Lakehead University s Ontario Post Doctoral Fellowship Program Guidelines by themachine

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									Lakehead University’s Ontario Post Doctoral Fellowship Program 2009 Guidelines Application Form The Ontario Post Doctoral Fellowship Program is an initiative to recruit and retain in Ontario 50 outstanding young scientists and scholars at the post doctoral level. The Ontario Program assists in the support of a PDF selected and appointed by the Institution to conduct research activities at the Institution's premises as the PDF prepares for a full-time academic and/or research career.

Lakehead’s Allocation Lakehead University has been allocated one (1) PDF to be allocated in 2009.

Deadline Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research by March 16, 2009.

Funding The Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation will provide $25,000/year towards the PDF’s salary for two (2) years. Lakehead University faculty members (PDF supervisors) applying to this program will be required to make a commitment to provide matching funds of $25,000/annum over two (2) years. Please note that the matching sources cannot include funding from other Ontario Government Sources or programs. The maximum salary to be paid to the PDF is $45,000 per year. In addition, a research allowance of up to $5,000/yr may be paid out of the supervisor’s contribution. Applications from all disciplines are welcome, however applications that align with the priority areas outlined in the Ontario Innovation Agenda: bio-economy and clean technologies, advanced

health technologies, pharmaceutical research and manufacturing, and digital media and information and communication technologies are encouraged. Engagement in youth mentoring or related activities (1% of the PDF’s time) is required of the PDF.

Application Process Applicants/supervisors are required to complete the Lakehead University Ontario Post Doctoral Fellowship Application Form Only complete proposals will be considered.

Adjudication The criteria for selection are those required by the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and detailed in these guidelines. Applications will be reviewed by Lakehead University’s Canada Research Chairs Search Committee.

Administration The supervisor must guarantee that the PDF will be recruited and relocated to Lakehead University on or before December 31, 2009. If additional salary support is being provided to the PDF by the supervisor, the supervisor will be required to identify a research account from which the additional salary will be charged. These funds will be transferred, with the Ontario portion, to a new research account to be used solely for the payment of the PDF.

Eligible Candidates To be considered eligible to apply for the Ontario Post Doctoral Fellowship Program, PDF candidates must meet the following criteria: a. They must have completed or received a PhD degree in any discipline no more than two years before the intended application deadline or they are

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expected to complete their PhD degree in any discipline or a health professional degree no later than six months after taking up the PDF. b. The health professional degree must be in a regulated health profession which requires at least a Bachelor’s degree to be eligible for licensing by that regulated health profession. The date of degree completion is the date on which all requirements of the degree have been met. If the prospective PDF has at least six months of full-time relevant work experience in industry or government after receiving the doctorate, the eligibility period is extended to three years; If a prospective PDF has withdrawn from the workforce and active research for maternity or paternity leave or for raising a child for at least one year after receiving a doctorate, the eligibility period is extended to six years. Applicants must hold the PDF under the supervision of a full-time faculty member at Lakehead University International applicants must be eligible to hold a PDF in Canada.

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Application and Adjudication Processes Submissions for PDFs under this program must include: a. Lakehead University Ontario Post Doctoral Fellowship Application form b. Three letters of reference for the prospective PDF (one of which should be former the candidate’s former Ph.D. supervisor) c. A curriculum vitae of the prospective PDF d. Letter of confirmation of Ph.D. from the University Registrar or a copy of PhD diploma. e. A proposed research plan (see Form) f. Supervisor's CV equivalent to the information provided in an NSERC Personal Data Form (Form 100), SSHRC or CIHR formats. g. Proposed budget h. Letter from the Supervisor confirming the source and amount of required matching funds PDF applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria: a. Their past research and leadership achievements

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The excellence and impact of the proposed research program Their ongoing/future research and leadership potential The alignment of their research activity with the priority areas outlined in the Ontario Innovation Agenda: bio-economy and clean technologies, advanced health technologies, pharmaceutical research and manufacturing, and digital media and information and communication technologies.

Selection committee members will also consider the following related to the proposed research program: a. b. c. d. e. f. g. i. Are the objectives specific, well focused and realistic? Is the methodology clearly outlined? Is the methodology completely described and appropriate for the research being proposed? Does the application have clearly identified timelines and appropriate milestones? Are timelines and milestones consistent with methodology? Do the milestones represent deliverable entities? Will the PDF's and Supervisor's expertise and the proposed methods allow the objectives to be reached in the proposed time frame (max: 2 years)? Are the research programs of the supervisor and PDF well aligned?

Reviewers will also assess the excellence of the supervisor (and/or research team) and the research environment for the PDF in accordance with the following criteria: a. b c. d. e. knowledge, expertise, and experience; past contributions to, and impact on, the proposed area of research; past contributions to technology transfer, interactions with industry or community partners; record of past and current research funding; and successful experience as supervisor of PDFs.

Notification of Selection and Appointment Successful supervisors will be notified by the Office of the Vice-President (Research) and must guarantee that the PDF will be recruited and relocated to Lakehead University on or before December 31, 2009.

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The normal recruitment and letter of offer process must be followed (see Lakehead University Post Doctoral Fellowship and Visiting Scholar Policy at http://policies.lakeheadu.ca/policy.php?pid=177. The letter of offer must also include (i) that the PDF agrees to participate in a PDF network organized by Ontario; (ii) the PDF must commit a minimum of 1% of their research activities to mentor youth on-campus and in their local community; and (iii) publications or presentations must acknowledge Ontario's contribution to the PDF salary and benefits.

Reporting to Ontario On an annual basis, the supervisor and the PDF must agree to provide an annual report on their research activities to the Office of the Vice-President (Research), which will submit the report to the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. Details of report content will be provided to the supervisor and PDF three months in advance of the reporting deadline.

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