Awards and Nominations

Arts & Science Research Services works collaboratively with department chairs to identify candidates for prestigious national and international honours, awards and prizes. We also work closely with nominees to put forward competitive files that showcase the impressive research contributions of our faculty members.

Chairs are encouraged to contact us to learn about available opportunities, for assistance with preparing long-term nomination trajectories for individual faculty members, or for general information about local, national and international research awards and prizes.  


University of Toronto Honours & Awards

Description: Professor Molly Shoichet created The Dorothy Shoichet Women Faculty in Science Award of Excellence in honour of her mother, an honorary degree recipient. This fund provides teaching-release-time funds to pre-tenure/early-tenured female professors in any of the physical or life sciences, computer sciences, statistical sciences or mathematics within the Faculty of Arts and Science.

The fund’s purpose is to support the recruitment of new female faculty members by providing teaching release time for research projects.  Based on the cost of one full-course equivalent (1.0 FCE) at the current 2021 rate with a minimum of one award granted per year, Professor Shoichet would like to fund $7,800 towards the award. She has requested that the department of the award recipient contribute the course-cost balance to facilitate teaching release. The 2021 recipient will be granted release for the 2022/23 academic year.

Nomination Deadline: Friday, October 29, 2021
Please provide a description of the research and the rationale for the release time in a letter signed by the nominating Chair.

Please address the letter to:

Tamara Trojanowska, Vice-Dean, Academic Life and Equity
Vince Tropepe, Vice-Dean, Research and Infrastructure 
Office of the Dean 
Faculty of Arts & Science 

The letter should be submitted to:

Description: The University of Toronto President’s Impact Awards (PIA) celebrate and honour faculty members whose research has led to significant impact beyond academia, including, for example, on society, culture, public policy or law, practices or services, education, the development of products, processes or services from inventions, the economy, health, a profession, the environment, quality of life, or through public engagement.

Visit U of T's Research & Innovation website for complete program details and materials

Deadline: November 11, 2021

Value: $50,000 (over 5 years)

Description: The purpose of the program is to support outstanding basic research at the University of Toronto in the following fields: physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, engineering sciences, and the theory and methods of statistics. One award of $125,000 will be made annually to an outstanding researcher relatively early in their career to assist the awardee to attract and support graduate students and post-doctoral fellows of great promise as part of their research team.

Eligibility for the McLean Award is restricted to full-time (tenured or tenure-stream) members of the University’s faculty who conduct research in the fields designated above and who are within twelve years of receiving their Ph.D, as of the date of application. 

Visit U of T's Research & Innovation website for complete program details and materials

Deadline: January 15, 2019

Value: $125,000

Description: The University of Toronto owes much of its reputation and stature to the quality of its eminent professors. The University recognizes unusual scholarly achievement and pre-eminence in a particular field of knowledge through the designation of University Professor. The number of such appointments does not generally exceed two per cent of the tenured faculty. Its very exclusivity stands to underline the highly prestigious nature of the University Professor designation.

Arts & Science – Annual University Professor (UP) Appointment Nomination Process


Process Next Steps
Mid-November Call for candidates   Notice of Intent to Nominate (NOI) requested
Early December NOI due to
Late February Nominations due to
Late February Mandatory review UP Review Committee
Late February Nominations returned to departments with feedback  
Mid-March  Endorsed Nominations due to Office of the Provost  


Note: The final page of the electronic submission form provided by the Office of the Provost requires confirmation of decanal approval (endorsement) of nominations.   

A visualization of the A&S review and submission process is available on SharePoint.

Visit U of T's Vice-President & Provost website for complete program details and materials.