Wolfe-Western Fellowship At-Large for Outstanding Newly Recruited Research Scholars

Western Research, on behalf of the Vice-President (Research) and the Vice-President (University Advancement), is pleased to announce the fifth Wolfe-Western Fellowship At-Large for Outstanding Newly Recruited Research Scholars. The Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to support exceptional scholars new to Western from any discipline.


The Wolfe-Western Fellowship At-Large for Outstanding Newly Recruited Research Scholars will be awarded based on the quality of the Nominee’s research and record of accomplishments, as well as, the extent to which the Nominee has contributed to research excellence and innovation in their chosen field in Canada and internationally relative to their career stage.

  • Nominees must be at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level, and within the first or second year of their first appointment at Western (the appointment start date must be between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2023).
  • The Nominee must allocate at least 75% of her/his academic time to research or research-related activities. Protected time to be confirmed in the Nomination Package by the respective Dean.
  • Scholars holding an existing salary award covering more than 50% of their salary (e.g. Canada Research  Chairs) are not eligible.
  • Each Dean/Faculty may nominate one (1) eligible researcher for the Wolfe-Western opportunity. Faculties are strongly encouraged to consider Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization principles in their internal selection of candidates.

Nomination Process

Each Faculty may submit one candidate for this Fellowship; if you are interested in being nominated for this award, please contact your Dean or Associate Dean (Research).

Please review the Program Guidelines to assist in the preparation of applications. The full nomination package must be submitted in one PDF attachment and include five mandatory components:

  • Nomination Form
  • Cover letter (up to two pages) signed by the Dean and the Nominee
  • Nominee's current CV
  • Most significant contributions (up to two pages)
  • Two external letters of reference (up to two pages per letter)

Please note the following:

  • The formatting instructions are in the Program Guidelines.
  • Full Nomination Dossier must be submitted in one (1) PDF attachment in the order listed above.
  • No additional documentation will be reviewed by the Selection Committee.

Adjudication Process

A selection committee, chaired by the Vice President (Research) or designate, will choose the recipient of the Wolfe-Western Fellowship At-Large for Outstanding Newly Recruited Research Scholars from the nominees. The committee composition will be selected from the Western College of Reviewers to ensure that members represent an appropriate balance across broad research and scholarly disciplines. All members must have undertaken the Bias in Peer Review training offered by the CRC/Tri-councils and the Building Inclusivity Through Anti-Racism module by Western’s EDI Office prior to adjudication.


Best Practice Documents:

Dedicated support and resources for Indigenous research and Equity Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization in research are provided through the Inclusive Research Excellence and Impact team. You can access tailored and curated resources through our webpages (EDID, Indigenous Resources, Knowledge Mobilization) and you can also complete a request for support form to request a consultation and additional assistance. If you are unsure if your nomination involves Indigenous research, it is recommended that you contact the team early for determination and support.

Wolfe-Western Fellowship Award Winners

Arghya Paul | Faculty of Engineering (2019)

Yolanda Hedberg | Faculty of Science (2021)

Aleksandra Leligdowicz | Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry (2022)

Portrait of Natasha MacBean

Natasha MacBean | Faculty of Social Science (2023)

Important Dates

  • Deans submit one Nomination Package per Faculty by email to Western Research (rwprizes@uwo.ca) by 5 p.m. Eastern Time, February 15, 2024.
  • Funding for the successful nominee will begin April 1, 2024 and will last for a maximum period of five (5) years.


For questions pertaining to the Wolfe-Western Fellowship At-Large for Outstanding Newly Recruited Research Scholars, please contact: rwprizes@uwo.ca.