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August 29, 2015
Canadian Excellence

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies


Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

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
Refer to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship website for complete details.

Value and Duration of Award

  • $70,000 per year (taxable) for two years (non-renewable)


  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents and foreign citizens are eligible to apply
  • must have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD between September 23, 2012 and August 15, 2016 (refer to Banting website for exceptions)
  • are held only at the institution which supported the original application for the program
  • must be taken up no earlier than April 1 and no later than October 1 following the year of application
  • are for two years
  • can only be held once in a lifetime

*complete eligibility guidelines are available on the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship website

Selection Criteria

  • Research excellence and leadership in the research domain
  • Quality of the applicant's proposed research program
  • Institutional commitment and demonstrated synergy between applicant and institutional strategic priorities

Application Process

Notice of Intent, including the following items, to be submitted to by August 21, 2015.

  1. Canadian Common CV

  2. All postsecondary education transcripts

  3. Description of career aspirations and rationale for desire to pursue a postdoctoral research experience at WLU and in association with the proposed supervisor; highlight the benefits expected with respect to fulfilling career aspirations (maximum 1 page)

  4. Research proposal (maximum 4 pages)
  • the objectives and significance of your proposed research program
  • the contribution that your research will make to the advancement of knowledge
  • how the proposed research program is situated within relevant scholarly literature
  • the theoretical approach or framework that will be used
  • the research question(s) and/or hypothesis(es)
  • the methodology and why it was chosen
  • the plan to disseminate the findings and/or enhance potential for impact
      5.  Submission from proposed supervisor (maximum 3 pages)
  • evidence for the suitability of the match with reference to the supervisor's area of research and contributions
  • proposed research environment (funding, facilities/resources and personnel available to support the applicant)
  • demonstrated synergy between the applicant and institutional strategic priorities

Applicants will be notified of the pre-selection results by September 2, 2015.  Successful applicants will be asked to submit their final application by September 23, 2015.

Questions?  Contact Dr. Matthew Smith, Associate Dean, Postdoctoral Affairs