Competition Procedures 2018
Internal application procedures
There are three levels to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition: Faculty; University; and National.
The Faculty of Arts will conduct an internal competition to select the candidates it will submit to the University's internal competition. Prospective McGill supervisors of Banting applicants are invited to submit a preliminary application consisting of the following documents, in a single PDF file, via email to adr.arts [at] mcgill.ca by May 4, 2018:
- Two-page (maximum) support letter for the applicant, clearly describing the complementarities between the applicant, the supervisor, the Faculty, and McGill research environment
- Applicant's CV
- One-page statement outlining the applicant’s proposed postdoctoral research at McGill
- Names of three proposed referees, including the applicant’s association to them and a URL link to the referees’ websites
In preparing these materials, you may find it helpful to consult the Banting Selection Committee’s evaluation criteria. Please also 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.
Applicant eligibility (see details on the Banting website)
As these are extremely competitive Fellowships, supervisors should choose their nominees with care. In particular, applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:
- Must not be completing or have completed a PhD at McGill
- Must have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD between September 21, 2015 and September 30, 2019 (exact dates to be confirmed when the national Banting competition is announced) and before the start date of their award
- Must not hold a tenure-track or tenured faculty position at McGill or elsewhere
- Applicants who currently hold or have held agency-specific (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) awards at the postdoctoral level are eligible to apply to the 2018-19 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program only if the term of that funding officially ends on or before September 30, 2019 and prior to the start of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. Early termination of the agency-specific postdoctoral award for the purpose of application to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is not permitted.
- Note: There is no citizenship restriction.
Four candidates will be nominated by the Faculty of Arts to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) selection committee. Prospective supervisors and applicants will be notified of the Faculty’s decision by May 30, 2018.
Other deadlines and details
The four applicants selected by the Faculty of Arts will then each submit a complete version of the Banting application according to the following timeline:
- Summer 2018 (dates to be confirmed): Applicants will participate in Banting application workshops and review groups offered by Graphos at the McGill Writing Centre.
- Early June (date to be confirmed): Applicants’ supervisors will attend the Supervisor Information Session offered by GPS and Graphos.
- July 27, 2018: Applicants will submit a complete version of their Banting application to the Faculty of Arts.
- Early to mid-August: The Office of the Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts, will provide additional feedback to applicants and their supervisors in order to polish the full application.
- August 15, 2018: The Associate Dean’s Office will forward the applications to GPS, who will then convene their selection committee to review the Faculty-recommended applications.
- Mid-September: GPS will provide shortlisted applicants with feedback and the Institutional Letter of Endorsement, to be included in the final Banting application online. Based on the feedback from GPS, applicants may be strongly encouraged to make modifications to their application before the final application deadline in mid-September (see below).
- Mid-September (date to be confirmed): Applicants selected by GPS will upload the Institutional Letter of Endorsement to their application and submit the complete file on ResearchNet.