Major Prizes, Awards and Fellowships

Internal Research Awards for Faculty

Every year York recognizes the outstanding research achievements of its faculty members with a variety of Awards. Information regarding the various opportunities that faculty members can pursue are listed in the below Calendar.

Calendar

March – Distinguished Research Professorships

The Senate Awards Committee solicits nominations for Distinguished Research Professorships to be awarded to Professors who have demonstrated scholarly achievement by sustained publication or other recognized and accepted demonstrations of sustained authoritative contributions to scholarship.

May – LA&PS Award for Distinction in Research, Creativity or Scholarship

The  LA&PS Award for Distinction in Research, Creativity or Scholarship recognizes research distinction in one's academic career that goes significantly beyond disciplinary expectations in the demonstration of excellence in a body of research, scholarly and/or creative works. There are two categories of eligibility: Emerging Researcher (up to the 10th year post PhD) and Established Researcher (10 or more years post PhD).

May – LA&PS Award in Social Justice Research (Biennial)

The LA&PS Award in Social Justice Research recognizes distinction in an academic career that not only exceeds disciplinary expectations but also demonstrates significant contribution to the advancement of the principles and practices of social justice in any of its various forms of expression through research, scholarly and/or creative activity and engagement.

June - December – York Research Chairs

York Research Chairs (five-year terms – Passport York Login Required)

  • Tier 1 Chairs - $25,000 annual research grant and 50% course release.
  • Tier 2 Chairs - $20,000 annual research grant and 50% course release.

York Research Chairs (YRC) are awarded through a two-stage competition process that begins in the applicant’s home Faculty. The YRC program mirrors the federal Canada Research Chairs program, to broaden and deepen the impact of research chairs at York in building and intensifying world-renowned research across the institution.

November – President's Research Excellence Award ($10,000)

The President's Research Excellence Award recognizes senior, established, full-time, active faculty members at the rank of Professor, with distinguished scholarly achievements who have had a notable impact on their field(s) and made a significant contribution to advancing the University’s international reputation for research excellence while significantly and positively contributing to one or more aspects of the York community’s intellectual life.

November – President's Emerging Research Leadership Award ($5,000)

President's Emerging Research Leadership Award is for full-time faculty members within 10 years of their first academic appointment, who have had a notable impact on their field(s) and made a significant contribution to advancing the University’s international reputation for research excellence while significantly and positively contributing to the York community’s intellectual life.

 

Major External Research Prizes, Awards and Fellowships

The LA&PS Research Unit offers advice and assistance to faculty members in the identification, preparation and submission of nomination and application packages for major national and international prizes, fellowships and awards.

If you are interested in one of the below opportunities, please consult the information provided regarding nomination / application procedures and deadlines.

Calendar

January – John Charles Polanyi Prizes ($20,000)

For outstanding recent PhD graduates and new faculty, the John Charles Polanyi Prizes are available in the areas broadly defined as Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Economic Science.

March – Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

The Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists recognizes outstanding scholars, scientists, and artists who are within 15 years of receiving their PhD or equivalent.

March – Royal Society of Canada Medals and Awards

RSC Medals and Awards are designated for eminent Canadian scholars and researchers who have had outstanding achievements in research and scholarship. There are several different medals and awards available to researchers in the social sciences and humanities.

April – SSHRC Impact Awards

SSHRC Impact Awards (Gold Medal - $100,000, Insight, Connection, Partnership, and Talent - $50,000 each category)

The awards recognize outstanding researchers and celebrate their achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities funded partially or completely by SSHRC.

May – Killam Research Fellowship

Killam Research Fellowship (Course/administrative release for 2 years, value: $140,000)

The fellowships support outstanding scholars (normally full professors at Canadian universities and research institutes) to carry out their groundbreaking projects in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering and interdisciplinary studies within these fields.

June – Killam Prizes

Killam Prizes (up to 5 prizes, $100,000 each)

These prizes honour distinguished Canadian scholars who have been engaged in research in the following disciplines:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Engineering

November – Traditional Fulbright Awards

Traditional Fulbright Awards (valued at $12,500 for one semester, either September or January)

These fellowships are open to Canadian scholars in all fields and are designed to enable emerging and established scholars, post-doctoral researchers and experienced professionals to conduct research, teach, or undertake a combination of both activities for one semester or a full academic year at any university or research center of their choice in the United States.

November – Canada-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs Program

Canada-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs Program (up to 1 year residency, plus $25,000)

These awards are intended for Canadian citizens who are exceptional scholars and/or experienced professionals who wish to conduct research and/or lecture in the United States.

December – Trudeau Foundation Fellowship

Trudeau Foundation Fellowship ($150,000 over 3 years, plus $50,000 prize, & $25,000 for travel to Foundation Events)

These fellowships are for researchers who have set themselves apart through their capacity to propose creative solutions to important issues and their ability to inform public debate beyond the academic sphere. Specifically for Humanities and Social Sciences scholars working across one or more of the following themes:

  • Human Rights and Dignity
  • Responsible Citizenship
  • Canada in the World
  • People and their Natural Environment

December – Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

Nominations can only be initiated by existing Fellows or Institutional Members. The criterion for nomination is excellence, which is understood to encompass the goals of diversity and inclusivity to which the RSC is committed, and to which the membership of RSC is expected to exemplify in terms of discipline, gender, ethno-racial diversity, aboriginality, and official languages.

December – Molson Prize – Canada Council for the Arts

Molson Prize – Canada Council for the Arts ($50,000 for 1 year)

Molson Prizes are awarded to two persons – one in the arts and the other in the social sciences and humanities, who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding achievements. The prizes are intended to encourage ongoing contributions to Canada's cultural and intellectual heritage.

 

For a listing of LA&PS recipients of prestigious internal and external research awards, visit our Distinguished Researchers Page.