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Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

 Instructions for Stanford Unversity Letter of Endorsement 

Official Banting Application Deadline: Sept. 19, 2018

Internal Stanford Deadline: noon on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018

The following checklist gives Stanford postdoctoral applicants instructions for the required "Letter of Endorsement" for the Banting Fellowship application.

The required Banting Fellowship Letter of Endorsement comes from Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, Dr. Sofie Kleppner. 
Please submit any questions about this process to our office via HelpSU (click here).
A draft letter of endorsement and all application materials must be emailed five working days (by noon on 09/12/18) prior to the official application deadline. (Instructions below.)

Draft Letter of Endorsement Checklist:

1.) Your Contact Information

Please include your full name, your faculty sponsor's full name, your department, your mailing address, cell phone#, and email address at the top of the draft letter.

2.) Follow directions at Banting Fellowship Letter of Endorsement

Under Item #1 (Describe the process...): 
Please include the following language in the draft letter: "The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Stanford University does not currently have a selection process because of the relatively small pool of applicants for the Banting Fellowship." 
Under Item #2 (Confirm agreement with...): 
Please summarize your "supervisor's statement of synergy" in the draft letter and confirm agreement with the statement.
For the Supervisor's Statement, please ensure that it includes: 
Appropriateness of supervisor, research environment, and professional development (including Stanford Individual Development Plan [IDP]). Note that "institutional commitment & demonstrated synergy" asks for the following:
Professional development - Describe the institution's commitment to the applicant's professional leadership development, clearly indicating the resources and/or mentoring activities that are available through the institution to support career development. These could include, but are not limited to: (Note: links are only examples, please be as specific as you can in the draft letter.)
Consider the funding facilities & equipment generally included in grant proposals AND the professional development demonstrated through the IDP and the numerous programs (identify those most useful or interesting for your career); Consider the broader research environment - department and collaborations; Consider the strategic priorities of your department, and your school.
Under Item #3 (Confirm the institution's commitment...):
Please include the following language in the draft letter: "Stanford University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce. It welcomes participation from women, members of minority groups, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research and teaching mission."

3.) Email your draft letter of endorsement and all application materials five working days (by noon on 09/12/18) prior to the official application deadline to Banting Fellowship - Stanford Box at email address to reach Dr. Kleppner and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. 

Email Instructions:
  • Please use your last name in the file name of your attachments.
  • The draft letter of endorsement must be in MS Word formatting.
  • Other application materials should be in one PDF or MS Word file.
  • Any text entered in the body of emails to Stanford Box will be lost.
  • Please do not email materials directly to Dr. Kleppner. 


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