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Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

The College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists, a branch of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. It gathers scholars, artists, and scientists who have demonstrated a high level of achievement in an early and highly productive stage of their careers into a collegium where new understandings emerge from the interaction of their diverse intellectual, cultural, and social perspectives. The membership of the College is made to be representative of the current state of academia in terms of research methods and domains, age, gender, and ethno-cultural diversity. Membership terms are seven years.


Nominators must be Members of the College or Fellows of the RSC. Nominees must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents within 15 years of the conferral of their PhD or equivalent.

A complete nomination package includes:

  1. A completed nomination form
  2. A cover letter from the nominator (max. 1 page)
    • Introduces the nomination
    • Explains any career interruptions
    • Details the highlights of the candidate’s career and illustrates how s/he meets the nomination criteria
    • Lists the name of the referee and indicates why s/he has been selected
    • Does not repeat information in the detailed appraisal; is not to be cast as an additional letter of reference
  3. A letter of reference from a person of authority on the candidate and their field
    • Indicates referee’s direct knowledge of the candidate and their work
    • Highlights originality, significance and impact of the candidate’s career
    • Discusses the national and international reputation of the candidate, and any other relevant information indicating the candidate's contributions to their field
    • Should be ‘fact heavy’ (i.e., assertions about quality of work should be backed-up by confirmatory facts – for example, awards won for specific work.)
    • Should mention external measures such as citation indexes where appropriate
    • Append a biography of the referee (max. 250 words) to the last page of the letter. If the referee has a website provide a link.
    • Max. 3 pages; the 250-word biography can extend onto a fourth page
  4. A 1000-word summary of the nominee’s record
    • presents a narrative of the candidate’s career clearly indicating s/he meets the criteria for and is deserving of election.
    • only as technical as is necessary; it will be reviewed by both specialists and non-specialists
    • notes how and why the candidate's work is original and significant
    • highlights awards and prizes for scholarship
    • discusses the national and international impact and reputation of the candidate’s career (e.g., election to significant international scholarly bodies, publication in top-rated journals, translation of technical papers, named lectureships, service on scientific advisory panels, citation indices, etc.)
  5. A 500-word statement from the candidate reflecting on how her or his work would contribute to the College during the seven-year term 

  6. A 70-word citation
    • Essentially a synopsis of the 1000-word summary written for non-specialists
    • Concentrates on candidate’s original research and scholarly contributions
    • Includes nominee’s full name, institution, and discipline/artistic field
    • Normally does not play a significant role in assessment of a nomination
  7. Nominee's CV
    • covers the candidate’s entire career
    • structured based on the candidate’s discipline and in a format acceptable to any of the tri-councils

Deadline and Submission 

For Institutional Nominations the Cover letter is due by February 1, 2018 to RDSE. 

The final nomination deadline is Thursday, March 8, 2018.  Completed nomination packages (including the online form) are submitted via email.


Interested parties (nominators and nominees) should contact Julaine Hall ( at Research Development and Services for additional support, resources, and information.

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