Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

The 2019-2020 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (Banting PDF) competition is launched. The Banting PDF Program is an initiative of the Canadian Government to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally, to contribute to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth.

In order to reach more candidates to the Banting PDF, the Research Management Services is organizing a webinar on June 4th, 2019 from 1:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at 129 Louis Pasteur LPR-286. The webinar will be an opportunity to provide information and guidance to applicants, supervisors, as well as referees involved in preparing an application to the Banting competition. Here is the Adobe Connect link for the webinar https://connect.uottawa.ca/boursebanting2019/

For detailed information on the competition, please consult the different sections below.

 

2017-2018 Banting winners
Description
  • 70 new awards every year across Canada.
  • 70 000 $ per year.
  • 2 years (non-renewable).
Eligibility
  • Please refer to the eligibility criteria as presented on the Banting fellowship Web site.
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree between September 15, 2016 and September 30, 2020 (inclusively); and before the start of the award.
  • Applications from all research areas and in both official languages are encouraged.
  • While candidates already conducting research as postdoctoral fellows at UOttawa are eligible, they must provide an extensive justification for the decision to remain at the same institution. There should be a direct correlation between the strength of the justification and the amount of time already spent at the institution.
  • Only in exceptionally rare circumstances will a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship be awarded to an applicant who is staying at the same institution where they completed their PhD, PhD- equivalent or health professional degree. In such cases, a solid justification must be provided.
  • Applicants must not hold a tenure-track or tenured faculty position.
Criteria for selecting applications
  • Research excellence and leadership in the research domain.
  • Quality of applicant's proposed research program.
  • Institutional commitment and demonstrated synergy between applicant and institutional strategic priorities.

For more information, please refer to the selection criteria and detailed guidelines as presented on the Banting web site.

Submitting an application file

A candidate must complete the following steps:

  1. Access ResearchNet to register and start filling out the application file.
  2. Fill out the following sections, but do not submit your application until you obtain a confirmation of endorsement from the Executive Director of Research Management Services (RMS) or her delegate:
    • Identification of area of research and applicant
    • Degree information
    • Canadian Common CV (CCV)
    • Significance of research contributions
    • Significance of leadership contributions
    • Fulfilment of degree requirements form
    • Special circumstances (including extensive justification for lack of mobility, if it applies)
    • Seek and identify three referees (at least one must be at arm's length)
    • Title of Research proposal
    • Lay Title and Lay Abstract (both are mandatory for the application to be considered)
    • Project overview
    • Project details
    • Project descriptors/keywords
    • Choice of Institution (justification for, as part of the research proposal and supervisor’s statement)
    • Research proposal (clearly formulated and accessible to a multi-disciplinary committee)
    • Bibliography
    • Supervisor's statement (including supervisor's biography and adequacy for the proposed research, suitability of the proposed research environment, extra commitments to fellow, extensive list of opportunities for professional development, and elaborate discussion on institutional synergy with the applicant and proposed research).
    • The Supervisor’s statement must provide evidence that the institution and the supervisor are a perfect match with the candidate and are uniquely positioned to provide all the required support to the applicant. It must include a description of the supervisor's academic and research background, and key accomplishments, describe the fit between the research interests of the supervisor and that of the candidate, provide details concerning the applicant’s proposed research environment (extra funding, facilities, personnel that will be provided to support the applicant) describe the institution's commitment to the applicant’s professional development (and indicate specific resources, guidance and training activities available), document the relevant institution’s strategic priorities, and illustrate the synergy between these priorities and the applicant’s proposed research.
    • The three referees’ assessments must extensively develop on each of the three points defined in the Referee's Assessment form in ResearchNet: Section 1- Assessment of research excellence and demonstrated leadership; Section 2 - Assessment of merit of proposed research; and Section 3 - Assessment of suitability of the proposed research environment. They must all provide relevant evidence, perspectives, and insight on those topics to support the review of the candidate’s application in light of the three selection criteria.
    • Save a PDF copy of all sections (from the Preview section in ResearchNet) and email them toBanting-Vanier@uottawa.ca by the internal deadline of July 29, 2019.
    • Note: the only one section that should not be completed is the “Institutional Letter of Endorsement”.
  3. Through ResearchNet contact three referees who will fill a Referee's Assessment form in ResearchNet and ask the referees to send a PDF copy of their assessment directly to Banting-Vanier@uottawa.ca (an assessment can be viewed and saved to PDF by a referee after it is submitted in ResearchNet) by the internal deadline of July 29, 2019. It is strongly recommended that referees keep a PDF copy of their assessment, as in some cases the Vanier-Banting Scholarships Evaluation Committee may request that some updates or improvements be made to the assessments. This would be achieved by unregistering a referee in ResearchNet and registering again the same referee (who would then receive a new request for an assessment which he/she will need to refill entirely).
Important dates

Important - Please note that the following dates are preliminary and may change once the competition is officially launched.

Deadline Date Details
Competition launch April 17, 2019 Launch of the internal Banting Fellowship competition
Webinar June 4, 2019 129 Louis Pasteur, LPR-286, from 1:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Internal application July 29, 2019

Deadline for applicants to email a PDF copy of the ResearchNet application to Banting-Vanier@uottawa.ca (all sections required except for the Institutional Letter of Endorsement to be provided by uOttawa). No applications or components will be accepted after the deadline.

Deadline for referees to send a PDF copy of their ResearchNet assessment to Banting-Vanier@uottawa.ca No assessment will be accepted after the deadline.

Internal selection July 31 - August 16, 2019 The evaluation committee reviews the files and identifies improvements for the application files to be recommended by the University.
Selection results August 22, 2019 RMS informs all candidates of the committee's decisions, and provides to the selected candidates a list of improvements to be made to their applications.
Application revision

August 22 - September 15, 2019

Applicants, supervisors and referees (if necessary) revise their documents in accordance with the feedback and suggestions provided by the evaluation committee.
Institutional Letters of Endorsement September 16, 2019 RMS provides the Institutional Letter of Endorsement to the selected candidates.
Final application September 18, 2019 (8:00 PM EDT) Deadline for the endorsed applicants to perform the final submission of their Banting Fellowship application through ResearchNet, including the Institutional Letter of Endorsement.
Results Mid February 2020 Anticipated notification of results.
FAQ

I am interested in applying to the Banting Fellowships through the University of Ottawa. How can I find a research supervisor?

You have to identify and contact directly a professor in your area of interest. To identify potential research supervisors you can use the search engines found in the Quick Picks section of this webpage.

Can I apply to the Banting Fellowships through the University of Ottawa if I already am a fellow there?

Yes. However, you must provide a strong justification for the reasons why you want to stay at the University of Ottawa in the “Special circumstances” section of the application. Note that the longer you have been at the University of Ottawa, the stronger the required justification will need to be.

I am interested in applying to the Banting Fellowships competition through the University of Ottawa. Can I have an example of a successful application?

We are sorry. For confidentiality reasons, we can’t provide you an example of a successful application. However, if you have any question related to the best practices for preparing an application, do not hesitate to contact the program coordinators at banting-vanier@uottawa.ca.

I am a student from another university and I am preparing a Banting Fellowships application for the University of Ottawa. Who should sign the Fulfilment of Degree Requirements Form?

The form should be signed by the University where you completed your PhD.

I am a PhD student at the University of Ottawa and I am preparing a Banting Fellowships application to another university. Who can help me prepare my application?

You must get in contact with the university where you wish to hold your postdoctoral fellowship to learn about their Banting Fellowships internal selection process. They will be able to support you. In addition, you will have to contact InfoService here at the University of Ottawa to obtain the required signature for the Fulfilment of Degree Requirements Form.

How do I export my Banting application from ResearchNet?

To download and save a PDF version of your ResearchNet application, you need to connect to the ResearchNet portal, go to the “tasks” section and click on “Preview”. After, in the section “Application Materials”, click on “Preview” on the “Application Details” line. This will generate a PDF document of the application that you will need to save on your computer.

The Evaluation Committee recommends one of my referees to change his document. How do we proceed?

You first unregister that referee in ResearchNet then you register him again. The referee will receive a new request for an assessment by email regarding. The referee will have to write the assessment again, therefore, it is imperative that the referees keep a copy of their original assessment.

I haven’t been selected as a University of Ottawa candidate. Can I have the reviewer’s comments?

No. As it is the case for the national program, we only provide reviewers’ comments to selected candidates.

I have problems filling the application in ResearchNet. Who can help me?

If you have technical problems, you can contact the system support team by email at support@researchnet-recherchenet.ca or by phone at 613-964-9080.

If you have problems understanding the program guidelines, you can contact the program coordinators at the University of Ottawa by email at banting-vanier@uottawa.ca or by phone at 613-562-5800 (7751 or 2771).

I am a Banting Fellowships recipient. What are the next steps for me?

First, you need to accept the offer of the fellowship in ResearchNet and inform the Research Management Services at banting-vanier@uottawa.ca once it is done.

My Banting Fellowship application was not successful, but I still want to be a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa, how can I proceed?

You can contact the Office of graduate and postdoctoral studies at postdoc@uottawa.ca.

You can also find information on postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Ottawa on their website.

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