College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in the Royal Society of Canada

The College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists, a branch of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. It gathers scholars, artists, and scientists who have demonstrated a high level of achievement in an early and highly productive stage of their careers into a collegium where new understandings emerge from the interaction of their diverse intellectual, cultural, and social perspectives. Membership terms are seven years.

Nominators must be Members of the College or Fellows of the RSC.

Eligibility: Nominees must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents within 15 years of the conferral of their PhD or equivalent (January 1, 2001 or later)

A complete nomination package includes:

  1. A completed nomination form
  2. A cover letter from the nominator (max. 1 page)
  • Introduces the nomination and explains any career interruptions
  • Details the highlights of the candidate’s career and illustrates how s/he meets the nomination criteria
  • Lists the name of the referee and indicates why s/he has been selected
  • Does not repeat information in the detailed appraisal; is not to be cast as an additional letter of reference
  1. A letter of reference from a person of authority on the candidate and their field
  • Indicates referee’s direct knowledge of the candidate and their work
  • Highlights originality, significance and impact of the candidate’s career as well as national and international reputation
  • Should be ‘fact heavy’ and mention external measures such as citation indexes where appropriate
  • Append a biography of the referee (max. 250 words) to the last page of the letter.
  • Max. 3 pages; the 250-word biography can extend onto a fourth page
  1. A 1000-word summary of the nominee’s record
  • presents a narrative of the candidate’s career clearly indicating s/he meets the criteria for and is deserving of election
  • only as technical as is necessary; it will be reviewed by both specialists and non-specialists
  • notes how and why the candidate’s work is original and significant and highlights awards and prizes for scholarship
  • discusses national and international impact and reputation of the candidate’s career
  1. A 70-word citation
  • Essentially a synopsis of the 1000-word summary
  • Normally does not play a significant role in assessment of a nomination
  1. Nominee’s CV
  • covers the candidate’s entire career
  • structured based on the candidate’s discipline and in a format acceptable to any of the tri-councils

Deadline and Submission: March 15, 2016
Completed nomination packages (including the online form) are submitted via email.

Interested parties (nominators and nominees) should contact Julaine Hall, for support, resources, and information.

Additional details can be found at:

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Kueneman, Karen
Staff, 2015 Fall
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