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Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

The School of Graduate Studies would like to draw your attention to the 2020-2021 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships competition. This prestigious program is designed to attract and retain top-tier national and international researchers who have demonstrated the capacity to be leaders in their fields. Seventy Banting fellowships (valued at $70,000 per year for two years) are awarded annually with an equal distribution among CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC. Concordia has experienced real success in previous Banting competitions, with eleven Banting fellowships awarded since the 2012-2013 competition. 

In addition to evaluating the quality of the applicant’s research program and leadership potential, the Banting competition requires that host universities endorse all applications by describing the institutional commitment and supporting environment for the research program, and demonstrate the synergy between the applicant’s research area and the University's strategic priorities.

Although the Banting competition is open to Canadians, permanent residents and internationals, there are eligibility restrictions pertaining to the date of the last earned degree. ONLY in exceptionally RARE circumstances will a Banting PDF be awarded to: the applicants who are staying at the same institution or within the same research environment where they completed their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree; or the applicants who, at the time of application, are affiliated for more than six months with the proposed host institution (e.g. postdoctoral position).  In such cases, a SOLID justification must be provided. 

Please visit the Banting website for further information regarding the competition.

Applicants who wish to be hosted by Concordia University must submit a letter of intent (LOI) to the Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies of the respective Faculty by June 19, 2020. 

*** For the LOI, the following documents will be required:

  • one page (single spaced) description of their research project;
  • up-to-date cv listing:
    • degrees earned
    • nationality
    • awards (scholarships/fellowships/honours etc.)
    • publications, conference presentations, and other research or research-creation achievements
    • significant extra-curricular and/or service activities with a brief (max 50 words) description of the applicant’s leadership role
    • work experience
  • brief statement (1 page max) by the proposed supervisor describing the research environment facilities/resources and personnel that will be available to the candidate, and identifying any non-salary financial support that the supervisor will provide (e.g. support for conference travel).

This year's selection process will consist of the following steps:

  • interested candidates must submit their ***letter of intent (LOI) to the Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies in the appropriate Faculty by June 19, 2020;
  • prior to July 3rd, LOIs will be reviewed and ranked (separated according to Tri-Council) at the Faculty level in a process overseen by the Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies; 
  • each Faculty will submit its ranked (LOI) separated according the appropriate Tri-Council to the School of Graduate Studies (attn: Niyusha Samadi) and all LOIs by July 3, 2020. When reviewing and ranking the applications, please keep in mind that the Faculties need to be highly selective in the endorsement of applications;
  • an administrative committee will review the rankings and prepare final selection scenarios based on a strategic assessment of institutional priorities;
  • the Faculty Associate Deans of Research and Graduate Studies, together with the Associate Dean of Graduate Awards and Recruitment from SGS will convene on the week of July 20, 2020 to review the scenarios and select the candidates, who will be invited to prepare a full application.  Although we ask the faculties to review and rank all applications, only promising applications determined by the faculties will be discussed at the adjudication meeting;
  • candidates and supervisors will be notified by the end of July whether the University will endorse the application. This will allow time for candidates to complete their applications with the support of SGS, OOR and the supervisor. The University will also use this period to finalize its institutional support for each application prior to the October 1st, 2020 deadline.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the pre-selection process of the Banting competition, please contact Niyusha Samadi, Postdoctoral Development Coordinator, by phone at 514-848-2424, ext. 3156 or by email.

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