Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

** Please note the revised application procedures and deadlines **


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 objectives of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program are 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 of Award - $70,000 per year (taxable) for two years.

Eligibility for 2019-2020:

  • The Banting fellowship program is open to both national and international students
  • Applicants to the 2019-20 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), 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, 2020. Applicants who do not submit such proof will be automatically withdrawn from the competition.
  • Supervisors should not nominate current McGill graduate students to hold a Banting at McGill.

For more details, please consult: Applicant eligibility

Faculty of Medicine Internal Application Procedures:

The Faculty of Medicine conducts a two-step internal competition to pre-select its candidates for the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships competition.

Step 1: Prospective McGill Banting applicants should submit the following to [at]

  1. The applicant's standard CV (not CCV)
  2. Supervisor's Letter of Support (maximum 2 pages)
  3. Applicant’s one-page research statement outlining his/her proposed postdoctoral research program   
  4. The names of the three proposed referees, including the applicant’s association to them. At least one referee must be an arm's length referee.                                                                  

Please e-mail these materials as a single PDF attachment to [at] by noon on Monday, May 27, 2019.

Based on the materials submitted, the Faculty of Medicine Selection Committee will invite 6-8 candidates to prepare full applications to forward to the national competition. Prospective supervisors and applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by June 7th, 2019.

Step 2: If the applicant is selected by the Faculty of Medicine to prepare a full application, the research proposal will be 4 pages and include the following elements:

  • the objectives and significance of your proposed research program
  • the contribution that your research will make to the advancement of knowledge
  • how the proposed research program is situated within relevant scholarly literature
  • the theoretical approach or framework that will be used
  • the research question(s) and/or hypothesis(es)
  • the methodology and why it was chosen
  • the plan to disseminate the findings and/or enhance the potential for impact

As ‘fit with the institution’ is a key element in the Banting selection process, the prospective supervisor's support letter should clearly describe the complementarities between the applicant's research program and McGill's and the faculty's resources and research priorities. See McGill’s Strategic Research Plan and the Faculty of Medicine’s Strategic Research Plan.

Selected applicants will submit a complete* version of their Banting application, -i.e. a PDF of the ResearchNet application - to the Faculty of Medicine Review Committee via email to [at] by noon July 15, 2019.  The FoM Review Committee will provide feedback/review of the complete applications to ensure a successful submission. 

GPS will draft the Institutional Endorsement Letters and send them electronically to nominated applicants in late September 2019.

* Applicants:

Please note that referee letters must be submitted with the full application package for review - please make your referees aware of the July 15th, 2019 deadline to submit to the Faculty of Medicine. Referee assessment must be submitted to [at] by the referee as a PDF by the July 15 deadline - no other version will be accepted.

The "complete" version must be a PDF of the ResearchNet application. Incomplete or incorrect format will be removed and not submitted.

* Supervisors:

Please note that the supervisor's statement page limit has been reduced to 4 pages - this attachment is part of the full-proposal submission on ResearchNet and should follow the guidelines provided by Banting.


 Key dates and deadlines

  • May 27th, 2019 (noon) - Pre-selection documents due by noon to [at] as one single PDF

  • June 7th, 2019 - Prospective supervisors and applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision. Selected applicants will start to prepare their full application. Documents from selected applicants will be forwarded to GPS by the Faculty.

  • June 13th, 2019 - Supervisor's Information Session.

  • July 15th, 2019 (noon) – Complete* version of the Banting application (one single PDF) needs to be sent to the Faculty via email to the Graduate Studies Administrator- [at]  A Faculty Review Committee will review the full application and send feedback, if applicable.  The "complete" version must be a single PDF of the ResearchNet application - no other version will be accepted.  Incomplete or incorrect format will be removed and not submitted*

  • August 1st, 2019 (noon) - If changes have been requested, re-submit a revised, complete version (one single PDF) of the Banting application to Faculty via email to the Graduate Studies Administrator- [at]

  • August 5th, 2019 - Complete application to be submitted to GPS by the Faculty.

  • September 17th, 2019 - Institutional Endorsement Letters will be sent electronically to nominated applicants with a copy to Supervisor.

  • September 18th, 2019 at 8:00 PM EDT- National Banting Fellowship application deadline


Other Important Dates

  • June 1 - July 1, 2019 (TBC) - Selected applicants must participate in person or via Skype a Banting application workshop offered by Graphos (McGill's Writing Centre)
  • June 13, 2019  - Mandatory Supervisor Information Session (facilitated by Dr. Josephine Nalbantoglu). GPS will send the invitation.


For more information, please contact [at] Please also consult the Banting website and McGill’s GPS website for further details on the fellowship and for the responsibilities of the applicant, supervisor and other university offices. On the Banting website, it is especially important to review the selection criteria – Section: 3.1.3 Review and pre-scoring of applications.  This tells you what the National Banting Reviewers are looking for.