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NSERC Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowships


Notify ROADS of Intent to Nominate a McMaster Researcher by May 1, 2017

Nomination Packages due to NSERC by June 7, 2017


All applications from McMaster researchers require Department and Faculty endorsement.


NSERC is now accepting nominations for the E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowships program. The 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 over two years 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 includes 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 of 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 accordingly.



  • Candidates should have successfully defended their doctoral thesis within the last 12 years (i.e., 2005 or later) and hold a grant from NSERC. Parental leave taken for child bearing and rearing is not counted as part of the 12-year period; however, such periods must be identified in the letter from the nominator.
  • 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.
  • The research of the nominee must be primarily based in the fields of natural sciences and/or engineering.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • Nominations must be endorsed by the executive head of the candidate's university.


Nomination Requirements:

1)      The nominator writes a letter of support explaining why the nominee deserves consideration for the Fellowship, with emphasis on contributions to, and impact on, the field, society and, if applicable, industry; explains how this award could help the nominee in his or her career development; and includes the nominator's contact information;

2)      The executive head of the university provides a letter endorsing the nomination;

3)      The nominee provides: a) a completed Form 100; b) page one of a Form 101; c) a completed Environmental Information Form (if applicable); d) a two page summary of research; e) copies of the nominees three most significant research contributions; f) a list of five to seven reviewers and; g) a signed Terms and Conditions Form for Nominees.

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



If you plan to nominate a McMaster researcher, please notify Virginia Viscardi, Senior Advisor, ROADS, by May 1, 2017

Please note, NSERC has limited the number of nominations that may be submitted by McMaster to six. If we receive nominations for more than six McMaster researchers by May 1, 2017, an internal selection committee will be established to determine which nominations will be submitted to NSERC.

The letter from the nominator and documentation from the nominee must be received by ROADS by May 25, 2017.  ROADS will obtain the letter of endorsement from the University.


More information: Additional information about the Fellowships program can be found on NSERC’s website at