NSERC E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowships - 2020

The NSERC E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowships are prestigious, $250,000 grants awarded over two years to enhance the career development of outstanding, early-career faculty. Six fellowships are awarded annually to scientists or engineers earning a strong, international reputation for original research. Fellows are relieved of teaching and administrative duties for two years to devote their time and energy to research.

Each fellow will be eligible to submit an application to the Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program for equipment funding related to their research funded by the Steacie Fellowship.

The Fellowship normally also includes a contribution of $90,000 per year to the institution 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 or to enhance the research environment of the Fellow's department.


Nominees must:

  • have successfully defended their doctoral thesis within the last 12 years (i.e., January 1, 2007 or later, barring career interruptions);
  • hold a grant from NSERC;
  • have published research that has had a recognizable impact or obvious potential for impact on the researcher’s field, on society, or on industry;
  • be of high stature in the national and international science and engineering community.

Nominators can be any individual or group of Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are senior members of the Canadian science and engineering community.

Nomination Process

A complete nomination package consists of:

  1. a nomination letter explaining why the nominee deserves consideration for the Fellowship and how the award will help them in their career development;
  2. a draft letter of endorsement, to be signed by the University president, outlining career interruptions and current teaching/administrative duties;
  3. a two-page summary of the research to be pursued during the tenure of the Fellowship;
  4. a completed NSERC Personal Data Form (Form 100), including a complete list of research contributions (no page limit - additional pages to be manually appended)
  5. copies of the nominee’s three most significant research contributions;
  6. names and contact information of 5-7 internationally recognized experts (Canadian or international) in the nominee's field who can provide an assessment of the nominee;
  7.  Form 101 part 1 (“Application for a Grant”);
  8. Environmental Information Form (Appendix A), if required;
  9. Terms and Conditions Form for Nominees signed by the nominee and a Terms and Conditions Form for Nominators signed by the nominator.


Electronically via Secure Submissions for NSERC’s Innovative Collaborations and Science Promotion Programs. Documents must be submitted as a single document in Portable Document Format (PDF).


Western Internal Deadlines

Western may submit up to six nominations for the 2020 competition. As such, please send an email to Julaine Hall (julaine.hall@uwo.ca) by the end of the day on April 15, 2019expressing your intention to submit a nomination. This will allow time to manage the quota and prepare for internal adjudication, if necessary.  

Should internal adjudication be required, you will be asked to submit the following by May 6, 2019:

  • a completed NSERC Personal Data Form (Form 100).
  • a draft of the two-page summary of the research that would be pursued during the tenure of the Fellowship

Final submission deadline is June 7, 2019


Interested parties are encouraged to consult with Julaine Hall (julaine.hall@uwo.ca) at Research Development & Services regarding these awards and their nomination processes.

Further details can also be found at: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Prizes-Prix/Steacie-Steacie/Nomination-Nomination_eng.asp