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Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition

2012-2013 Competition Deadlines and Processes

Aug 10/12

Apply for a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at Laurier.

Qualified candidates are advised to view the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship website for full details on the purpose, eligibility requirements and application process.

Program Objectives (see more):

  • To attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally;
  • To develop leadership potential; and
  • To position candidates for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canadaís economic, social, and research-based growth through a research-intensive career.

Unique Application Requirements

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program will be distinguished from existing postdoctoral fellowships programs by its emphasis on

  • the synergy between an applicant (their individual merit and potential to launch a successful research-intensive career); and
  • the host institution (its commitment to the research program and environment with which the applicant is to be affiliated).

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


  • 70 new two-year awards annually with a total of 140 awards active at any one time
  • the fellowships will be distributed equally across Canada's three federal granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Eligibility Requirements (see more):

  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada AND foreign citizens are eligible to apply
  • Applicants must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD or equivalent between November 2, 2009 and December 31, 2012 (and submit proof no later than January 15, 2013). (Candidates who have completed all degree requirements no early than November 2, 2007 and who 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 may be eligible to apply.)
  • Applicants must not hold a tenure-track or tenured faculty position.

Value and Duration:

  • $70,000 per year (taxable) for two years.

Application Process (see more):

  1. Applicants must contact the host research institution whose endorsement they wish to receive. The host institution must collaborate with applicants and provide evidence of the following:
    1. The institutionís strategic use of the program
    2. Institutional support for the proposed research program
    3. The institutionís commitment to developing the research and leadership potential of the applicant; and
    4. Positioning the candidate for a successful research-intensive career.
  2. The application is initiated through the ResearchNet Application System with the CV data components created using the Common CV system.
  3. The host institution provides applicants with four documents to support the application:
    1. An institutional letter of endorsement;
    2. Supervisorís statement
    3. Research environment; and
    4. Professional development 
  4. Applicants must finalize and submit an application package via ResearchNet by the application deadline of November 1, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. (EDT). Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Selection Criteria (see more):

  • demonstrated capacity for research excellence based on track record to date as defined by quality of applicant's research contribution, and demonstrated capacity for leadership in the research domain defined by the sphere of influence achieved to date by the applicant
  • potential of the proposed research program, executed in the proposed institutional environment, to position the applicant for significant impact through a research-intensive career (potential for significant impact)
  • demonstrated commitment of the institution to support development of the applicant's research and leadership capacity through institutional support (funding, facilities,equipment, etc.) and professional development
  • demonstrated alignment and synergy between the applicant's research ambitions and the institution's potential to benefit strategically from engagement with the applicant (alignment with institution's strategic priorities)

Conditions of Award (without exception)

  • are tenable ONLY at the institution which supported the original application for the program
  • must be taken up no earlier than April 1 and not later than October 1
  • are for two years

Review the information for applicants and the information for host institutions concerning the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships and complete your application online.

Deadlines for Wilfrid Laurier University:

SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 All applicants (with their proposed supervisor) to submit to the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies the following (pdf format via e-mail to the Helen Paret, Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies)

  1. CV (Canadian Common CV); include expected date of completion of PhD if not noted on transcript
  2. all postsecondary education transcripts; 

  3. description of career aspirations and rationale for desire to pursue a postdoctoral research experience at WLU and in association with the proposed supervisor; highlight the benefits expected with respect to fulfilling career aspirations  (maximum 1 page)

  4. research proposal (maximum 4 pages) including

    1. the objectives and significance of your proposed research program (indicate whether the submission would fall into NSERC, SSHRC or CIHR category)

    2. the contribution that your research will make to the advancement of knowledge

    3. how the proposed research program is situated within relevant scholarly literature

    4. the theoretical approach or framework that will be used

    5. the research question(s) and/or hypothesis(es)

    6. the methodology and why it was chosen

    7. the plan to disseminate the findings and/or enhance potential for impact

  5. submission from proposed supervisor (maximum 3 pages) that provides evidence for the suitability of the match (with reference to the supervisor's area of research background/contributions), the proposed research environment (funding, facilities/resources and personnel available to support the applicant) and the demonstrated synergy between the applicant and institutional strategic priorities

OCTOBER 1, 2012 Pre-selected applicants notified; host institution documents will be submitted within 1 week

OCTOBER 15, 2012 Complete application including host institution documentation via ResearchNet) for final  review

November 1, 2012 Complete application submitted by applicant via ResearchNet.

Questions should be addressed to Dr. Matthew Smith, Assistant Dean, in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

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