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Government of Canada Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program in Canada for 2023/2024

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program offers support to the top postdoctoral candidates from throughout the world who will significantly advance the nation’s social, economic, and scientific advancement.

Each year, 70 fellowships are given out. There are about 140 prizes available at any given moment. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) each get an equal number of fellowships.

About the Government of Canada

The entity in charge of Canada’s federal government is known as the Government of Canada (Gouvernement du Canada in French). In a constitutional monarchy, the Crown has three separate functions: the administrative functions of the Crown in Council, the legislative functions of the Crown in Parliament, and the judicial functions of the Crown on the Bench. The Privy Council, often known as the Cabinet, the Parliament, and the Judiciary are the three organizations that handle the Crown’s business, respectively.


The executive branch of government, officially known as His Majesty’s Government (French: Gouvernement de Sa Majesté) and corporately branded as the Government of Canada, is referred to as the Government of Canada (French: Gouvernement du Canada). This includes ministers of the Crown who work together in the Cabinet and the federal civil service, which is under the Cabinet’s direction. 

The Canadian government employs more than 300,000 people across more than 100 departments and organizations. These organizations implement the policies and uphold the legislation issued by the Canadian Parliament. The Constitution Act of 1867, which created the Confederation, established the federal government’s structure and organizational framework, with the Canadian Crown serving as “the most fundamental building block” of its Westminster-style parliamentary democracy. King Charles III is the head of state and is directly represented by the governor general, who is presently Mary Simon. 

A prime minister (currently Justin Trudeau) is the head of state and is chosen by the monarch to form a government after winning the support of the House of Commons. This is typically done by electing enough members of a single political party to win a majority of seats in a federal election, thereby establishing a governing party. The remainder of the Canadian constitution outlines additional aspects of government, such as written legislation, court decisions, and unwritten customs forged over centuries. These parts of government also include written statutes.

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program – Aims and Benefits


The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program aims to: 

  • draw in and keep elite postdoctoral talent from both domestic and foreign sources; 
  • foster their capacity for leadership; and 
  • prepare them for success as the next generation of research leaders.


The annual fellowship value is $70,000 (taxable). No additional funding is given for travel or study.

Eligibility for Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

  • People who match the requirements listed below may apply, including Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and foreign nationals:
  1. The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship may only be held at a Canadian institution by applicants who are neither Canadian citizens nor permanent residents of Canada.
  2. Candidates who possess Canadian citizenship or permanent residency and who earned their Ph.D., PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree from a foreign university are only permitted to hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship in a Canadian institution.
  3. Candidates who possess Canadian citizenship or permanent residency and who earned their Ph.D., PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree from a Canadian university are eligible to hold a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at either a Canadian institution or an institution outside of Canada.
  • All qualifications for a Ph.D., PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree must be met or have been met for applicants to the 2023–24 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program:

before their award’s commencement date, between September 15, 2020, and September 30, 2024 (all dates combined).

  • Applicants who at the time of application have not completed all criteria for their degree must provide evidence by October 15, 2024.
  • The eligibility window only applies to the most recent Ph.D., PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree for candidates who have earned more than one of these degrees.

Application Procedure

Applicants are required to create and submit applications. The applicant must make sure the application is accurate and comprehensive. This involves making sure that all paperwork from the host university and referee evaluations have been sent in. If you’re interested in the scholarship, follow the application instructions.

Submission Deadline

September 20, 2023

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