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.


Two prizes values at up to $50,000 each


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

External Deadline

How to Apply

Your completed nomination form and all required support documentation (including letters of support) must be postmarked on or before the deadline date.  The Canada Council for the Arts will not accept nominations postmarked after the deadline date, incomplete nominations, or those submitted by fax or email.  

As this is not an application for research funding, no OR-5 is required. However, if you plan to nominate a University of Guelph faculty member, or if you are being nominated, we would like to know. Please alert the Office of Research, Strategic Programs at

For More Information

See the Molson Prizes website. Read the Nomination Guidelines for details about the purpose of the prizes, who may nominate or be nominated and other eligibility criteria, prize amount, assessment process and criteria, etc.​ 


Alert Classifications
Honours and Awards

Social Sciences