NSERC Steacie Memorial Fellowships - 2020


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)


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.

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 research of the nominee must be primarily based in the fields of the natural sciences and/or engineering.
  • Candidates should have successfully defended their doctoral thesis within the last 12 years (i.e., Jan 1 2008 or later) and hold a grant from NSERC. Parental leave taken for child bearing and rearing is not counted as part of the 12-year period; however, such periods must be identified in the application.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • The nominations must be endorsed by the executive head of the candidate's university.


  • Each fellow receives a research grant of $250,000 over two years. The start date of the Fellowship should be between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022; and the award is normally paid in two installments of $125,000 per year.
  • The Fellowship normally includes a contribution of up to $90,000 per year to the university toward the fellow's salary.
  • As part of the Fellowship agreement, the university is expected to fund a replacement for the fellow's teaching and administrative responsibilities.
  • ​Individuals who are awarded a Discovery Accelerator Supplement and and E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship will be entitled to receive both awards, but not concurrently. Contact NSERC Program Staff for more information.

Special Notes

The nominations will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Candidate's stature in the scientific or engineering community—both national and international;
  • Importance and scope of the candidate's research and its impact on the field, society and, if applicable, on industry;
  • Candidate's specific accomplishments within his or her field;
  • Candidate's overall suitability for the award.


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

Internal Deadline

As this prize involves time release from teaching, interested candidates must seek approval from their School Director/Department Chair.  If approved, please notify your CRM/ADR and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to stratprg@uoguelph.ca by the internal deadline.

External Deadline

This is the anticipated deadline for the sponsor as program details are not yet released. Please also submit a copy of the application and your OR-5 to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

How to Apply

You must obtain approval from your School Director/Department Chair in order to apply for the NSERC Steacie Memorial Fellowship. If your Chair agrees to your application, please notify your CRM/ADR of your interest.    The Vice-President (Research) will serve as nominator for those nominees recommended by the Honours and Awards Advisory Committee.  If you wish to be considered for VPR nomination, please submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) by the internal deadline.

An Expression of Interest will include:

  • A draft letter (two-three pages) addressed to the VPR which outlines how you meet the criteria of the Fellowship;
  • An up-to-date CV (up to 10 pages); and
  • An email or letter from the School Director/Department Chair confirming support for the nomination.

For more information, please contact stratprg@uoguelph.ca (Trudeau Fellowship) or visit the NSERC Prizes - Steacie website.

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