UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
GUIDE FOR SUPERVISORS FOR APPLICATIONS TO THE
2012/13 BANTING POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS
The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both
nationally and internationally, to develop their leadership potential and to 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. The supervisor’s statement, the professional development opportunities, and the description of the
research environment coming from proposed supervisors are very influential in the selection committee’s
consideration of the candidates, and we appreciate your taking the time to provide this information.
For the 2012 competition, preliminary packages will be due at the Faculty level by September 10. This package will
consist of the CVs of both the applicant and yourself along with the completion of the assessment form.
Those packages going forward, for internal institutional review, will then be due at the PDF Office by September 18. At
this point the PDF Office will prepare a spreadsheet documenting the applications for each agency and will forward that
information to the appropriate Agency-based subcommittee by September 21.
On October 1 the Agency-based subcommittees will select the applicants to prepare full packages for submission.
Feedback will be provided to those applications going forward; those candidates not invited to prepare a full package will
The primary responsibilities for completion of the full application elements are as follows:
Administrative form, Research Contributions (max 1 page), Significance of Leadership (max 1 page), CV,
Fulfillment of Degree Requirements, Special Circumstances (if needed) – Nominee
Career Aspirations and Choice of Institution (max 1 page), Research Proposal (max 4 pages), Bibliography (max
5 pages), Referees – Nominee and Supervisor
Supervisor’s statement (max 3 pages) – Supervisor
Professional Development (max 1 page) – Supervisor
Research Environment (max 2 pages) – Supervisor
Institutional draft letter of endorsement (including synergy – max 2 pages) – Assoc Dean (Rsrch) and Supervisor
Institutional final letter of endorsement – signed by V-P (Research)
Submission of all documents via ResearchNet - Nominee
In accordance with Banting regulations your supervisor statement should address the following:
Assessment of research excellence and leadership in the research domain
Assessment of quality of the applicant’s proposed research program
Assessment of suitability of proposed research environment
Assessment of how this applicant will play an exceptional/innovative role in addition to the research team already
We also recommend that the following points be addressed in your letter.
Your direct knowledge of the candidate and his/her work
The originality, significance and impact of the candidate’s research career
The national and international reputation of the candidate
How they’ve achieved distinction in their position/field
Other relevant information that indicates substantial contributions to their field
Coordinator, Postdoctoral Fellows Office
University of Alberta