Office of Post-Doctoral Training



Post-Doctoral Training

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Banting Post-doctoral Fellowship

Queen's Internal Procedures for 2020/21

Banting PDF objective

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

Value and duration: $70,000 per year for 2 years

Selection Criteria

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

Full application details and eligibility criteria on the Banting website

Eligibility window for degree completion:

Applicants to the 2021-2022Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree:

  • between September 15, 2018 and September 30, 2022 (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, 2022.

Allowable extensions to eligibility window

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

  • Parental leave
  • Illness
  • Health-related family responsibilities
  • Mandatory military service
  • disruptions due to war, civil conflicts, and/or natural disasters in the country of residence
  • socio-economic reasons 

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.

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 Special circumstances.

"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 defence corrections and thesis deposition. It is not the convocation date.

Queen's Internal Procedure and Timeline:

April, 2021 Competition Launch 

June 16, 11:59 pm EDT: Letter of intent (LOI) package to be submitted to Queen's Office of Post-Doctoral Training (OPDT). LOI package contains:

  • Vanier-Banting Academic CV of applicant (via Canadian Common CV, see below for instructions)
  • 1 page statement of proposed research + max. 1 page of references/bibliography (developed with supervisor). This research statement does not need to include its own lay abstract, but please keep in mind that your statement will be read by non-specialist readers. Please use the Banting guidelines for Research Proposals as a reference.
  • 1 page supervisor statement: Use Banting Application Guide as a reference
  • Applicants who are planning to stay in the same research environment where they completed their PhD must also submit a brief letter of justification in accordance with the Banting eligibility requirements. 

Submit packages in PDF (one file) to Heather Merla at
Please note: due to timeline constraints we cannot accept late submissions.

Review Timeline:

June 17 - July 9, 2021: Internal committee (consisting of Associate Deans Research or delegates) selects candidates to put forward.

July 12, 2021: Applicants are informed of committee decision

July 12 - August 19, 2021 : Selected Candidates finalize application package and submit full application package to OPDT no later than August 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm EDT. Please submit the full application package in a single PDF document via email to

August 20 - September 10, 2021: Final review of full applications.

September 15, 2021: Dean of Queen's School of Graduate Studies provides institutional letter of endorsement if final application meets all requirements.

September 22, 2021, 20:00 EDT: Candidate submits final application via ResearchNet, confirms submission via email to


Instructions for Vanier-Banting Academic CV

  • Follow instructions in the Banting Application Guide to set up a Canadian Common CV account.
  • To access the Banting CV template after logging in, select “Funding” from the “CV” dropdown menu, then select “Vanier-Banting” as the Funding Source and “Vanier-Banting Academic” as the CV Type.
  • To save a draft PDF version of your Vanier-Banting Academic CV, which is all that is required for Queen's internal selection process, click the “Preview” button. (Note: If you press “Submit”, this will generate a “final” PDF version of your CV which can be accessed by clicking the “History” tab at the top of the page. This version is acceptable, but not necessary, for internal submission.)
  • There may be several places to enter the same information. Choose the most logical section and enter the information only once

Ensure attached documents meet presentation standards 

Please refer to the Banting website for formatting information.

For questions about this process please email Heather Merla, Coordinator of Communications and Post-Doctoral Training, School of Graduate Studies at