University Research Leadership Chairs 2022/2023


University of Guelph


Research Leadership Chairs recognize research excellence of mid- to late-career-stage faculty who have proven records of distinguished and sustained scholarly work. Research Leadership Chairs are prominent researchers who have received significant recognition on both a national and international level.

The intent of the Research Leadership Chairs is to provide an additional tool by which to recognize faculty members who have achieved significant research recognition both nationally and internationally, acknowledging the UG commitment to enhancing diversity in research leadership. These faculty may already be recipients of external honours, and the Research Leadership Chair further recognizes their contribution to both University reputation and advances within their discipline.



To be eligible, a faculty member must minimally hold the title of Associate Professor. It is anticipated that many Research Leadership Chairs will be Full Professors. Faculty can only receive a Research Leadership Chair once during their employment, but, if they have not been awarded a Research Leadership Chair previously, they can be nominated as many times as a College wishes to nominate.


Recipients of Research Leadership Chairs hold the title for three years. Each college will hold up to two Research Leadership Chairs, with 14 in total held across the University at any given time.

Research Leadership Chairs are not renewable and can only be held once during employment at the University.

During tenure of the Chair, Research Leadership Chairs receive $15,000 per annum in research funds from the University. Colleges may wish to augment this award (e.g., additional research funds, course release).

Each Research Leadership Chair will be expected to submit a one-page annual report indicating how the research funds were used in support of their research.

Special Notes

Each college must place a premium on equity, diversity and inclusion in their selection of Research Leadership Chairs. The pair of Research Leadership Chairs in any given college must include at least one person who self-identifies
with a gender-identity equity-seeking group (including women and people who self-identify with a minority gender identity such as transgender or non-binary).
Each college runs their own selection process for nominees. Colleges can decide how many nominations they wish to receive for review and how nominations are evaluated prior to submission for approval by the Provost and VPR.
Colleges review the departmental / school nominees and nominate individuals to fill up to a total of two Research Leadership Chairs available to their college.  The pair of Research Leadership Chairs in any given college must include at least one person who self-identifies with a gender-identity equity-seeking group (including women and people who self-identify with a minority gender identity such as trans-gender or non-binary).  NOTE: How an individual self-identifies is considered personal and confidential information. Colleges will not disclose self-identification data of nominee or pool of applicants without explicit consent.



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

Internal Deadline

Colleges will submit nomination packages to  A nomination package will comprise of: 

  • a covering letter from the College Dean in support of the nomination 
  • the nomination case letter from the department chair / school director
  • the nominee’s CV.

How to Apply

Nominations for University Research Leadership Chairs are submitted by colleges to the VPR and Provost & Vice-President, Academic. It is expected that colleges give special attention and consideration to Tri-Agency equity, diversity and inclusion guidelines, and be prepared to indicate what plans were put in place to ensure that these guidelines have been observed. 


For More Information

University Research Leadership Chairs - Guidelines and current University Research Leadership Chairs


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