Awards & Nominations

Have you or a colleague recently received an external prize, award, honour or fellowship in recognition of your research, teaching, innovation, leadership, or creative professional activity? We would love to know about it! Please report the award so we can better recognize and analyze faculty achievements.

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.

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University of Toronto Honours & Awards

The purpose of the Dean’s Research Excellence Award is to help position mid-career researchers to compete successfully in national awards competitions. The award shall recognize research excellence, defined as significant and sustained research achievement and impact, contributed by faculty members of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Arts & Science, St. George.

Award Value

Award recipients shall receive $10,000 CAD towards research/professional development.

Number of Awards and Frequency

Recognizing the breadth and depth of scholarship within Arts & Science, the administration may award multiple Dean’s Research Excellence Awards annually; the Selection Committee will seek over time to achieve a balance across disciplines and types of impact.


Candidates shall be mid-career tenure-stream faculty members with primary appointments (at least 51%) to the University of Toronto, Faculty of Arts & Science, St George, who have not yet secured any major national or international awards or prizes but who, in the opinion of their academic units, demonstrate the potential to succeed in these competitive arenas.

Please see the VPRI list of national and international awards for further guidance.

  • Mid-career shall be defined as: falling within the 15-year window between 16-30 years post PhD conferral (between 1992-2007).
  • Awards, prizes, and honours recognize research excellence and are distinct from grants (aka awards) which support research undertakings.
  • Major national awards include, but are not limited to, the Killam Prize; the Molson Prize; NSERC Polanyi Prize; NSERC Herzberg Gold Medal; NSERC Brockhouse Prize; SSHRC Insight Award; SSHRC Partnership Award; SSHRC Connections Award; SSHRC Gold Medal; election as a Fellow, Royal Society of Canada; any Royal Society of Canada medals or awards or honours; appointment to the Order of Ontario; appointment to any level of the Order of Canada.
  • Faculty members who have received the University of Toronto’s President’s Impact Award are not eligible for a Dean’s Research Excellence Award nomination.
  • Election as a Member of the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists shall not preclude a nomination for the Dean’s Research Excellence Award.
  • Discipline specific awards from professional associations, shall not preclude a nomination for the Dean’s Research Excellence Award.
  • Book Prizes shall not preclude a nomination for the Dean’s Research Excellence Award.
  • Academic Units shall be restricted to nominating one (1) candidate annually. Candidates are eligible to receive the Dean’s Research Excellence Award only once.
Award Criteria

Outstanding, original contributions to a field(s) of study, the successful pursuit of scholarly and/or creative activities, demonstrated abilities to communicate research results effectively and advance knowledge, and the ability to maintain mastery of the subject area shall confirm research excellence, defined as significant and sustained research achievement and impact.

Selection Criteria

The Dean’s Research Excellence Awards shall employ a broad reading of the concept of ‘excellence’. Candidates shall be considered for the award based on confirmation of outstanding performance, including but not limited to the following types of indicators of research excellence (included in the University of Toronto’s Tenure and Promotion criteria documentation):

  • Evidence of an outstanding reputation due to significant contributions to a field(s).
  • Mastery of and demonstrated enthusiasm for area of inquiry.
  • Communication and wide dissemination of research results through traditional academic mechanisms, and where applicable, through non-academic means including but not limited to mass or social media, artistic, curatorial and exhibition activities, public policy interventions, and community engagement.
  • Demonstrated capacity to inspire and stimulate both undergraduate and graduate students to pursue research excellence and to encourage their intellectual development.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Dean’s Research Excellence Awards are strongly committed to celebrating diversity in research and we especially welcome nominations for racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal Peoples of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ persons, and others who have contributed to the further diversification of ideas.

The values of equity, diversity and inclusiveness are an institutional priority for the University of Toronto and the Faculty of Arts & Science wants to ensure that its internal review processes reflect this commitment.

Members of the Selection Committee for this competition are expected to reinforce standards of rigor, fairness, respect and equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the adjudication process.

The Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation (OVPRI) has developed a tips and resources best practice guide for honours & awards nominations with a Best Practices in Peer Review Guide that may serve as a resource for members of the Selection Committee.

Nomination Package Requirements Nominators

The Chair or Director of the academic unit in which the candidate holds a primary appointment (51%) shall lead nominations.

Required Documents

The nomination dossier shall include:

  1. A nomination letter (maximum length of two (2) pages) outlining how the candidate meets the Selection Criteria.
    • If a nominee is more than 30 years post-PhD conferral and they have experienced formal career interruptions (due to maternity or parental leave, extended sick leave, clinical training, or family care, etc.), briefly explain why the nominee should still be considered for this mid-career award. This information must correspond to information contained within the nominee’s CV.
  2. Candidate’s CV – Arts & Science standardized format.*
  3. Supporting letters from three (3) eminent scholars (external to the University of Toronto) in the candidate’s research field.
  • At least one letter must be from an established authority in the nominee’s field who is not in a conflict of interest.
  • Please refer to the Canada Research Chairs Conflict of Interest Policy for guidance on what may constitute a conflict of interest between a nominee and a referee.

Department Chairs and nominees may wish to consult the VPRI Award Nomination Tips & Resources page, which contains useful guidance on how to prepare strong nomination dossiers, including details on how to write persuasive nomination and support letters.

*Career Interruptions and Special Circumstances
  • A key factor in assessing the excellence of a nominee is the research productivity of the individual. A&S acknowledges that certain circumstances may legitimately affect a nominee’s record of research achievement.
  • Nominees are encouraged to explain any interruptions or other circumstances that have affected their productivity, if applicable, to allow for a fair assessment of their nomination.
  • Please include any career interruption and special circumstances information within the CV by adding a section, G. Career Interruptions and Special Circumstances.
  • Nominees may wish to consult the Division of the Vice-President Research & Innovation, VPRI Guidelines on Addressing the Impacts of COVID-19 on Research Training and Productivity.
  • If a nominee has had a formal career interruption (due to maternity or parental leave, extended sick leave, clinical training, or family care, etc.), the CV should clearly indicate the time-period for the career break.
Submission Deadline:

July 15 at 11:59 pm. (When the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline rolls to the next business day.)

Late or incomplete nomination packages cannot be accepted.

Department Chairs or Directors to submit completed nominations to:

Selection Committee Composition

The Vice Dean, Research and Infrastructure or delegate shall chair the Selection Committee. The composition of the Selection Committee shall reflect the broad diversity of individuals and disciplines within the Faculty of Arts & Science, St. George.

Selection Committee members shall review the nominations, individually and together, using informed judgment to weigh different facets of research impact and different sources of evidence, as they deem appropriate and helpful.

The expectation is that the list of Dean’s Research Excellence Award recipients shall reflect, in the long term, the broad diversity of researchers and disciplines within the Faculty of Arts & Science, St. George.

Award selection

Decisions of the Selection Committee are final.


The Office of the Dean shall notify nominators of successful candidates and Arts & Science Communications in a timely manner after securing the final decisions.

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 and retention 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 2023 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 2023 recipient will be granted release for the 2024/25 academic year.

Nomination Deadline: Friday, October 27, 2023

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:

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 PhD, as of the date of application.

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

Value: $125,000

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.

Arts & Science Deadline: Monday, October 23, 2023 for required decanal endorsement.
Notice of Intent (NOI) Deadline: Friday, September 29, 2023
OVPRI Deadline: Friday, November 3, 2023
Value: $50,000 (over 5 years)

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.