The Vice President Research & International Office maintains a directory of major external awards to raise awareness about award opportunities and improve the success of UBC faculty members in these prestigious competitions.
Awards Tracking and Nomination Support
Please contact Brenda Carrier, Faculty Awards Coordinator (604-822-6010) to discuss the details of any nominations you plan to submit for major recognition opportunities. Brenda is also available to assist with the institutional letter of reference, or letter of support from the Vice President Research & International or the President, if needed. These are required by the Trudeau Fellowship and selected major awards. Some major award competitions may require an internal vetting process, such as the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships and the SSHRC Impact Awards. The VPRI office (Brenda) arranges an internal deadline and adjudication process for such awards. Notices are widely distributed to Associate Deans of Research well in advance.
Major Recognition Awards & Honours
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - Fellowships
Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 118 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.
Canada Council for the Arts - Killam Prizes
Killam Prize are among Canada’s most distinguished research awards. They are awarded annually (by the Canada Council for the Arts) to outstanding Canadian scholars in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering.
Canada Council for the Arts - Killam Fellowships
Eight Killam Fellowships are awarded each year, normally to full professors at Canadian universities and research institutes, who have an outstanding reputation in their area of research. The fellowship (awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts) provides two years of release time (valued at $70,000 per year).
Canadian Academy of Health Sciences - Fellowships
The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences recognizes individuals of great accomplishment and achievement in the academic health sciences in Canada. Election to fellowship in the Academy is considered one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community and carries with it a covenant to serve the Academy and the future well-being of the health sciences.
Gairdner Foundation - Le Prix Canada Gairdner Awards
The Canada Gairdner International Awards recognize and celebrate the work of the world’s best biomedical researchers. Over the past 53 years, Gairdner has gained a superb international reputation for its early recognition of medical breakthroughs that have changed the way medicine is practised. Seven Canada Gairdner Awards are given annually in three different areas. Each award is valued at $100,000 CDN.
John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation - Fellowships
Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to men and women who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.
Ludvig Holberg Memorial Fund - Holberg International Memorial Prize
The Holberg International Prize is awarded annually for outstanding scholarly work in the fields of the arts and humanities, social sciences, law and theology. The prize amount is approx. $790,000USD.
National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships
Each year, NSERC awards up to six, two-year E.W. R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships to scientists at a Canadian university or affiliated research institution. The Fellows are relieved of teaching and administrative duties so that they can devote all their time and energy to research. The Fellowship normally includes a contribution to the university in the amount of $90,000 per year toward the fellow's salary.
Prix Galien Canada
The Prix Galien is the most prestigious award in the field of Canadian pharmaceutical research and innovation. Referred to as the Nobel Prize of pharmaceutical research, it recognizes the efforts and achievements of pharmaceutical research and development.
Royal Society of Canada - Fellowships
The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) is the senior national body of distinguished Canadian scholars, artists and scientists. The RSC's nearly 2,000 fellows are selected by their peers for outstanding contributions to the natural and social sciences, in the arts and in the humanities.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada - Impact Awards
The SSHRC Impact Awards. The Impact awards recognize the highest achievements in social sciences and humanities research, knowledge mobilization and scholarship supported by SSHRC. Awarded annually, the awards available to faculty include,The Gold, Insight, Connection and Partnership awards.
Trudeau Foundation - Fellowships
Trudeau Fellows set themselves apart through their research achievements, creativity and social commitment. Candidates must be active in the social sciences and humanities and must work in an area related to one or more of the Foundation’s four themes. Up to five, three-year fellowships are awarded each year at a total value of $225,000.