Royal Society of Canada Fellowships

Election to Fellowship in the 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.

Nominations: Nominations for Fellowship must 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 consists of:

  1. An introductory letter from the Primary Nominator
    2. Two letters of co-nomination
    3. A 70-word citation written for non-specialists
    4. A 1000-word detailed appraisal of achievements
    5. A list of 15 key scholarly/artistic contributions of the nominee, including links to the works, where possible
    6. The nominee’s CV
    7. Referee assessments with a 250-word biography of each referee respectively appended
  • 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

Key Dates
September 2017 – RSC will launch the 2018 competition
December 1, 2017 – Nominations must be submitted to the RSC
July 2018 – Elected Fellows and their Primary Nominators will be notified
September 2018 – Public Announcement

Contact: Potential nominators and nominees must consult with Julaine Hall at Research Development & Services –

More information…

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Kueneman, Karen
Staff, 2015 Fall
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