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E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Research Admin Offices:


Funding Type:


Opportunity Type:

  • Operating


If your nomination is successful, you will receive a research grant of $250,000 over two years. You will also be relieved from teaching and administrative duties so that you can devote your time and energy to research.

In addition, NSERC normally contributes up to $90,000 per year to the university toward your salary. NSERC expects the university to fund a replacement for the Steacie fellow’s teaching and administrative responsibilities, as part of the Steacie Fellowship agreement. NSERC reduces the contribution to the university if the Steacie fellow already holds another federal award that has a salary component, such as a Canada Research Chair or an Industrial Research Chair.

The start date of the Steacie Fellowship should be between April 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022, and the award is normally paid in two instalments of $125,000 per year.


  • Natural Sciences and Engineering



Internal Deadline:

May 19, 2020

Sponsor Deadline:

July 7, 2020

Additional Dates:

  • Researchers notify ROADS, their Department Chairs, and Associate Dean Research (ADR) of Intent to apply by - April 20, 2020
  • Nomination due to ROADS and ADR for internal selection - May 19, 2020
  • Nomination due to NSERC by - July 7, 2020


Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NSERC has extended the deadline for the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship competition. McMaster’s internal deadlines have been updated accordingly.

NSERC is now accepting nominations for the E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowships program. Steacie Memorial Fellowships recognize early-stage academic researchers in the natural sciences and engineering and support them to enhance their research capacity, so that they can become leaders in their field and inspire others.


Please review the information below as NSERC has significantly revised the eligibility and selection criteria.


Selection Criteria:

Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee of distinguished academic, government and industry research representatives from a variety of disciplines. The committee will recommend the successful candidates to NSERC.

The committee will review nominations according to the following selection criteria:

  • Research achievements and impacts (40%):  originality, quality and impact of the candidate’s contributions to date and whether these contributions have led to ground-breaking advances in research areas and/or technology policy that addresses socioeconomic or environmental needs
  • Outreach, mentorship and leadership (30%)
  • Future directions (30%):  research vision, proposed research and HQP training plan



If you are an early-stage academic researcher, meaning that you have held an independent academic position for 10 years or less as of June 1 of the year of the competition and currently hold a grant from NSERC, you can prepare a nomination for this award. As well, applicants can now self-nominate, as long as they are certified by their host institutions. Institutions can certify up to six nominations.

A candidate submitting a nomination in June 2020 would have been hired on or after June 1, 2010. The 10-year eligibility window is adjusted to take into account eligible delays in research or periods of inactivity (for example, due to parental leave, bereavement or illness). For example, a candidate submitting a nomination in June 2020 who took a seven-month parental leave after starting their appointment must have been hired on or after November 1, 2009, in order to be eligible.

Application/Nomination Process:

Nominees must complete the following materials:

  1. A Nomination Letter containing:
    1. Description of nomination (3 pages)
    2. Future directions (3 pages)
  2. NSERC Personal Data form (F100)
  3. Page one of an Application for a Grant Form (F101)
  4. Environmental Information Form (Appendix A), if required
  5. List of 5-7 external reviewers
  6. Signed Terms and Conditions for Nominees
  7. Self-identification questionnaire



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, prior to developing the nomination.


Application Process:

If you plan to nominate a McMaster researcher, please notify Nathan Coschi, Senior Advisor, ROADS, along with your Department Chair, and Associate Dean Research (ADR) by March 23, 2020.


NSERC has limited the number of nominations that may be submitted by McMaster to six. Nominators are to submit draft nominations to ROADS, consisting of their Nomination Letter and NSERC Personal Data Form (items 1 and 2 listed above under Nomination Requirements), by April 6, 2020. Nominations submitted by April 6 will undergo an internal selection process, as necessary, using NSERC’s selection criteria outlined above. Only those selected by McMaster’s internal selection committee will be forwarded to NSERC by June 8, 2020.



Additional information about the Fellowships program can be found on NSERC’s website.


For support, please contact Nathan Coschi, Senior Advisor, ROADS.