NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship




E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship


NSERC’s E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowships honour the memory of Dr. Edgar William Richard Steacie, an outstanding chemist and research leader who made major contributions to the development of science in Canada during, and immediately following, World War II. The Fellowships are awarded to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising university faculty who are earning a strong international reputation for original research.

The program allows up to six nominations from the University of Guelph that are demonstrably outstanding.


  • Candidates should have successfully defended their doctoral thesis within the last 12 years (i.e., 2005 or later) and hold a grant from NSERC. 
  • Candidates may be nominated by any individual or group; however, the nominators must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and be senior members of the Canadian science and engineering community. Self-nominations will not be accepted. The nominations must be endorsed by the executive head of the candidate's university.
  • The research of the nominee must be primarily based in the fields of the natural sciences and/or engineering. NSERC reserves the right to rule on the eligibility of nominees.
  • The start date of the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship should be between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.

Note: Individuals who are awarded a Discovery Accelerator Supplement and an E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship will be entitled to receive both awards, but not concurrently. 


Every year, NSERC awards up to six Steacie Fellowships that are held for a two-year period. Successful fellows are relieved of teaching and administrative duties, so that they can devote all their time and energy to research. The Fellowships are held at a Canadian university or affiliated research institution.

Each fellow receives a research grant of $250,000 over two years ($125,000 per year). The Fellowship normally also includes a contribution of up to $90,000 per year to the university toward the fellow's salary. Should the recipient of the Fellowship already hold another federal award that has a salary component, such as a Canada Research Chair or an Industrial Research Chair, NSERC will reduce the contribution to the university accordingly.

Special Notes

For nominations in engineering or the applied sciences, nominators should consult the NSERC Guidelines for the Preparation and Review of Applications in Engineering and the Applied Sciences, and prepare the nomination accordingly.

The nominators are responsible for assembling the required documentation, which must follow NSERC’s General Presentation Guidelines. Only the documents requested by NSERC will be made available to the selection committee.


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

Internal Deadline

Please send an email to research.services@uoguelph.ca notifying the Office of Research of your intention to submit a nomination by the end of the day May 19, 2017, so we can manage the quota and prepare for internal adjudication, if necessary.

Should you seek AVPR or VPR signature on a letter of endorsement, please send a draft letter along with your complete nomination package.

Internal Deadline

Please submit a signed OR-5 form and complete nomination package to resserv@uoguelph.ca

External Deadline

Nominations must be submitted by the nominator electronically to NSERC via Secure Submissions site.

How to Apply

How to nominate: 

  • The nomination process involves three people: (i) the nominator(s); (ii) the executive head of the university; and (iii) the nominee.
    1. The nominator(s) write(s) a letter that explains why the nominee deserves consideration for the Fellowship.
    2. The executive head of the university provides a letter endorsing the nomination.
    3. The nominee prepares the documentation identified on the nomination page.

As was confirmed by NSERC in previous years, nomination letters are to be endorsed by the executive head of the University. Please note, College Deans can serve as the executive head for the purposes of these nominations (as well as the AVPR and/or VPR).

How to submit nominations: 

For More Information

For Questions, please contact

Steacie Fellowships, NSERC
350 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON K1A 1H5
Tel.: 613-943-7653
Email: inquiries.steacie@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

Carolyn Dowling-Osborn, Senior Manager, Grants & Contracts
Office of Research, Research Support Services
Tel.: 519-824-4120 x52935
Email: cosborn@uoguelph.ca

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