Royal Society of Canada Fellowships 2017

Election to Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Canada’s national academy, is the highest honour that can be attained by Canadian scholars, researchers, and artists. Fellows are peer-elected as the best in their field, and thus represent the pinnacle of Canadian intellectual leadership. Their exceptional intellectual achievements are evidenced by a body of publications, intellectual endeavours, or creative activities exhibiting original contributions in the arts, humanities, or sciences, as well as activities in public life.

Eligibility: Nominees must be Canadian Citizens or have had Canadian Permanent Resident status for at least three years.

Nominations can be made by either:

  • A Fellow of the RSC, accompanied by two letters of co-nomination, one being from another Fellow of the RSC (this is the preferred nomination method); or
  • The President of the university, accompanied by two letters of co-nomination, neither of which need be from a Fellow of the RSC

Nomination Process:
A complete nomination package will consist of:

  • An introductory letter from the Primary Nominator
  • Two letters of co-nomination
  • A 70-word citation written for non-specialists
  • A 1000-word detailed appraisal of achievements
  • A list of 15 key scholarly/artistic contributions of the nominee, including links
  • The nominee’s CV (max. 50 pages)
  • Referee assessments with a 250-word biography of each referee respectively appended (max. three pages each, including the biography)
    • Arts and humanities (Academy I) nominations require two referees
    • Social science (Academy II) nominations require three referees
    • Science and engineering nominations (Academy III) require five referees: two from within Canada and three from outside Canada

Important Dates:
September, 2016            Online submission process opens
December 1, 2016           Complete nominations must be submitted electronically to the Royal Society of Canada
July, 2017                        Elected Fellows will be notified
September, 2017            Official public announcement

Contact: For more information, or questions relating to the Royal Society of Canada Fellowships please contact:  Julaine Hall (  or x87970)

Further details, award guidelines and access to the nomination form (pending) can be found online:

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Kueneman, Karen
Staff, 2015 Fall
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