Canada

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

About the Government of Canada:

The Government of Canada, also known as “Gouvernement du Canada” in French, is the governing entity of Canada’s federal government. Canada operates as a constitutional monarchy with three distinct functions of the Crown: 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. These functions are carried out by the Privy Council (Cabinet), Parliament, and the Judiciary, respectively.

The executive branch of government, officially referred to as His Majesty’s Government (French: Gouvernement de Sa Majesté) and corporately branded as the Government of Canada, consists of ministers of the Crown who collaborate in the Cabinet, as well as the federal civil service operating under the direction of the Cabinet.

Canada’s federal government comprises more than 300,000 employees working across over 100 departments and organizations. These entities implement government policies and uphold legislation enacted by the Canadian Parliament. The federal government’s structure and organizational framework were established by the Constitution Act of 1867, which created the Confederation. The Canadian Crown serves as the fundamental building block of Canada’s Westminster-style parliamentary democracy.

The head of state is King Charles III, who is represented by the governor general, currently Mary Simon. The head of government is the prime minister, presently Justin Trudeau. The prime minister is chosen by the monarch to form a government after securing the support of the House of Commons.

About the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program:

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is a prestigious initiative that aims to support outstanding postdoctoral researchers from around the world. These researchers are expected to make significant contributions to Canada’s social, economic, and scientific progress. Annually, 70 fellowships are awarded, with approximately 140 fellowships available at any given time. The fellowships are equally distributed among three Canadian research funding 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).

Aims and Benefits:

Aims:

  • Attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent from both domestic and international sources.
  • Foster their leadership capabilities.
  • Prepare them for success as the next generation of research leaders.

Benefits:

  • Each Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship has an annual value of $70,000 (taxable).
  • No additional funding is provided for travel or study.

Eligibility for Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program:

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and foreign nationals are eligible.
  • The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship may only be held at a Canadian institution by applicants who are neither Canadian citizens nor permanent residents of Canada.
  • Candidates with Canadian citizenship or permanent residency who earned their Ph.D., PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree from a foreign university can only hold their fellowship in a Canadian institution.
  • Candidates with Canadian citizenship or permanent residency who earned their Ph.D., PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree from a Canadian university are eligible to hold a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship either in Canada or at an institution outside Canada.
  • All degree requirements for a Ph.D., PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree must be met or have been met between September 15, 2020, and September 30, 2024 (inclusive).
  • Applicants who have not completed all degree requirements at the time of application must provide evidence by October 15, 2024.
  • The eligibility window applies to the most recent Ph.D., PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree for applicants with multiple such degrees.

Application Procedure for Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program:

Applicants must create and submit their applications, ensuring that they are accurate and complete. This includes verifying that all required documentation from the host university and referee assessments have been submitted. Interested applicants can find detailed application instructions here.

Submission Deadline for Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program:

The submission deadline for the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is September 20, 2023.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to visit the official Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program website for comprehensive application details and to ensure they meet all eligibility criteria.