Award Updates & Major External Award Deadlines

*** Forwarded on Behalf of Dr. Robert McMaster, Vice Dean, Office of Research ***


Good morning everyone,


  • March 30: Recipients of the 2020 Faculty Research Awards competitions will be announced
  • June 2021: The Royal Society of Canada will release embargoed notifications to successful candidates nominated in the FRSC & College programs
  • Fall 2021: NSERC will publicly announce recipients of the 2020 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

See below for a listing of award programs released in the previous round, with new competitions added. Please visit the major external award deadline page for the latest competition updates. Listings can be filtered by discipline and the deadlines are updated frequently.  Note: Departments, divisions, institutes, schools, and faculties are encouraged to consider a greater inclusion of equity and diversity in their nomination strategies.




Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships (formally E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowships)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Read more
April 1, 2021 (Preliminary Selection Deadline)
June 7, 2021  (Sponsor Deadline now posted)

Synergy Award for Innovation
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Read more
April 15, 2021

AAAS Fellowship
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Council Read more
Apr 28, 2021



Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Laureate
Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Read more
June 14, 2021

Holberg Memorial International Prize
Ludvig Holberg Memorial Fund Read more
June 15, 2021

Frontiers of Knowledge Awards
BBVA Foundation Read more
June 30, 2021

Steacie Prize for Natural Sciences Read more
E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fund/NRC
June 30, 2021 (anticipated deadline)

Canada Council for the Arts – Killam Research Prize
Canada Council for the Arts Read more
June 30, 2021

Order of Canada
Governor General of Canada Read more
Open throughout the year


NOMINATION TRACKING: If you are planning to submit a nomination for one of the major external awards on the deadline list, please advise so nomination activity can be effectively and confidentially recorded.

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Kind regards, Brenda

Brenda Carrier
Manager, Faculty Awards & Prizes | Office of Research Prizes & Awards
The University of British Columbia – VP Research and Innovation
Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
Phone 604 822 6010