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NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships are awarded to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising university faculty who are earning a strong international reputation for original research.


Selection Criteria:

  • candidate's stature in the scientific or engineering community - both national and international;
  • importance and scope of the candidate's research and its impact on the field, society and, if applicable, on industry;
  • candidate's specific accomplishments within his or her field; and
  • candidate's overall suitability for the award.



Every year, NSERC awards up to six Steacie Fellowships that are held for a two-year period. Successful fellows are relieved of teaching and administrative duties, so that they can devote all their time and energy to research. Each fellow receives a research grant of $250,000 and will be eligible to submit an application to the Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program for equipment funding related to their research funded by the Steacie Fellowship. The Fellowship normally also inlcudes a contribution of $90,000 per year to the university toward the fellow's salary. As part of the Fellowship agreement, the university is expected to fund a replacement for the fellow's teaching and administrative responsibilities or to enhance the research environment for the fellow's department. Should the recipient of the Fellowship already hold another federal award that has a salary component, such as a Canada Research Chair or an Industrial Research Chair, NSERC will reduce the contribution to the university to $30,000 per year.




  • candidates should have successfully defended their doctoral thesis within the last 12 years and hold a grant from NSERC
  • candidates may be nominated by any individual or group; however, the nominators must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and be senior members of the Canadian science and engineering community
  • self-nominations will not be accepted
  • nominations must be endorsed b the executive head of the candidate's university.


Nomination Requirements:

Each nomination requires

  • a letter from the nominator
  • a two page summary of research, a Form 100, copies of the nominee's three most significant research contributions, and a list of five to seven referees from the nominee
  • a letter of endorsement from the University

Please note, since the Fellowships include relief from teaching and administrative duties, the approval of the nominee's Department Chair and Faculty Dean/Associate Dean Research will be required.



The Steacie Fellowships competition is held on an annual basis, due on June 7.

If you plan to nominate a McMaster researcher, please notify Nathan Coschi, Senior Advisor, ROADS at or ext 21581.

Please note, NSERC has limited the number of nominations that may be submitted by McMaster to six. An internal selection committee may be established to determine which nominations will be submitted to NSERC by the deadline date.


More information:

Additional information about the Fellowships program can be found on NSERC's website at