Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA)
Needles Hall, second floor, room 2201
Please note: Information and dates may be revised depending on further information from the agency and resources available.
The information contained on this web page pertains to the 2023 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships competition and the internal administration and evaluation process at the University of Waterloo.
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) Program was created to attract and retain top-tier national and international postdoctoral scholars, to develop their leadership potential and to 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.
With only 70 available annually, this fellowship is the most prestigious and competitive of those offered by the Federal Government. The Fellowship program is administered by and distributed equally among Canada’s three federal granting agencies:
The Banting PDF is valued at $70,000 per year (taxable) for two years and is open to eligible Canadian and international scholars.
Interested applicants must complete the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program application, available in ResearchNet, in collaboration with the proposed host institution. Without exception, Banting PDFs are tenable ONLY at the institution that supported the original application.
In an effort to support researchers in broadening their research horizons and seeking new challenges and opportunities, the Banting program strongly encourages candidates to pursue this fellowship at an institution where they are not currently or have not been previously affiliated (e.g., current or previous PhD student or postdoctoral scholar).
An institution is not provided with a quota of fellowships it can host. Institutions are, however, required to be strategic in determining the number of applicants they endorse, given the limited number of fellowships that are awarded. The selection process within institutions is a rigorous one. To provide guidance on potential candidates’ likelihood of success, the following summarizes the qualifications of recent Banting recipients at the University of Waterloo:
Canadian citizens, permanent residents and international scholars are eligible to apply for the Banting PDF.
Interested applicants must review the official eligibility criteria and selection criteria on the official Banting PDF website before starting their application.
Applicants can apply for both the Banting PDF and other agency-specific postdoctoral fellowship opportunities at the same time. An application for the Banting does not automatically mean an application is submitted to the agency-specific postdoctoral fellowship opportunity – applicants must submit a separate application if eligibility requirements are met.
2. Complete the Banting Fellowship Letter of Intent (LOI) form
Scholars interested in applying must complete a Letter of Intent (LOI) form which will be submitted to the proposed Waterloo host faculty member(s). Applicants are encouraged to visit the University of Waterloo faculty/departments/school pages, which provide a list of faculty members and their respective research areas. Applicants should consider the proposed faculty member’s research and the alignment with their own research expertise and background prior to contacting the prospective faculty member.
Prospective applicants may initiate the LOI or a prospective host supervisor may request a candidate to complete the LOI form. Please refer to the appropriate steps below:
3. University of Waterloo faculty member submits an endorsement form; supervisor’s statement
Once the proposed supervisor has agreed to support the candidate’s application, they will complete and submit a Banting endorsement form (recommended deadline to submit endorsement form is June 1, 2023).
Following receipt of the form, staff in Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) will send an email to the applicant inviting them to complete the next steps in the application process (as below).
As part of the application, proposed supervisors will be required to provide a Supervisor’s Statement that emphasizes the academic and professional opportunities that are expected to emerge. A preliminary* Supervisor’s Statement (not to be confused with endorsement form) will be due to Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) by June 28, 2023. (a template will be provided to the proposed supervisor by GSPA)
*A preliminary supervisor’s statement is required in order to assist the institutional selection committee members in making their assessments of the synergy between the applicant and supervisor. For applicants selected for institutional endorsement, feedback will be provided to supervisors in order to fine-tune and finalize their statement before providing it to the applicant for final submission.
4. Applicant creates a ResearchNet and a Canadian Common CV account
All applicants must have a ResearchNet account in order to complete the Banting application. Additionally, a specific Vanier-Banting academic CCV completed on the Canadian Common CV website is required. The CCV will get linked to the Banting application within ResearchNet. Further details about this can be found under Task 4 in the Banting application guide.
5. Applicants select and contact referees
Three referees, one of whom must be at arm’s length to the applicant, are required. Referees must be able to provide relevant evidence, perspectives and insight to support the review of the application based on the selection criteria. The assessments contribute to a major part of the evaluation of the application and its potential success. Applicants should direct their referees to the official agency website for additional information and instructions.
*Referees must email either a pdf copy of the actual assessment they complete within ResearchNet OR a letter* that addresses the criteria outlined on the agency website.
6. Complete fulfillment of degree requirements form
Applicants must obtain a completed Fulfillment of Degree Requirements Form from the institution that conferred (or will be conferring) the PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree that confirms the date of fulfillment of all degree requirements. For applicants who have not yet completed their PhD degree requirements, Section 2 on the form should be completed by student’s PhD supervisor who should also then sign the form in the “Signature of Authorized Official” section.
7. Refer to the application guide
Applicants must refer to the Application Guide for complete instructions for how to complete the application in ResearchNet and the Common CV. The guide provides essential details for each section of the application.
8. Applicants submit pdf copy of completed application to GSPA
Applicants, who receive approval to proceed with their formal application at the University of Waterloo (see step 3 above), must email a pdf of their Banting PDF application and CCV to Heidi Mussar in GSPA no later than the NON-NEGOTIABLE deadline of 12:00 p.m. EDT on June 28, 2023. The following parts of the application are required by this firm deadline:
Note: the institutional endorsement letter is NOT required at this time. GSPA will provide this letter, along with a finalized Supervisor’s Statement, to applicants selected for institutional endorsement.
GSPA makes application packages available for evaluation by the institutional Banting selection committee.
A shortlist of candidates will be identified by the beginning of August. Feedback will be provided to the candidates and proposed host supervisors who will have the opportunity to strengthen the application material and supervisor’s statement and re-submit by the end of August.
Selection committee will reconvene to review re-submitted applications and finalize endorsed candidates after which final feedback will be provided. Any outstanding documentation (i.e., institutional letter of endorsement and finalized supervisor statement) is provided to the endorsed applicants prior to the agency deadline of 8:00 p.m. EDT on September 20, 2023. Applicants who receive institutional endorsement are responsible for submitting ALL material into ResearchNet by this deadline.
For a complete timeline regarding Waterloo’s process, please visit the link below.
Visit Waterloo’s Banting PDF timeline for details.
Updated April 20, 2023
Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA)
Needles Hall, second floor, room 2201
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