Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships provide financial support to elite national and international postdoctoral researchers who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth. McMaster University strives to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent. The value of the fellowship is $70,000.00 per year for two years, and distributed equally across CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC Agencies. The award does not include the costs of research.

The 2019 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (Banting PDF) program information and application details are now available on the Banting website.

School of Graduate Studies – Key Deadlines

A two-stage internal review process is in place at McMaster to help identify the strongest applications and to select the most competitive candidates in each research area of CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.

  1. The STAGE ONE Letter of Intent (LOI) package is due to the School of Graduate Studies by email on: Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 10 a.m.
  2. STAGE TWO applications for Stage 1 endorsed candidates are due to the School of Graduate Studies by email on:  Thursday, September 5, 2019, 10 a.m.  

Banting ResearchNet application submission deadline:  Wednesday, September 18, 2019 (8 p.m. EDT)

For more information about how you qualify to submit a Stage One Letter of Intent package, please contact your supervisor/potential supervisor or your department administrator.

Important Information for Proposed Supervisors/Candidates – Financial Support

It is important that faculty members recognize that the Banting Fellowship is a stipend. The award does not include the direct costs of research or benefits. You are encouraged to please help advertise the Banting competition to your faculty and to raise awareness about the required benefits cost, as outlined in the PDF policy. Banting Fellows are considered outside the collective bargaining agreement but there are still benefits to which they are entitled.

The cost of the benefits is the responsibility of the supervisor. The applicant will be unable to continue the application process unless there is a commitment by the supervisor to pay for the cost of the benefits for the 2 year duration of the award.

Eligibility window for degree completion

Applicants to the 2019 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must fulfill (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, 2019.

Allowable extensions to eligibility window (NEW)

The window of eligibility can be extended by a cumulative maximum of two years if the applicant had their career interrupted for one or more of the following reasons:

  • parental leave
  • illness
  • health-related family responsibilities
  • mandatory military service
  • disruptions due to war and/or civil conflicts in the country of residence

"Career interruption" refers to a period of time when the applicant was not working (full-time or part-time) and when their research output was completely interrupted.

Additionally, for health professionals who have engaged in post-degree non-research-related clinical training (e.g., residency), the eligibility window can be extended by the duration of this training.

For other professions that require post-degree, non-research-related training to be certified by a professional body, please consult the Vanier-Banting Secretariat to confirm whether an extension to the eligibility window is allowable.

No other exceptions will be allowed.

Interruptions used to extend the eligibility window for degree completion must have occurred after the fulfilment of your degree requirements and before the application submission deadline.

Justification must be provided in the Special circumstances attachment.

Note:  “Fulfilled all requirements of the degree" refers to the date that the applicant completed all the steps required for obtaining their degree. Although these requirements may vary by institution and degree type, they normally include thesis defense corrections and thesis deposition. The Convocation date is not the completion date.

For full and detailed information on Eligibility Criteria, please visit the Banting website

Email Contacts

If you have questions regarding the McMaster 2019 Banting competition, please send an email to