Canada Council for the Arts: Molson Prizes 2018


Canada Council for the Arts in cooperation with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)


The 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.

The winners are chosen by a peer assessment committee, which is appointed jointly by the Canada Council and the SSHRC.


Candidates must be nominated by one nominator; either an individual or an organization. Anyone or any organization with an interest in, and capacity for, nominating appropriate individuals is eligible to do so.

These prizes are for individuals. Candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, as defined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. They do not need to be residing in Canada.

To be nominated, candidates must have made a substantial and distinguished contribution over a significant period. In the words of the deed of the gift, the prizes are intended “to encourage Canadians of outstanding achievement in the fields of the arts, the humanities or the social sciences to make further contribution to the cultural or intellectual heritage of Canada....” These terms of reference are interpreted as follows:

  • must have clearly demonstrated “outstanding achievement” in order to be eligible
  • contribution” entails that the candidates should still be active and productive.In other words, the prize is not intended as an “end of service” reward or as recognition for one great accomplishment. Past assessment committees have been quite consistent in choosing winners who are close to the top of an outstanding career.


Funding Availability

Two prizes values at up to $50,000 each

Indirect Costs



If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Department to submit complete nomination documentation along with an OR5 form to:

All documents submitted must be original with original signatures.

Information on this competition, nomination process and nomination form along with the guidelines can be found on the Canada Council for the Arts website.

External Deadline

Nominations are to be mailed/couriered to the Canada Council for the Arts; Prizes Section, 150 Elgin Street, P.O. Box 1047, Ottawa ON K1P 5V8

For Questions, please contact

Luiza Pereira
Program Officer

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Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
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