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Honours & Awards Nominations

Review upcoming awards and honours opportunities and tips on how to complete a successful nomination.

Early and Mid-Career

NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships (Internal deadline soon!)

  • Two-year fellowship for release from teaching and administrative responsibilities intended for outstanding scientific research in science or engineering.
  • Eligibility: Received PhD within last 10 years.
  • Value: $250,000 CAD

Sloan Research Fellowships

  • International 2-year fellowships for outstanding fundamental research in Economics or a related field.
  • Eligibility: Candidates must be tenure-track but untenured and must have regular teaching responsibilities.
  • Value: $75,000 USD

Steacie Prize

  • Presented annually to a scientist or engineer for outstanding scientific research in the natural sciences carried out in Canada.
  • Eligibility: Age 40 or younger
  • Value: $10,000 CAD

1907 Trailblazer Award

  • Awarded to early career MDs and PhDs researching mental health.
  • Eligibility: Received PhD within last 10 years.
  • Value: $120,000 USD

RSC College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists

  • National college of excellent emerging scholars in any discipline. Enables participation in the activities of the Royal Society of Canada for a seven-year term.
  • Eligibility: Received PhD within last 15 years
  • Value: Membership

Guggenheim Fellowships

  • 6-12 month fellowships intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, or arts.
  • Eligibility: No age limit; but, often awarded in early to mid-career.
  • Value: Variable

John Charles Polanyi Prizes

  • Provincial prizes in Literature, Economic Science offered by the Council of Ontario Universities.
  • Eligibility: Received PhD within last 3 years
  • Value: $20,000 CAD

Many of the above opportunities offer extensions to the eligibility windows to accommodate career interruption due to maternity, childrearing, illness, or health-related family responsibilities.

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Resource Hub

Divisional Honours & Awards Coordinators List
Refer to this list to find the relevant divisional coordinator. Contact them for support in the early stages of preparing a nomination.

U of T Awards Opportunities Database (must login with UTORID)
This database offers profiles of many major national and international award and honour opportunities. It provides updated overviews, eligibility requirements, important deadlines, and lists past U of T winners.

Awards Nomination Tips & Resources
Access tips and resources to support the development of a strong honour or award nomination.

Pivot Funding Database
A comprehensive international funding database available to all U of T faculty and staff allowing the creation of curated lists based on your profile.

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Quick Tips

  • Tip 1: Review nomination guidelines and eligibility requirements on the sponsor’s website.
  • Tip 2:  If you think you may be eligible and competitive, contact your divisional coordinator who may be able to help you develop your nomination.
  • Tip:3: Consider who might advocate for your research and write you a strong nomination letter.
  • Tip 4: Repurpose content – preparing an application may be easier than you think.
  • Tip 5:  Submitting nominations for honours and awards are part of a long-term strategy. By applying as an early- or mid-career scholar, you make yourself competitive for major national and international awards later in your career.
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