Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition Procedures 2017
Internal application procedures
The Faculty of Arts will be conducting an internal competition to select its candidates for the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship competition. The prospective McGill supervisors of Banting applicants should submit a letter of support (two pages maximum) as well as the applicant's standard CV (not CCV); the applicant's one-page research statement outlining his/her proposed postdoctoral research program; and the names of three proposed referees, including the applicant’s association to them and a URL link to the referees’ websites. Please e-mail these materials to our office at sarah.kaderabek [at] mcgill.ca by noon on Friday, May 12, 2017. Please attach all documents to the e-mail as a single PDF file.
For assistance in preparing these materials, it may be valuable to consult the Banting selection committee’s evaluation criteria.
Other deadlines and details
As fit with the institution is a key element in the Banting selection process, the prospective supervisor's support letter should clearly describe the complementarities between the applicant's research program and McGill's resources/faculty research.
Note that as these are extremely competitive fellowships (only 70 will be awarded in all fields across all of Canada), supervisors should choose their nominees with care. In keeping with the intention of the call for applications, supervisors should not nominate current McGill graduate students to hold a Banting at McGill. The Banting fellowship program is open to both national and international students. Applicants must have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD on a date within the eligibility window of September 21, 2014, through September 30, 2018 (to be confirmed when the national Banting competition is announced). Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) has established a quota for each Faculty based on current postdoctoral enrollment; as such, the Faculty of Arts will select three applications to forward to GPS. Prospective supervisors and applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by May 30, 2017.
Once applicants have been selected by the Faculty of Arts, they will be strongly encouraged to participate in person or by Skype in Banting application workshops and review groups offered by McGill’s Writing Centre (Graphos) from June 1-July 1. They will then submit a complete version of their Banting application to the Faculty of Arts by July 28. The Associate Dean’s Office will provide additional feedback and will work with applicants and their supervisors to polish the full application. Once completed, we will send the full applications to GPS by their internal deadline of August 15. At that time GPS will convene their selection committee for review of the Faculty-recommended applications. Not all recommended applications will be approved by GPS. GPS will provide recommended applicants with the Institutional Letter of Endorsement in time to meet the final Banting application deadline in mid-September (date to be confirmed). Based on feedback from GPS, applicants may be required to make modifications to their applications before the final deadline.
GPS and Graphos will be holding a Supervisor Information Session on June 5, 2017.
Please consult the Banting website and McGill’s GPS website for further details on the fellowship and for the responsibilities of the applicant, supervisor, and other university offices. Please also see here for the Banting selection committee’s evaluation criteria.