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Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • 2019 International Policy Ideas Challenge

    Global Affairs Canada, in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), is pleased to announce the fourth edition of the International Policy Ideas Challenge. The objective of the program is to draw on the network of talented Canadian graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and early-career civil society researchers to identify concrete, innovative solutions to emerging international policy challenges faced by Canada.


    Ten winning projects will receive $3,000 each 


    International policy challenges


    March 29, 2019

    Application details

    Please visit the International Policy Ideas Challenge website for full application details.

  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

    The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants 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.

    Note: 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 eligibility criteria, application guide and terms of the award are available on the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships website.

    Applicants to the 2018-2019 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree:

    • between September 15, 2015 and September 30, 2019 (inclusively), and
    • 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, 2019.

    While candidates already conducting research as postdoctoral fellows at UOIT 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 application deadline

    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at noon (EST)

    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:

    Referee letters

    Referees must submit a copy of their letter to the university at by the internal application deadline of August 1, 2018 at noon (EST) for the university selection process. We will not accept references 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 are encouraged to keep a copy of their submitted letters.

    It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide referees with the information that they require in order to complete their assessments and ensure submission prior to the institution 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 candidates who are successful in the university selection process. 

    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