 2018

    Full Application deadline: December 11, 2018

    Application details

    Please visit the Canadian Frailty Network website for full application and funding details.

  • Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Research Grants

    The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression.


    $15,000 to $40,000 per year; two year duration


    Violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime and family relationships


    August 1

    Application details

    Visit the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation website for additional details.

  • Health Canada Fellowships Program