The program aims to increase Canadian capacity for research excellence and has the following specific objectives:

  • attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, nationally and internationally
  • develop their leadership potential
  • position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow

Interested candidates are required to apply in full collaboration with their proposed host institution showing the host’s commitment to their research program and its alignment with their strategic priorities. This requirement for institutional commitment and demonstrated synergy between applicant and institutional strategic priorities is unique to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is administered by Canada’s three research granting councils: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Visit the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Program website to learn more about the program.

Why UM excels at research

UM is the region's largest research-intensive university. Our researchers attracted more than $160 million in sponsored research income annually. We are also home to an allocation of 52 Canada Research Chairs, a Canada 150 Research Chair, a Canada Excellence Research Chair and Laureate.

Our campus communities are comprised of close to 30,000 students; 9,000 faculty and staff and over 140,000 alumni. Located in Winnipeg, a vibrant prairie city with a population exceeding 700,000, we boast world-class arts and entertainment, professional sports teams and an affordable, balanced lifestyle.

Equity, diversity and inclusion

UM is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

If candidates require accommodation supports during the search process, please contact:

Valerie Williams
Diversity and Inclusion Consultant

Application process and deadlines

Please note that this is a two-part process consisting of a Preliminary Package and a Full Application.

Following the internal UM adjudication (see Scoring Criteria below), a limited number of applicants who want to work with a supervisor at UM will be invited move forward to prepare a Full Application for submission to the Banting Secretariat. 

  • Launch of 2020 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Preliminary Packages from applicants due at the Faculty level
  • Preliminary Packages due to the Office of Research Services (ORS) from Faculties
  • Note: Faculties/units must establish their own internal deadline prior to this date
  • Aug. 10, 2020 -
    Aug. 31, 2020
    Preliminary Package Review Process
  • ORS makes Preliminary Packages available to appropriate agency-based subcommittee members for their internal adjudication
  • Agency-based subcommittees select applications to prepare full packages
  • ORS contacts applicants to advise if they are being invited to submit a Full Application
  • Subcommittee feedback on content is provided by ORS to those applicants going forward
  • Sep. 1, 2020 -
    Sep. 21, 2020
    Full application preparation
  • Nominees work with named supervisor to develop their full application. UM faculty-based Research Facilitators are available to review complete, and close to final, applications as time permits.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Faculty submits application to ORS
  • Faculty/unit is responsible for submitting to ORS:
    • final draft letter of endorsement
    • complete application
    • funding approval application form (FAAF)
  • This is required in order for the nominee to receive the letter of support from the Vice-President (Research and International) (VPRI)

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Letter of support finalized by ORS & provided to nominee for inclusion in full application
  • Full application submission - with letter of support from VPRI - by 20:00 EDT
  • Feb. 1, 2021 -
    Feb. 28, 2021
    Results of 2020 competition received & applicants notified
  • Apr. 1, 2021 -
    Oct. 31, 2021
    Successful Banting Fellowship recipients take up their appointments

UM Banting Committee scoring criteria

Rate each of the three criteria below, from a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 10:

  1. Research excellence and leadership in the research domain [1 to 10]
    • Track record of applicant (research history, excellence and productivity, impact of their research)
  2. Quality of proposed research program [1 to 10]
    • Promise and quality of the proposed research program (feasibility, timelines, novelty)
    • Proposed institutional environment
    • Career aspirations of the applicant
    • Potential for significant impact
    • Rationale for why the applicant is working with the proposed supervisor and at the proposed institution)
  3. Institutional commitment and demonstrated synergy between the applicant and the institutional strategic priorities [1 to 10]
    • Institutional commitment (funding, equipment, personnel)
    • Professional development opportunities for the applicant (above and beyond what would be provided for regular PDFs)
    • Institutional research capacity in the applicant’s proposed research – ability to provide an excellent environment
    • Alignment and synergy between the applicant’s research ambitions and the institution’s strategic priorities
    • How will the institution strategically benefit from engaging with this applicant?

Each of the three criteria are weighted equally. Total score is out of 30.

UM Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships contact: