To: Graduate Deans; Chairs/Directors; Graduate Coordinators; Graduate Administrators
From: Arianna Capotorto, Financial Counsellor, Graduate Awards Office
CC: Don MacMillan, Director, Student Services; Luc De Nil, Vice-Dean, Students
Date: July 22, 2013
Re: 2013-14 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
Deadline for Faculties to submit nominations to SGS: Wednesday, October 02, 2013
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program, administered by CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC, 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 will be awarded each year, divided evenly between Canada's three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC). When the program is fully implemented, there will be 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
Complete program information including eligibility requirements, host institution responsibilities, step-by-step application instructions and access to the e-submission platform on ResearchNet is now available on the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships website.
Value and Duration
$70,000 per year (taxable) for two years.
Each Faculty will receive an allocated number of applications (based on post-doctoral fellow population) that may be put forth and endorsed as candidates for the Banting PDF. Faculties are asked to provide a ranked list of applicants, included in their allocation to the Graduate Awards Office by October 2, 2013 (details below).
2013-14 Competition Timelines
· July 9th 2013: Posting of program literature on Banting website and activation of ResearchNet (electronic application system)
· October 02, 2013: List of faculty nominations due to SGS (details below)
· October 11, 2013: UofT Deadline for applicants to request a completed Fulfillment of Degree Requirements Form.
· October 17, 2013: Institutional Synergy and Letter of Endorsement provided by SGS to faculty nominees.
· October 23, 2013 (8pm EDT): Deadline for faculty nominees to upload documents and submit ResearchNet application to the Banting competition.
· March 2013: Communication of results to applicants by Banting
Eligibility Criteria (complete requirements are provided on the Banting website)
Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to apply.
2. Eligibility Window for Degree Completion [see details]
Applicants for the 2013–14 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree:
· On a date within the eligibility window of October 23, 2010 through December 31, 2013. Applicants who have not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time of application must do so no later than December 31, 2013 and submit proof no later than January 15, 2014. Applicants who do not submit such proof will be automatically withdrawn from the competition.
· No earlier than October 23, 2008 if they have had their career interrupted or delayed for the purpose of childrearing, illness, or health-related family responsibilities or, for health professionals only, have engaged in post-degree non-research related clinical training (residency, etc).
3. Eligibility Requirements Related to Host Institution [see details]
4. Other Eligibility Restrictions [see details]
Important Information for Applicants: [see Application Guide]
- The Banting application is initiated by the applicant through the ResearchNet Application System with the CV data components created using the Common CV system.
- Applicants should first contact their supervisor to request the support of their application and if granted, inquire about the specific nomination/selection process and associated deadlines implemented by their Faculty Research Office.
- Candidates who have successfully received a nomination by their Faculty will receive the endorsement of the universityand will be provided with the final institutional support documents required to successfully complete the application process.
- Candidates are responsible for uploading all required documents to ResearchNet to complete the application and submission process. Only the referee assessment forms are to be completed and submitted online by the referees. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all documents are included by the deadline of November 1, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. (EDT).
- Candidates must obtain (from the institution that conferred their degree) a Fulfillment of Degree Requirements Form and include this completed document with their application. Applicants who require this form from UofT must request it by email from SGS by Oct 18th; see SGS website for details.
Instructions for Supervisors and Faculties:
1. Supervisors wishing to support a candidate’s application should contact their affiliated Faculty Research Office to inquire about the Faculty’s internal deadline, application and selection process.
- Each Faculty will receive an allocated number of applications (based on post-doctoral fellow population) that may be put forth and endorsed as candidates for the Banting PDF and are asked to carefully select and endorse only the highest quality applicants from both Canada and abroad within that allocation.
- The Faculty Offices will receive and evaluate applications, selecting candidates in accordance with the stated Selection Criteria, for whom they wish to offer support and have receive the institutional support documents required to successfully complete the application process.
Instructions for submitting candidate list to SGS
All applications endorsed by a given host institution must be signed by the same official signatory, as such the Institutional Synergy and Letter of Endorsement Letter, must be printed on SGS letterhead and signed by Brian Corman, Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Education.
Accordingly we ask all Faculties to provide the following information to the Graduate Awards Office by October 2, 2013:
1. A list of all applications received, providing supervisor name and graduate unit affiliation for each. Only those selected as candidates to be included in your allocation should be ranked.
2. An electronic copy (saved as MS Word doc) of the Institutional Synergy and Letter of Endorsement Letter, prepared for each ranked candidate included as part of your allocation. This text will be included in the formal institutional support letter and will receive the Dean’s signatory.
Further information and questions regarding the nomination/selection process may be directed to your Faculty Research Office or to email@example.com attention Arianna Capotorto, Financial Counsellor, School of Graduate Studies.