Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Update

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 program is jointly administered by Canada's three federal granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Banting Fellowship Recipients in Social Science

FSS candidates put foward:

  • 2018 - Eric Wilkey (with Daniel Ansari, Psychology)
  • 2018 - Angela Meadows (with Rachel Calogero, Psychology)
  • 2017 - Kaitlin Laidlaw (with Mel Goodale, Psychology)
  • 2017 - Moujan Matin (with Andrew Nelson, Anthropology)
  • 2016 - Mark Kersten (with Joanna Quinn, Political Science)
  • 2016 - Scott Krayenhoff (with Jamie Voogt, Geography)

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

Value and Duration: $70,000/year for two years

Number of Awards:  70 fellowships awarded each year

Eligibility:  Please refer to the eligibility guidelines on the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship website.

  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants for the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree between within a specific window – approximately 4 years – see guidelines; and before the start of the award.
  • Only in exceptionally rare circumstances will a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship be awarded to an applicant who is staying at the same institution where they completed their PhD, PhD- equivalent or health professional degree. In such cases, a solid justification – related for example to availability of highly unique equipment - must be provided. Current postdoctoral fellows already at the institution must also justify the decision to continue at the same location.
  • Applicants must not hold a tenure-track or tenured faculty position.

Application Details:  Please refer to the application guide on the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship website.

  • Applicants intending to take up the fellowship at Western should first contact their fellowship supervisor to request the support of their application.
  • Applicants should consult Important Dates for Faculty Deadlines.

Important Dates (updated April 29, 2019):

May 2, 2019 School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) information session and panel discussion on de-mystifying the application and selection process of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships.
June 7, 2019 CV and Letter of Intent (LOI) sent to Pankhuri (

CV component: 
  1. Student CV (CCV is encouraged, but not required)
    *Note: A CCV is required for the full application
  2. Supervisor CV or CCV
LOI description:
  • Brief description of proposed research (500wrds)    
  • Brief description of synergy with (500wrds):
    1. University
    2. Supervisor
    3. Department
    4. Any other relevant points of intersection
CVs and LOIs will be reviewed by a committee of the Dean and Associate Deans of Social Science.
end of June

One candidate (in exceptional circumstances, two) will be asked to go forward, and willl be given further timelines relevant to the full application.  Because of the highly competitive nature of the Banting, the FSS Committee may elect not to send any applicant forward.  There is no selection process at the University-level (SGPS).  Once selected to be a candidate from the Faculty of Social Science, SGPS will work closely with the supervisor and candidate to put together the best application possible.

August 19, 2019

The Faculty will provide a (max one page) draft “Letter of Endorsement”.
The Supervisor will provide a (max five page) “Supervisor Statement
All are encouraged to work closely with SGPS in drafting these documents – please contact Mihaela Harmos (Postdoctoral Services Coordinator)

The August deadline is to ensure a first draft of everything may be reviewed by SGPS prior to the official submission deadline in September.

September 18, 2019 by 8:00pm Banting Fellowship application deadline.
Mid-February Funding decision release.