2012-13 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is administered by Canada's three research granting
agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
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; and 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. Seventy fellowships will be awarded
each year, divided evenly between Canada's three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC).
When the program is fully implemented, there will be 140 awards active at any one time.
Complete program information including eligibility requirements, host institution responsibilities, step-
by-step application instructions and access to the e-submission platform on ResearchNet is now
available on the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships website.
Value and Duration
$70,000 per year (taxable) for two years.
2012-13 Competition Timelines
· August 2012: Posting of program literature on Banting website and activation of ResearchNet
(electronic application system)
· Monday September 10, 2012: Faculty allocations issued by SGS
· Monday, October 15, 2012: Faculty list of applicants due to SGS (details below)
· Friday October 19, 2012: UofT Deadline for applicants to request a Fulfillment of Degree
· Friday, October 26, 2012: Institutional Synergy and Letter of Endorsement available to successful
· November 01 (8pm EDT): Deadline for submitting ResearchNet applications to the Banting
· March 2013: Communication of results to applicants by tri-agencies.
Eligibility Criteria (complete requirements are provided on the Banting website)
Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to apply.
2. Eligibility Window for Degree Completion
Applicants for the 2012/13 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program must fulfill or have fulfilled all
degree requirements for a PhD1, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree:
a) on a date within the eligibility window of November 1, 2009 through December 31,
2012. Applicants who have not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time
of application must do so no later than December 31, 2012 and submit proof no
later than January 15, 2013. Applicants who do not submit such proof will be
automatically withdrawn from the competition; or
b) no earlier than November 1, 2007 if they have had their career interrupted or
delayed for the purpose of childrearing, illness, or health-related family
responsibilities or, for health professionals only, have engaged in post-degree non-
research related clinical training (residency, etc.). The interruption(s)/delay(s) in
your career must have occurred after you fulfilled all the requirements of your
degree. Note that your eligibility window will only be extended by the duration of
the delay(s)/interruption(s), to a maximum of two years.
Applicants must document any interruptions, delays, or post-degree clinical training in the Special
Information for Applicants:
1. The Banting application is initiated by the applicant through the ResearchNet Application
System with the CV data components created using the Common CV system. Only those
applicants who have received the endorsement of the university will be provided with the
institutional support documents required to successfully complete the application process.
2. Applicants are responsible for uploading all documents to ResearchNet as part of the complete
application submission. Only referee forms are uploaded by the referee; it is the applicant’s
responsibility to ensure that all forms are included by the deadline of November 1, 2012 at 8:00
3. Applicants must obtain (from the institution that conferred their degree) a Fulfillment of Degree
Requirements Form (see Task 8) and include this completed document with their application.
Applicants who require this form from UofT must request it by email from SGS by Oct 19th; see
SGS website for details.
4. Applicants seeking the endorsement of the university and should first contact their supervisor to
request the support of their application and initiate the nomination/selection process via their
Faculty Research Office.
Information for Supervisors and Faculties:
1. Supervisors wishing to support a candidate’s application should contact their affiliated Faculty
Research Office to inquire about the Faculty’s internal deadline, application and selection process.
2. Faculty Offices will each receive an allocated number of applications (based on post-doctoral fellow
population) that may be put forth and endorsed as candidates for the Banting PDF and are asked to
carefully select and endorse only the highest quality applicants from both Canada and abroad within
3. The Faculty Offices will receive and evaluate applications, selecting candidates in accordance to the
stated Selection Criteria, for whom they wish to offer support and provide the institutional support
documents required to successfully complete the application process.
4. All applications endorsed by a given host institution must be signed by the same official signatory,
as such the Institutional Synergy and Letter of Endorsement Letter, must be printed on SGS
letterhead and signed by Brian Corman, Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate
Education. Accordingly we are asking all Faculties to provide the following information to the
Graduate Awards Office by October 15, 2012:
1. A ranked list of applicants, included in the allocation (A-list); providing supervisor
name and graduate unit affiliation for each
2. A ranked list of applicants, not included in the allocation (B-list); providing supervisor
name and graduate unit affiliation for each
3. An electronic copy (saved as MS Word doc) of the Institutional Synergy and Letter of
Endorsement Letter, prepared for each candidate included in the A-list. This text will be
included in the formal institutional support letter and will receive the Dean’s signatory.
4. A scanned PDF copy of each application received (both A and B-lists)
Further information and questions regarding the nomination/selection process may be directed to your
Faculty Research Office or to firstname.lastname@example.org attention Arianna Capotorto, Financial
Counsellor, School of Graduate Studies.