Postdoctoral Fellowships

postdoctoral fellowshipsThe Department of Sociology is happy to welcome into our community postdoctoral fellows who have demonstrated excellence in their doctoral work and show promise as scholars in an area where our faculty have particular expertise. Potential applicants to either a Banting postdoctoral fellowship or a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship should first contact the faculty member with whom they would like to work. We then ask that the faculty supervisor inform the Department’s Research Coordinator, Sherri Klassen, and the Graduate Chair, Melissa Milkie.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship is a prestigious award that is available to both Canadian citizens and foreign nationals. Providing $70,000 per year for two years, the Banting program aims to “attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally; develop their leadership potential; and position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow.”

The application process for the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship requires that the applicant, the proposed supervisor, and the host institution work in collaboration to prepare a competitive application. To that end, interested applicants should contact potential supervisors early in the summer.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant to the 2017-18 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree:

  • Between September 20, 2014 and September 30, 2018(inclusively), and
  • Before the start date of their award.

Applicants who have not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time of application must submit proof no later than October 15, 2018.

Adjudication Criteria

The Banting program selects the recipients for the award based on the following criteria:

  1. Research excellence and leadership in the research domain
  2. Quality of the applicant’s proposed research program
  3. Institutional commitment and demonstrated synergy between applicant and institutional strategic priorities

Because the synergy between the institution and the applicant’s research is one of the criteria, we will work closely in drafting the materials that relate to this item. See more information about the eligibility and adjudication criteria on the Banting website.

Application Procedures for Applicants to the Sociology Department at the University of Toronto

To begin the application process for the University of Toronto, the applicants should first contact and obtain the agreement of a faculty advisor (or co-advisors) who is a member of our graduate faculty. Once they have secured the support of a potential advisor, they and/or the supervisor should inform both the Graduate Chair (Melissa Milkie) and the department’s Research Coordinator (Sherri Klassen) of their intent to apply.  Sherri can offer tips for the application if the process is begun early.

In order to collaborate on the materials addressing the synergy between the applicant and institutional strategic priorities, we require a draft of the Research Proposal and the supervisor’s statement by July 31st.  By August 8th, we will also need a CV, and the following parts of the Banting application module:

  • significance of research contributions
  • significance of leadership contributions
  • project overview including lay summary

Procedures may vary depending upon the faculty supervisor’s home campus. The department will forward our top candidates to the university-wide competitions and candidates who were successful at that level will then receive a letter of endorsement from the university and should complete their application by September 20th, 2017.

The SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships provide financial support to Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are recent PhD recipients in the Social Sciences and Humanities.  Fellowships will normally be awarded to candidates affiliated with a university other than that which awarded the PhD.

Eligibility Requirements

To apply to this funding opportunity, the applicant must:

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada (by the application deadline);
  • not hold a permanent faculty position, or a faculty position leading to permanency;
  • have finalized arrangements for affiliation with a recognized university or research institution;
  • have applied not more than twice before to the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships funding opportunity;
  • not be applying in the 2017-18 academic year to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships Program or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Fellowship funding opportunity; and
  • not have already received a postdoctoral award (including a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship) from SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR.

Adjudication Criteria

SSHRC convenes a multi-disciplinary panel to evaluate the postdoctoral fellowship applications according to the following criteria: challenge—the aim and importance of the endeavour (20%); feasibility—the plan to achieve excellence (30%); and capability—the expertise to succeed (50%). Please read more about these criteria on the SSHRC opportunity page.

Application Procedures for Applicants to the Sociology Department at the University of Toronto

To begin the application process for the University of Toronto, the applicants should first contact and obtain the agreement of a faculty advisor (or co-advisors) who is a member of our graduate faculty. Once they have secured the support of a potential advisor, they and/or the supervisor should inform both the Graduate Chair (Melissa Milkie) and the department’s Research Coordinator (Sherri Klassen) of their intent to apply.

Because the application requires a letter of “Institutional Nomination and Commitment,” we ask that applicants provide us with their program of work and that supervisors provide us with their “Research Appraisal” by no later than September 10th.