Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships: Position yourself as a research leader of tomorrow (Transcript)
The Government of Canada's Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth.
Call for applications is now available
"Do not enter upon research unless you cannot help it… The force of the conviction will compel you to forsake all and seek the relief of your mind in research work."
Sir Frederick Grant Banting
Banting Fellow 2016-2017
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
The Banting Fellowship has really expanded my view of how I can apply my broad background in evolutionary ecology to a wide range of environmental problems that we're experiencing now and that, as biologists, we can help understand the interaction between human goals and the goals of preserving biodiversity and understanding all the ecological and genetic factors that are involved in making management decisions for our planet in the future.
Banting Fellow 2013-2014
University of Montréal, CRCHUM and Institut du cancer de Montréal
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
I think that the Banting Fellowship has been very important in launching my career as a staff person. The research that I did during my Banting postdoctoral fellowship helped lay the necessary ground work. So my fellowship looked at in vitro breast cancer cell lines and in this manner, I was able to look at the different efficacies of different PARP inhibitors. PARP inhibitors are orally available therapeutic drugs that help target DNA damage repair. The problem is that, at the current moment, patients with triple negative breast cancer only have three or four types of chemotherapies that they can receive, so they get a lot of toxicity and it may not necessarily have all the possible benefits that they could possibly achieve. So PARP inhibitors are targeted therapies with decreased toxicity and they could potentially help these patients.
Banting Fellow 2015-2016
University of Toronto
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
The Banting Fellowships are internationally recognized and I think that they bring a lot of attention to the work I’ve been doing. And because I work on a fairly non-canonical 19th century writer, George Gissing, it really allowed me to disseminate my work but it also allowed other people to hear about him.
The Banting Fellowship is a win/win situation. I believe that the nature in which people are selected are based on an exceptional candidate in an exceptional institution. So once those two criteria are met, it will foster an environment where the candidate is going to grow, not only from a research perspective, but from an academic perspective.
I would highly encourage students to apply for the Banting project. It's the opportunity of writing about the work that we have done and also the work that we hope to do in the future.
I would say if you have a project that you're really excited about and it opens up a new area of research for you, that you should go for it because you never know what's going to happen. I was excited about my research proposal but I had no idea whether I had a real shot at getting one of these fellowships and here I am, I got one and it's taught me the lesson as well. You have to put yourself out there and you have to apply and you have to go for it. And it can happen.
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