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NSERC’s E.W.R Steacie Memorial 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. For further context, potential applicants and/or nominators are encouraged to view past winners.


Please note that this year’s competition has changed significantly from previous years. Self-nominations are now permitted, which, along with changes in the evaluation and eligibility criteria, are designed to promote equity, diversity and inclusion. Please see the attached memo for further details on how equity, diversity and inclusion will be taken into account in the internal nomination process.




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. Research grant funds paid to winners of this prize are subject to the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide.


The Fellowship normally also includes a contribution of $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. 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.




Nominees should be an early career researcher, defined as holding an independent academic position for 10 year or less as of June 1 of the year of the competition (June 1, 2010 or later for this year’s competition) and hold a grant from NSERC. This has changed from previous rounds, where eligibility was determined by time from Ph.D. The eligibility window is adjusted to take into account eligible delays in research such as parental leave, bereavement or illness. These delays must be identified in the Personal Data Form (Form 100) and the impacts of the research delay should be full described.


The research of the nominee must be primarily based in the fields of the natural sciences and/or engineering.


Evaluation criteria


Submissions to NSERC will be reviewed by a selection committee of distinguished academic, government and industry representatives from a variety of disciplines according to the following new criteria:


  • Research achievement and impact (40%)


  • Outreach, mentorship and leadership (30%)


  • Future research directions (30%)


Internal Nomination Process


  • Faculties are asked to submit nominations for review by the Major Awards Advisory Committee (MAAC). There is no limit as to the number of nominations that Faculties may bring forward.


  • The MAAC will review nominations and provide feedback to nominees and advice to inform institutional decision making on which nominations are likely to succeed.


  • Abby Vogus, SIRI Specialist, Office of Research Services, will work with nominees, to prepare final documentation for submission.


Relevant Deadlines 


April 10, 2020 Faculties submit internal nominations to VPRI


Late April MAAC Review


Late April VPRI decisions and feedback provided to nominees


July 2 Final submission to ORS


July 5 (July 7 is a Sunday) NSERC deadline


For more information please contact your Faculty Research Officer or Abby Vogus, SIRI Specialist, Office of Research Services, avogus@yorku.ca, ext. 44670.