UBC Internal Banting Competition FAQ

The following are a list of frequently-asked questions about the UBC Internal Banting Competition. For more information about the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program, visit the Banting website.

For any questions pertaining to the internal review process that are not addressed in this FAQ, email the PDFO at postdoctoral.fellows@ubc.ca. For any questions pertaining to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program, including questions about eligibility, please contact Banting directly. 

Updated Tuesday, August 8, 2017

General Enquiries
1. How many applications do you receive each year?
2. How many nominations do you put forward each year?
3. How many Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships does UBC receive each year?
4. How strict are the page length requirements and formatting requirements?
5. If I am awarded a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship through UBC, can I move the fellowship to another institution?
 

Eligibility 
6. Am I eligible for a Banting?
7. What happens if I completed my PhD outside of Banting’s eligibility window?
8. Can I apply for a Banting if I completed my doctoral degree at UBC?
9. Can I apply for a Banting if I am a current UBC postdoctoral fellow?

Finding a Supervisor 
10. How do I find a supervisor?

UBC Internal Banting Competition 
Deadlines and Application Support 
11. How firm is the UBC Internal Banting Competition deadline?
12. Do you have examples of successful Banting applications from previous years?

Application Components 
13. Can I submit my CCV in Draft format?
14. Do I have to submit references for the UBC Internal Banting Competition?
15. Is a Supervisor’s Statement required for the UBC Internal Banting Competition?
16. Should my supervisor submit the Supervisor’s Statement directly?
17. Who needs to sign the Fulfillment of Degree Requirements form?

Application Submission
18. How do I submit my application? 
19. I want to export a copy of my application from ResearchNet. Is this possible?
20. Can I submit a paper application?

Adjudication and Results
21. How are UBC nominees selected?
22. When will I know if I have been selected as a UBC Banting nominee?

UBC Nominees
23. I have been selected as a UBC nominee. Now what?
24. How do I get the Institutional Letter of Support? 
25. Can I update my application after receiving an institutional nomination?

For Supervisors 
26. Can a Supervisor/PI support more than one Banting applicant?
27. I am a Supervisor/PI who has agreed to supervise a Banting applicant. What is required of me as a supervisor?

General Enquiries

1. How many applications do you receive each year? 
The number of applications received varies by year and by tri-council.  

2. How many nominations do you put forward each year? 
The number of applications selected for institutional endorsement varies by year and by tri-council based on the caliber of the applicant pool. In keeping with Banting requirements, we only submit the highest-quality applications received as part of the UBC Internal Banting Competition. 

3. How many Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships does UBC receive each year? 
The number of Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships received varies from year to year. Detailed competition results, including all UBC winners, are available on the Banting website

4. How strict are the page length requirements and formatting requirements? 
Page length and presentation standards are determined by Banting. Applications that do not conform to the requirements set by Banting may be deemed ineligible. 

5. If I am awarded a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship through UBC, can I move the fellowship to another institution? 
No. As per the Banting eligibility guidelines, Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are tenable only at the institution which supported the original application for the program. 

Eligibility 

6. Am I eligible for a Banting? 
Eligibility requirements for the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program are set by Banting and are available on the Eligibility section of the Banting website. Please contact Banting directly if you have any questions about your eligibility.  

7. What happens if I completed my PhD outside of Banting’s eligibility window? 
Please refer to the Eligibility section of the Banting website for information about the eligibility window for degree completion and for allowable extensions to the eligibility window. Please contact Banting directly if you have any questions about your eligibility.  

8. Can I apply for a Banting if I completed my doctoral degree at UBC? 
Yes. However, you will be required to complete the Justification for remaining in PhD research environment attachment as part of your application. 

9. Can I apply for a Banting if I am a current UBC postdoctoral fellow? 
Yes. However, you will be required to complete the Justification for remaining in the same research environment (other than PhD) attachment as part of your application. 

Finding a Supervisor 

10. How do I find a supervisor?
In taking the first steps to embark on a Postdoctoral Fellowship application, it is critical to make contact with appropriate Faculty members at the University working in your field of research. Please check faculties/departments of interest – each department has a list of faculty members and their research topics, and you can also search research faculty by keyword on our website

UBC Internal Banting Competition 

Deadlines and Application Support 

11. How firm is the UBC Internal Banting Competition deadline? 
Due to a very tight working schedule, the UBC Internal Banting Competition deadline is a firm deadline. 

12. Do you have examples of successful Banting applications from previous years?
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide examples of successful Banting applications from previous years. 

Application Components 

13. Can I submit my CCV in Draft format? 
For the purpose of the UBC Internal Banting Competition only, you may submit your CCV in draft format. 

14. Do I have to submit references for the UBC Internal Banting Competition? 
For the purpose of the UBC Internal Banting Competition, referee assessments are not required. However, should your application be selected for UBC endorsement, you will be required to provide the appropriate referee assessments by the Banting deadline of Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 20:00 PM EDT (17:00 PM PDT)

15. Is a Supervisor’s Statement required for the UBC Internal Banting Competition? 
Yes, Supervisor’s Statements are required for the UBC Internal Banting Competition. Please ensure that your Supervisor’s Statement meets all of the requirements, including Presentation standards, set out by Banting.

16. Should my supervisor submit the Supervisor’s Statement directly? 
No. Please submit your Supervisor’s Statement as part of the full Banting application package submitted in .PDF format to the PDFO. 

17. Who needs to sign the Fulfillment of Degree Requirements form? 
Please contact the institution at which you completed your doctoral degree to determine the appropriate signatory for the Fulfillment of Degree Requirements form.

If you completed your doctoral degree at UBC, please email a completed form in .PDF format to graduate.thesis@ubc.ca. Once received, the form will be signed by the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and returned to you by email.

Application Submission 

18. How do I submit my application? 
Applications must be submitted as one continuous PDF file in the following order and emailed to postdoctoral.fellows@ubc.ca:

  1. UBC Internal Banting Competition Cover Form
  2. Canadian Common CV (Vanier-Banting Academic Template)
  3. Significance of research contributions    
  4. Significance of leadership contributions    
  5. Fulfillment of Degree Requirements Form    
  6. If applicable, Special circumstances    
  7. Research Proposal     
  8. Bibliography
  9. Supervisor’s Statement    

Please name the continuous PDF file “Lastname, Firstname – Banting Application 2017_2018”. 

19. I want to export a copy of my application from ResearchNet. Is this possible? 
Within your ResearchNet site:

  • Under Banting Postdoctoral Fellows Program
  • Apply for Funding section
  • Go to Tasks
  • Click on Preview (6th item on the list)
  • Under Application Materials
  • Click on Preview in Application Details (should generate a PDF file)
  • Save the file. 

20. Can I submit a paper application? 
No. Please submit your UBC Internal Banting Competition application in electronic (.PDF) form. 

Adjudication and Results 

21. How are UBC nominees selected?
All applications to the UBC Internal Banting Competition are reviewed for eligibility, and all eligible applications are forwarded to one of three internal tri-council committees for review. The internal review committees select applications to be put forward for institutional endorsement. 

22. When will I know if I have been selected as a UBC Banting nominee? 
All applicants will be notified of the UBC Internal Banting Competition results by email no later than Tuesday, September 5, 2017. 

UBC Nominees

23. I have been selected as a UBC nominee. Now what?
Applicants selected as UBC nominees  will receive a copy of the Institutional Letter of Support required by Banting in .PDF format by email no later than Wednesday, September 13, 2017. UBC nominees must upload all required documents to ResearchNet to complete the Banting application process. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all components of the application including the Letter of Endorsement and appropriate referee assessments are submitted by the final deadline of Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 20:00 PM EDT (17:00 PM PDT).

Prior to submitting the final application to Banting, applications must first be submitted to the Office of Research Services. Please consult the ORS Signature Guidelines for UBC Vancouver and the ORS Signature Guidelines for UBC Okanagan for information about submitting your application to ORS.

All candidates are responsible for meeting any UBC internal deadlines set by their faculties and/or departments. Please consult with your unit for any internal deadlines. 

24. How do I get the Institutional Letter of Support?
Applicants selected for UBC endorsement will be sent a completed and signed Institutional Letter of Support in .PDF format by email no later than Wednesday, September 13, 2017. 

25. Can I update my application after receiving an institutional nomination? 
While you may make minor adjustments to your application package prior to the final Banting submission, it is expected that UBC nominees will not make major adjustments prior to final submission as the institutional endorsement was adjudicated based on the initial documents provided. 

For Supervisors 

26. Can a Supervisor/PI support more than one Banting applicant?
Yes, a Supervisor/PI may support more than one Banting applicant. However, the Supervisor/PI must be prepared to provide the necessary resources should all of their applicants be successful in the national Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships competition. 

27. I am a Supervisor/PI who has agreed to supervise a Banting applicant. What is required of me as a supervisor?
Host institutions play a critical role in the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program, and are asked to endorse only their highest-calibre postdoctoral researchers. Supervisors who have identified applicants of this calibre must work with these candidates in preparing a full Banting Application Package for submission with all relevant attachments as detailed on the Banting website.

As part of the Banting application, Supervisors/PIs are required to submit a Supervisor’s Statement. In order to assist in the development of this document, the PDFO has created a template Supervisor’s Statement that can be accessed through the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Faculty and Staff Portal.  An active CWL account is required to access this template document; please contact postdoctoral.fellows@ubc.ca if you are unable to access this portal. 

Please be advised that Banting Postdoctoral Fellows are entitled to benefits; however, the $70,000 annual stipend does not cover this cost. It is the Supervisor/PI’s responsibility to ensure that they or their unit have the funding required to cover these expenses. For more information about benefits at UBC, please consult the Benefits website. For sample costs, please refer to the benefits calculator.