Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

 

Purpose

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships ​Program is intended to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally; develop their leadership potential; and position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career.

Seventy fellowships are awarded annually, divided evenly between Canada’s three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC). There are a total of 140 awards active at any one time.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is unique in its emphasis on the synergy of research goals and projects between the following:

  • applicant—individual merit and potential to launch a successful research-intensive career
  • host institution—commitment to the research program and alignment with the institution’s strategic priorities


Value and Duration

$70,000 per year for two years


Eligibility

Applicants and the proposed host institution must meet specific eligibility criteria within several categories. Applications that do not meet all of the eligibility criteria will not be accepted. View complete requirements on the Banting website.

  1. Applicant eligibility:
    • Citizenship and location of host institution
    • Eligibility window for degree completion
  2. Host institution eligibility
  3. Other eligibility restrictions​


Selection Criteria

Applications received by Banting will be evaluated based on the following selection criteria. Applicants, supervisors, departments, and faculties are encouraged to consider these criteria when developing their applications and when selecting nominees to be forwarded:

  1. Research excellence and leadership in the research domain – demonstrated capacity for research excellence based on track record as defined by quality of applicant’s research contributions, and demonstrated capacity for leadership in the research domain defined by the sphere of influence achieved to date by the applicant.
  2. Quality of the applicant’s proposed research program – examined in terms of the potential of the proposed research program (taking into consideration feasibility, timelines and novelty of research), executed in the proposed institutional environment, to position the applicant for significant impact through a research-intensive career (potential for significant impact).
  3. Institutional commitment and demonstrated synergy between applicant and institutional strategic priorities – examined in terms of:
    • demonstrated commitment of institution to support the development of the applicant’s research and leadership capacity through institutional support (funding, facilities, equipment, etc.) and professional development; and
    • demonstrated alignment and synergy between the applicant’s research ambitions and the institution’s potential to benefit strategically from its engagement with the applicant (alignment with institution’s strategic priorities)

See the Banting Postdoctoral Fellows selection committee guide for further information.​

** For further information about Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program at the U of T, please visit School of Graduate Studies' website (https://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/awards/banting-postdoctoral-fellowships-program/). **


Application Process

Applicants who intend to hold their fellowships at UTM, must submit their applications through UTM. The School of Graduate Studies determines how many applications the UTM Office of the Vice-Principal can put forward for submission to the Banting Competition; for example, in 2019 UTM was allowed to forward 2 submissions.

  • **NEW** Notice of Intent:

In order to faciliate the review process, UTM faculty members are required to fill out an online Notice of Intent (here) by July 15 (approximately, to be confirmed). If applicant is no longer interested in submitting a full application, please notify the OVPR by email to rong.wu@utoronto.ca.

  • UTM Internal Deadline: 

By UTM internal deadline (approximately early August, to be confirmed), applicants are required to submit a copy of the following documents for the internal competition in one single .PDF document in the following order to rong.wu@utoronto.ca:

1. Application form, which must be initiated through the ResearchNet Application System (https://www.researchnet-recherchenet.ca/rnr16/LoginServlet?language=E) .
2. Candidate’s Canadian Common CV created using the Common CV system 
(https://ccv-cvc.ca/indexresearcher-eng.frm).
3. Research proposal (include choice of institution).
4. Significance of research contribution.
5. Significance of leadership contribution.
6. Supervisor’s statement.
 
Please note:
1. At this point, reference letters are not required for this stage of the application. If an application is selected to be advanced to the School of Graduate Studies for the Banting competition, then reference letters will be required.
2. All applicants should clearly justify their choice of host institution and supervisor, and they should highlight the anticipated benefits with respect to fulfilling their career aspirations. If they have already been at the proposed host institution for more than 6 months, they must justify their decision to remain at the same location.
 

Adjudication Process

The OVPR will establish an internal adjudication process to review and adjudicate the Banting applications, and will notify the results of UTM internal competition to faculty supervisors by the end of August (approximately, to be confirmed).

Successful applicants from UTM internal competition can continue working on their Banting applications, and will receive letter of endorsement from the School of Graduate Studies in September. They should submit their completed applications via ReserchNet by the deadline from Banting. Results of their Banting applications will be sent to applicants around mid-February directly from Banting.