Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships—Selection Process at York

The Faculty of Graduate Studies is happy to accept nominations for Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, in the form of a Letter of Intent (LOI) package.

Because of the highly competitive nature of this opportunity, an internal selection process is in place, whereby supervisors/candidates must submit a truncated, preliminary version of the application as an LOI (Letter of Intent) on an internal deadline in advance of the agency deadline. All LOI submissions will be reviewed by the York Banting Selection Committee. Successful candidates will then be invited to go forward to the full application stage and submission to the agency.

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 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

The purpose of the Banting program is to attract top-tier postdoctoral applicants—who are recent PhDs from other national and international institutions—as postdoctoral researchers.

The Banting program is unique in its emphasis on the “synergy” between the applicant and the host institution—that is, the close and unique alignment of the supervisor’s research, the applicant’s research, and the institution’s strategic priorities. This “synergy” should therefore guide both the prospective supervisor’s choice of candidate and the nomination package’s points of emphasis.

For important details about the process and timelines for submitting a Banting LOI at York, please see the attached memo: York's Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Process Memo 2019–2020—revised