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The information on this website pertains to the University of Waterloo's application and adjudication process of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships 2018 competition.
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) Program was created to attract and retain top-tier national and international postdoctoral talent, 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. It is open to eligible Canadian and international applicants.
The application process at Waterloo is handled in two steps. The University requires that interested candidates complete a preliminary application web form by 5:00 p.m. EST on June 14, 2018.
Applicants who receive approval to continue with the second step of the application process must e-mail a pdf of their application to Heidi Mussar in Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) by 8:00 p.m. EST on July 19, 2018. Under no circumstances will late applications be considered from prospective applicants or host supervisors. Additional timeline details at Waterloo can be found on the specific timeline web page.
Further details can be found in the critical steps section below.
Interested applicants must complete the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program application, available now 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 have not been previously affiliated.
An institution is not provided with a quota on the number of fellowships it can host. However, institutions are 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:
1. Confirm eligibility
Canadian citizens, permanent residents and international students are eligible to apply for the Banting PDF.
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 – a separate application must be submitted if eligibility requirements are met.
2. Contact the proposed supervisor
Critical components of the Banting assessment are the research interests shared by the candidate and the proposed supervisor, and the expected benefits produced by their collaboration. To find a potential supervisor, prospective postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to visit University of Waterloo department/school or Faculty websites. Once a partnership has been arranged, proposed supervisors will support the candidate’s application through a Supervisor’s Statement that emphasizes the academic and professional opportunities that are expected to emerge.
3. Complete Waterloo's preliminary application
Interested Banting PDF applicants must complete Waterloo’s Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship - preliminary application web form and submit it, along with a PDF copy of their CV, electronically by 5:00 p.m. EST on June 14, 2018. All interested applicants are required to complete this step even if they have already been invited to apply by the proposed supervisor.
The package will be forwarded to the prospective supervisor who must provide his/her support in order for the applicant to proceed with the official application. Applicants will be provided with a decision regarding whether they should continue the application process or not by June 29.
All Banting PDF 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 CV 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. Select and contact referees
Three referees, one of whom must be at arm’s length, 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. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide the referees with the information they require in order to complete an informed and strong assessment.
Referee assessments MUST address the following criteria:
Applicants should contact their proposed referees as soon as possible after they receive confirmation, from Heidi Mussar, to proceed with the official application (see step 3 above).
*Because institutions do not have access to the application documents and referee assessments through ResearchNet, referees MUST send a pdf copy of the actual assessment they complete within ResearchNet, electronically to Heidi Mussar by 8:00 p.m. EST on July 19, 2018. This is required in order to conduct the institutional adjudication of applications.
It is strongly recommended that referees keep a Word copy of their assessment in case feedback is provided after the institutional adjudication and they are required to revise their assessment.
6. 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.
7. Refer to the application guide
Applicants must refer to the step-by-step details found in the Application Guide to assist them in completing their 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 the application process 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 8:00 p.m. EST on July 19, 2018. The following parts of the application (which can all be referenced from the official Application Guide on the Banting PDF website) are required by this firm deadline:
GSPA will compile application packages (including letters of assessment from the three referees and the preliminary “supervisor’s statement”) by July 27, 2018 for access by Faculty Associate Deans, Graduate Studies.
Faculty Associate Deans, Graduate Studies will select and notify GSPA and Department Chairs in August of their top 3 highly competitive candidates who should be brought forward for institutional consideration.
There will be an institutional adjudication of Faculty-selected applications at the beginning of September by a committee comprised of the Associate Vice-President, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, Assistant Vice-Presidents, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs and each of the six Faculty Associate Deans, Graduate Studies. Feedback is then provided to the proposed supervisor and applicants selected for institutional endorsement. 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 19, 2018.
For a complete timeline regarding Waterloo’s process, please visit the link below.
Visit the Waterloo timeline for details.
Questions about the Banting PDF program can be sent to Heidi Mussar in Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs.
Visit the Postdoctoral Affairs website for more information about postdoctoral appointments at Waterloo.
April 24, 2018