E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Sponsor deadline: Sunday, June 7, 2020
Internal deadline: Thursday, April 2, 2020

Award details

Each year NSERC offers six E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships. A Steacie Fellowship provides support to an early-stage academic researcher in the natural sciences and engineering for two years, free of teaching and administrative responsibilities.

As NSERC limits institutions to a maximum of six nominations, UBC has a simplified preliminary selection process (outlined below) to ensure that UBC’s strongest candidates are submitted in line with NSERC’s instructions and criteria. NSERC is strongly encouraging institutions to consider equity, diversity and inclusion in the nomination processes. 

Before final submission to NSERC, the full Steacie Fellowship nomination requires preparation in the academic unit and endorsement by the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation.

Please note that NSERC has revised the Steacie Fellowships guidelines, eligibility and selection criteria. The main changes are summarized below. 
(Full information: https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Prizes-Prix/Steacie-Steacie/About-Apropos_eng.asp)

  • To be eligible, candidates must have held an independent academic position for 10 years or less as of June 1, 2020 (replaces years since Ph.D.). Eligibility calculations may incorporate career interruptions.
  • Candidates must now self-nominate
  • New selection criteria (and their weightings) are:
    • Research achievements and impacts (40%)
    • Outreach, mentorship and leadership (30%)
    • Future directions (30%)

As the complete Steacie Fellowship nomination is a time-consuming, multi-page, dossier, a simplified preliminary process is used.

Due to the fact that the fellowship requires a two-year release, candidates should inform their department heads prior to submitting a preliminary self-nomination.

The preliminary self-nomination consists of a one-page Accomplishment Statement and an up-to-date UBC CV that must be submitted using the VPRI’s online form.

    The Accomplishment Statement should be written by the nominee, in the first person. The formatting should be 12-point font. The title of the Accomplishment Statement should read “Research Accomplishments of [insert nominee’s full name]”.
  • UBC CV
    Note: Candidates should clarify their role in collaborative publications

Online form

If six or fewer preliminary self-nominations are received, the VPRI Office will immediately notify all candidates of satisfactory nominations, who can then start to prepare the complete Steacie Fellowship self-nomination.

If more than six preliminary nominations are received, the VPRI Office will activate an internal committee to evaluate the preliminary nominations in line with the NSERC criteria and select UBC’s six leading Steacie nominees. This committee will determine its selections in April.

Complete nominations must be submitted in early June to the VPRI Office. All nominations will be endorsed and forwarded to NSERC by the VPRI Office before the June 7 deadline.

Questions? Contact research.prizes@ubc.ca

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