About the fellowship
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the administering agency of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) program and is responsible for the payment of awards in accordance with the policies and regulations outlined in the Tri-Agency Research Training Award Holder’s Guide.
Benefits and deductions
A Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship is a stipend and not a salary. Therefore, it is not eligible for:
- Canada Pension Plan (CPP);
- Employment Insurance (EI); or
- other non-discretionary benefits.
However, institutional policies related to the status of postdoctoral researchers and fellowship payments may differ according to specific legislation and/or institutional policies.
Regardless, other than for taxation purposes, no part of the fellowship can be withheld by the host institution without prior written consent from the fellow.
For more information on income tax related to scholarships and fellowships, please see S1-F2-C3: Scholarships, Research Grants and Other Education Assistance published by the Canada Revenue Agency, or contact the CRA directly.
For questions regarding applying for a visa to work in Canada, please contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Travel and field research
Banting postdoctoral researchers may travel and conduct field research; however, they must continue to be based at their host institution.
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are valued at $70,000 (taxable) per year. There are no additional funds provided for travel/research.
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