John Charles Polanyi Prizes - 2019 Competition


Ontario Government


In honour of the achievement of John Charles Polanyi, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Government of the Province of Ontario has established a fund to provide annually up to five prizes to outstanding researchers in the early stages of their career who are continuing to post-doctoral studies or have recently started a faculty appointment at an Ontario university. 


To be eligible for an award, an applicant must:

  • be normally resident in Ontario;
  • have received their doctoral degree from any recognized university in the world on or after September 1, 2015, or, if the doctoral degree has not yet been awarded, be confident that they will have completed all degree requirements by April 30, 2019 (an applicant who was on parental leave between the time of completion of the doctorate and the time of application may have their period of eligibility extended by six months);
  • either be planning to continue to post-doctoral studies, or hold a faculty appointment, in a recognized publicly assisted university in Ontario.

Enquiries about these criteria may be directed to


The prizes have a value of $20,000 each and are available in the areas broadly defined as Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Economic Science.

Special Notes

Each assessor’s letter should be sent electronically to the Dean of Graduate Studies of the sponsoring university (i.e., not via the applicant) no later than December 1, 2018. 


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

Internal Deadline

All required components of the package as outlined by the Council of Ontario Universities must be submitted to the University of Guelph Graduate Studies Office at

External Deadline

The sponsoring university’s Dean of Graduate Studies must submit all applications electronically to 

How to Apply

Visit the John Charles Polanyi Prizes, 2019 

For More Information

See program website 


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