2016-2017 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship competition launch


The 2016-2017 Banting PDF competition has been launched! This memo is to inform you of program news for this competition.

I) 2016-2017 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition timelines

The timelines are similar to the last competition. Please find some important dates below:

Banting PDF
Competition Launch April 13, 2016: Posting of updated program literature on program website and activation of ResearchNet (electronic application system)
Application Deadline September 21, 2016 (8:00 pm EDT)
Funding Decision Release February 2, 2017

II) Banting PDF program news

New: Revised eligibility requirements

Window for degree completion:

  1. The eligibility window for degree completion has been extended until the last day prior to the final allowable start date of the award (September 30, 2017).
  2. For health professionals who have engaged in post-degree non-research related clinical training (e.g. residency), the eligibility window can be extended by the duration of this training.

New: Revised application requirement

Mandatory arm’s length referee

All applications must have at least 1 arm’s length referee from among the 3 invited referees. The arm’s length referee cannot be:

Reminder — Subject matter eligibility (research area)

The candidate and their supervisor must carefully consider which selection committee should review the application. For more details, please see the Application Guide - Task 6: Identify area of research. If there is uncertainty please send an email to banting@researchnet-recherchenet.ca with a one-page summary of the proposed research to receive clarification.

Reminder — Supervisor’s statement: support from institutions

Given the competitive nature of this program, and its role as a premier postdoctoral program in Canada, it is very important that institutions clearly outline the support that will be provided to the applicant. It should be explained how this support is above and beyond what is offered to regular postdoctoral fellows, and this support should be reasonable and appropriate to the institution and requirements of the applicant and proposed research. This was raised as an issue in the recent evaluation of the Banting program. As part of the Banting End of Award Report process, the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program will include follow-up questions to confirm whether the support outlined in the application was granted to the Banting Fellow during their award.

Reminder — Institutional endorsement: selectivity and diversity

We would like to remind you to continue to be highly selective in your endorsement of applications. In this way we can work together to control the quality of candidates to help ensure that the program is indeed supporting world class postdoctoral fellows who will become the research leaders of tomorrow.

Proposals from all research areas and in both official languages are encouraged. In addition, careful consideration must be given to ensure gender equity in the endorsement process.

Reminder — International recruitment

In keeping with the aim of attracting postdoctoral fellows to Canada, we encourage you to continue to strengthen your efforts to endorse new foreign candidates. Your collaboration is essential in branding the Banting PDF program as Canada’s most valuable, prestigious, and sought-after postdoctoral awards.

Reminder – Mobility and choice of host institution

All applicants should clearly justify the choice of institution and supervisor, and should highlight the benefits expected with respect to fulfilling their career aspirations. If they are already at the proposed host institution, they must justify the decision to remain at the same location. There should be a direct correlation between the strength of the justification and the amount of time already spent at that institution, and only in exceptionally rare circumstances will a Banting PDF be awarded to an applicant who is staying at the same institution or within the same research environment where they completed their PhD, PhD– equivalent or health professional degree.

For action — Single signatory for the Institutional letter of endorsement

As part of the Banting PDF application process, each institution is required to identify the individual responsible for signing the letter of endorsement on behalf of the institution (the President, their equivalent, or a single delegate). This information must be sent to program staff at Banting@cihr-irsc.gc.ca by September 1, 2016. This information will help us to ensure that the proper, single authority has signed off on applications from your institution.

For more information specific to host institutions, please consult the Banting PDF website.

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