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Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

The 2020 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (Banting PDF) program information and application details are now available on the Banting website.

The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is to:

  • attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally
  • develop their leadership potential
  • position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship program is unique in its emphasis on the synergy between:

  • the applicant – their individual merit and potential to launch a successful research-intensive career; and
  • the host institution – its commitment to the research program and alignment with the institution’s strategic priorities.

An applicant to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must complete their application in full collaboration with the proposed host institution.

School of Graduate Studies – Key Deadlines

  • A two-stage internal review process is in place at McMaster to help identify the strongest applications and to select the most competitive candidates in each research area of CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.
  • The STAGE ONE Letter of Intent (LOI) package is due to the School of Graduate Studies by email on: Monday, August 10, 2020, 10 a.m.
  • STAGE TWO applications for Stage 1 endorsed candidates are due to the School of Graduate Studies by email on: Thursday, September 17, 2020, 10 a.m.
  • Banting ResearchNet application submission deadline: Thursday, October 1, 2020 (8 p.m. EDT)

For more information about how you qualify to submit a Stage One Letter of Intent package, please contact your supervisor/potential supervisor or your department administrator.

McMaster University strives to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, therefore, a two-stage internal review process is in place to identify and select the most competitive candidates in each research area (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC).

The value of the fellowship is $70,000/year for two years, and is distributed equally across the CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC agencies.  The award does not include the costs of research.

The Fall 2020 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (Banting PDF) program information and application details are now available online.

Eligibility

Confirm that you and your proposed host institution meet the criteria below before you apply for a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Applications that do not meet all of the eligibility criteria will be deemed ineligible.

This fellowship is not intended for students (including Health Professionals) to complete a degree.

Citizenship and location of host institution

Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to apply, provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada may only hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution.
  • Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree from a foreign university may only hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution.
  • Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree from a Canadian university may hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at either a Canadian institution or an institution outside of Canada.

For a list of eligible health professions, please see CIHR’s webpage.

Eligibility window for degree completion

Applicants to the Fall 2020 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree:

  • between September 15, 2017 and September 30, 2021 (inclusively), and
  • before the start date of their award.

Applicants who have not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time of application must submit proof no later than October 15, 2021.

For applicants who have completed more than one PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree, the eligibility window applies to the most recent of these degrees.

Allowable extensions to eligibility window

The window of eligibility can be extended by a cumulative maximum of three years if the applicant had their career interrupted for extenuating circumstances, such as parental leave, illness, health-related family responsibilities, mandatory military service, disruptions due to war, civil conflicts and/or natural disasters in the country of residence, socio-economic reasons, etc.

“Career interruption” refers to a period of time when the applicant was not working (full-time or part-time) and when their research output was completely interrupted.

Additionally, 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.

For other professions that require post-degree, non-research-related training to be certified by a professional body, please consult the Vanier-Banting Secretariat to confirm whether an extension to the eligibility window is allowable.

Interruptions used to extend the eligibility window for degree completion must have occurred after the fulfilment of your degree requirements and before the application submission deadline.

Justification must be provided in the Special circumstances attachment.

“Fulfilled all requirements of the degree” refers to the date that the applicant completed all the steps required for obtaining their degree. Although these requirements may vary by institution and degree type, they normally include thesis defence corrections and thesis deposition. Note that convocation is not considered a degree requirement.

Other eligibility restrictions

  • Applicants who currently hold or have held agency-specific (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) awards at the postdoctoral level are eligible to apply to the Fall 2020 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program only if the term of that funding officially ends on or before September 30, 2021 and prior to the start of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. Early termination of the agency-specific postdoctoral award for the purpose of application to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is not permitted.
  • Applicants can apply for both the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program and other agency-specific postdoctoral fellowships programs (whether to the same or a different federal granting agency) at the same time, provided that the research proposed in each application falls within the mandate of the federal granting agency to which the application is submitted. For more information, please refer to Identify area of research.
  • * Applicants who are successful in both competitions will have to choose which award to accept.
  • Applicants must not hold a tenure-track or tenured faculty position, nor can they be on leave from such a position.
  • Only in rare circumstances will a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship 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. If an applicant chooses to apply in collaboration with the same institution (or its affiliated hospitals, research centres and other laboratories) or within the same research environment from which they obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree, a solid justification must be provided in the Special circumstances attachment. Examples of valid justifications are scientific reasons (e.g., availability of specialized equipment/infrastructure or expertise), family reasons (e.g., family obligations), health reasons (e.g., proximity to health care facilities) and/or reasons related to community or cultural responsibilities.
  • Applicants can submit only one application per competition year to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program.
  • Without exception, Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
    • are tenable only at the institution that supported the original application for the program;
    • must be taken up no earlier than April 1st and no later than October 1st following the year of application;
    • are for two years;
    • cannot be held concurrently with another Tri-Agency training award; and
    • can only be held once in a lifetime.

Financial support information for proposed supervisors/candidates

It is important that faculty members know that the Banting Fellowship is a stipend. The award does not include the direct costs of research or benefits. Banting Fellows are not a part of the collective bargaining agreement, but there are benefits to which they are entitled. The cost of the benefits is the responsibility of the supervisor. The applicant will be unable to proceed with the application process if there is no commitment by the supervisor to pay the benefits for the 2-year duration of the award.

The faculty must inform supervisors about required benefit costs, outlined in the PDF policy. For further information/clarification, please contact your department administrator or, refer to the PDF policy on responsibilities for supervisors.

McMaster University’s Policy on Postdoctoral Fellows indicates that benefits are normally paid by the supervisor; non-supervisor benefit commitments must be clearly documented.

Mobility and choice of host institution

Justification for remaining in PhD research environment

Applicants who wish to undertake postdoctoral-level research training in the same institution (or its affiliated hospitals, research centres and other laboratories) or within the same research environment from which they obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree must provide a strong justification for this exceptional circumstance which will be assessed as part of the selection committee review process. The more similar the proposed research environment is to that of the PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree environment, the stronger the justification is required to be. Examples of valid justifications are:

  • scientific reasons (e.g., availability of specialized equipment/infrastructure or expertise);
  • family reasons (e.g., family obligations);
  • health reasons (e.g., proximity to health care facilities); and
  • reasons related to community or cultural responsibilities.

Justification for remaining in the same research environment (other than PhD)

At the time of application, if the applicant is affiliated for more than six months with the proposed host institution (e.g., postdoctoral position) they must justify the decision to continue at the same location. The longer the applicant has been at the same institution (or research environment), the stronger the justification is required to be.

Note: Justifications must be provided in the Special circumstances attachment.

* Only in 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.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that all trainees have equitable access to research funding and career support. Equity is an integral part of a sustainable research ecosystem as it encourages greater diversity among applicants. Studies show that diversity—of not only scientific expertise but also the people conducting and participating in the research—leads to more creativity and more innovation.

The Banting program strives to promote equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the application, review, and selection processes. To better equip all those participating in the Banting competition (applicants, host institutions, referees, reviewers and readers), the Tri-Agencies have curated an important list of resources to help guide each group.

More information about Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is available on Banting’s website. There are individual tabs for Applicants, Host Institutions, Referees and Reviewers and Readers.

ALL participants must review their appropriate tab in advance of completing their section of the application.

Research respectfully involving Indigenous communities

  • Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS 2), Chapter 9: Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada
    • The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) program is committed to supporting research by and with Indigenous Peoples. For applications in which the proposed research respectfully involves and engages Indigenous communities, applicants and host institutions should be aware of and refer to the principles and protocols established for this type of research.
    • Applicants whose proposed research respectfully involves and engages Indigenous communities are asked to include “This research respectfully involves and engages Indigenous communities” at the beginning of the lay abstract. The program administrator for each selection committee (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) will endeavour to ensure that the primary or secondary reviewer on these applications has expertise in Indigenous research. Reviewers and readers will be asked to read and take into consideration the following:

Note: Research respectfully involving Indigenous communities is defined as research in any field or discipline that is:

  • conducted by First Nations, Inuit, Métis or other Indigenous nations, communities, societies or individuals; and/or
  • grounded in or engaged with one or more of these communities and/or their wisdom, cultures, experiences or knowledge systems, as expressed in their dynamic forms, past and present.

Examples include:

  • projects in which water samples are extracted from Indigenous lands in South America
  • analyses of educational policies pertaining to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  • cross-sectional studies of how injuries sustained by different groups of people, including Inuit youth, are treated

Email contacts

If you have questions regarding the McMaster Fall 2020 Banting competition, please email graduatescholarships@mcmaster.ca