Postdoc Awards and Funding

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program 

As the most prestigious postdoctoral award in Canada, the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program provides the opportunity to bring top talent to join the research community at UBC.

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded to the very best postdoctoral researchers, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth.

At UBC, the internal Banting selection process is managed by the Postdoctoral Fellows Office. For official information, regulations and procedures, visit the Banting website.

To access the Vanier-Banting Academic CV template, visit the Canadian Common CV (CCV) site.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

  • Deadline: TBA: Likely July 11, 2023 
  • Annual Value: $70,000 
  • Award Status: Closed 

Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize 

The Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prizes are awarded annually for excellence in research. Established in 2011, the Killam PDF Prize is in memory of Izaak Walton Killam and his wife, Dorothy Johnston Killam, who together created the Killam trusts. Two prizes in the amount of $5,000 each are awarded to full-time Postdoctoral Fellows at UBC in recognition of outstanding research and scholarly contributions while at UBC.

Nominations for the Killam PDF Prize are made to the Dean’s Office of their appointing faculty, and faculties submit their nominations to the College of Graduate Studies. Eligibility, procedures and deadlines can be found in the Killam PDF Research Prize Guidelines. Evaluation guidelines can be found in the Killam PDF Research Prize Evaluation Guidelines.

Faculties must submit completed packages in one single PDF file, labelled ‘Faculty Name – Candidate Lastname, Firstname’ in the following order:

  • Nomination Form
  • Nomination Letter
  • Nominee CV
  • Support Letter 1
  • Support Letter 2

Once nominators have carefully read the guidelines, download and submit the Killam PDF Prize Nomination Form and required attachments to your respective Dean’s Office.

  • Deadline: TBA 
  • Annual Value: $5,000 
  • Award Status: Closed 

Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

The Killam Scholarship and Prize Programmes were established in memory of Izaak Walton Killam through the Will of his wife, Dorothy Johnston Killam, and through gifts made during her lifetime. Their primary purpose is to support advanced education and research at five Canadian universities and the Canada Council for the Arts.

The UBC Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are provided annually from the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies and are available for most fields of research. It was Mrs. Killam’s desire that those selected to receive fellowships: “be likely to contribute to the advancement of learning or to win distinction in a profession. A Killam scholar should not be a one-sided person… Special distinction of intellect should be founded upon sound character.”

The number of new awards offered each year presently varies between three and five.

  • Deadline: TBA: Likely November 17, 2023
  • Annual Value: $50,000 annually for up to two years; plus travel and a research allowance of $4,000 total 
  • Award Status: Open