Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

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

The award is valued at $70,000 a year for 2 years (non-renewable).


Citizenship and location of host institution

  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to apply, provided they meet the following conditions:
    • Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada may only hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution.
    • Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree from a foreign university may only hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution.
    • Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree from a Canadian university may hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at either a Canadian institution or an institution outside of Canada.

Eligibility window for degree completion:

  • Applicants to the 2022-23 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree:
    • between September 15, 2019 and September 30, 2023 (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, 2023.
  • For applicants who have completed more than one PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree, the eligibility window applies to the most recent of these degrees.

Refer to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Eligibility for complete details.

Application Procedures

Potential applicants are encouraged to read all the information and confirm their eligibility on the Banting PDF website prior to preparing a preliminary package. 

Postdoctoral Fellow applicants wishing to apply for the 2022-2023 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) competition must complete this Preliminary Application Package and submit to their Faculty by May 2, 2022. FGSR will not accept packages submitted directly by applicants.

The University uses a two-part process to select a limited number of individuals who will be invited to prepare a full application: 1) Preliminary Application Package submission, and 2) Full Application submission (via ResearchNet). The Preliminary Application Package is for use in the University of Alberta’s internal adjudication to determine which applicants will be invited to prepare a Full Application. This is not the full Banting PDF application; only invited applicants are able to complete the ResearchNet online application.

Adjudication Procedures

All complete and eligible preliminary applications are reviewed by the Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee. A list of recommended applications is chosen to complete a full application for final adjudication at the national level by September 21, 2022. 

Banting will notify all recommended applicants of final decisions by April 2023.


Refer to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Process and Timeline for complete details.

May 02, 2022: Preliminary Application Packages from postdoctoral applicants are due at the Faculty level for initial review.

May 16, 2022: Preliminary Application Packages due at FGSR from Faculties. Applications will not be accepted directly from a researcher and must go through the Faculty for submission.

August  19, 2022: Full package submitted by proposed Supervisor via a New Project Request through the RSO’s Researcher Home Page for department, Faculty, and RSO approval. 

August 29, 2022: Faculty is responsible for ensuring the New Project Request has been approved by all levels and is with the RSO for their review and approval.

August 31, 2022: Faculty is responsible for submitting the following to FGSR: draft Letter of Endorsement and a copy of the complete application. This is required in order to receive the Letter of Endorsement from the FGSR.

The Associate/Vice Dean (Research) of the corresponding Faculty will be responsible for ensuring the entire package is reviewed and polished by the final deadline. Referee letters should be solicited if not already done, and points to address in the letter should be provided to referees. The Associate/Vice Dean (Research) must clearly explain to referees the requirement that all references must be uploaded to ResearchNet by the referee by the deadline or the entire application cannot be submitted.

September 9, 2022: FGSR will forward the Letter of Endorsement to the applicant for submission to ResearchNet as part of the full application.

Early to mid September, 2022: Reference letters must be uploaded to ResearchNet directly by referees. The deadline date for submission is set by the applicant and will be noted on ResearchNet’s online referee assessment page.

September 21, 2022: Full application submitted by nominee to Banting Secretariat via ResearchNet by 8:00 p.m EDT (6:00 pm MDT).  

Mid-February 2023: Results of the 2022-2023 competition will be announced by the Banting Secretariat (anticipated date).

April – October 2023: Banting PDF’s take up their appointments