Charles Taylor Prize for Excellence in Policy Research 2024


Charles Taylor is one of the great Canadian thinkers of the last century, and Prospect magazine has called him perhaps “the most important philosopher writing in English today.”

The author of countless articles and the groundbreaking Sources of the Self and The Malaise of Modernity, Taylor has also received the prestigious Kyoto and Templeton Prizes. As a philosophically committed social democrat, much of his work has been rooted in real world concerns. He has been a candidate for the federal NDP and president of the Quebec NDP and, in 2007, was co-chair of the Bouchard-Taylor Commission on reasonable accommodation with regard to cultural differences in the province of Quebec.

In recognition of Taylor’s rich legacy of politically resonant scholarship, the Charles Taylor Prize for Excellence in Policy Research is awarded annually to a researcher whose work has made an important contribution to policy debates relevant to building a more socially just Canada.



  • A commitment to progressive/social democratic values.
  • Primary responsibility as the lead author/creator of the policy, research or philosophical contribution in question.
  • Priority given to persons whose work has had demonstrable impact on policy making, governance or the political discourse

Nominees will be assessed on the strength of the nomination and the success of their work.


The winner will be invited to attend the 2024 Progress Summit, April 10-12, in Ottawa to deliver remarks.


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

External Deadline

Please submit the nomination directly to the Broadbent Institute website. Please also submit a copy of the full nomination to

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online to the Broadbent Institute website. Please also submit a completed application to by the external deadline. 

For More Information

For more information, contact or see the Broadbent Institute website. 

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