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Banting Post-doctoral Fellowship

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships competition for 2018 is official open at the SickKids Research Institute.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides generous funding: $70,000 per year for two years, to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research based growth. Previous SickKids Banting Fellows and nominees have moved into principal investigator and senior scientist positions at the University of Toronto, Northwestern University, PepsiCo, Dalhousie University and Washington University in St. Louis.

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

70 fellowships are awarded annually, with a total of up to 140 awards active at any time. Fellowships are distributed equally among CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC. The program is open to PhDs, MDs, and health professionals.

The SickKids Research Training Centre, which coordinates the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship competition in the SickKids Research Institute, encourages all SickKids scientists to identify top-quality senior doctoral students and junior postdoctoral fellows who may be good candidates for the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship and work with them to prepare an Expression of Interest (EOI). 

We strongly encourage scientists to identify candidates from across the Canadian and international research communities, and for exceptional research fellows interested in holding a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship to self-identify to the scientist they'd be interested in working with. 

While the Banting program places an emphasis on attracting new talent to Canada, retention is also a goal and postdoctoral fellows within the first two years of a fellowship at SickKids (and within five years of PhD/MD/health professional degree conferral) are eligible to be nominated. As the Banting program privileges mobility and a breadth of experience, an extremely strong rationale will need to be provided for putting forward a nominee who has previously pursued or is currently pursuing master’s, doctoral, or postdoctoral training at SickKids or the University of Toronto.

Internal Review Process

All Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship applications must be reviewed and approved by the Banting Committee and the Chief of Research prior to submission. Any applications not entered into the application and review process outlined below will not be approved for submission to the Banting Secretariat. 

As SickKids does not have a quota for Banting submissions, all competitive applications will be recommended for nomination to the national competition. The success rate for SickKids’ nominated Banting Fellows is over 46 per cent.

Application, Review, and Submission Process

The 2018 competition is open as of Tuesday, May 1

  • Expressions of interest are due Friday, June 22   
  • Internal Banting committee review Late June
  • Invitation to submit full application Late June/early July
  • Deadline to submit full application Monday, August 6
  • Second round committee review Mid-August 
  • Committee feedback meeting with applicant and potential supervisor Mid- to late August 
  • Review and revision of application and institutional documents Mid-August to mid-September
  • Applicant submits application to Banting via ResearchNet  Wednesday, September 19

Banting EOI Application

To submit an Expression of Interest for the 2018 SickKids Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship competition, please complete an EOI here.


Please email the Research Training Centre at research.trainingcentre@sickkids.ca