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Royal Society of Canada - Fellowship

Election to Fellowship in the RSC, Canada’s national academy, is the highest honour that can be attained by Canadian scholars, researchers, and artists. Fellows are peer-elected as the best in their field, and thus represent the pinnacle of Canadian intellectual leadership. Their exceptional intellectual achievements are evidenced by a body of publications, intellectual endeavours, or creative activities exhibiting original contributions in the arts, humanities, or sciences, as well as activities in public life.

The Royal Society of Canada will be on campus the afternoon of October 3 for a strategic planning visit. Details can be found here

Nomination Details

Nominees must fit the above description and, at the time of their election, be Canadian citizens or have had Canadian permanent resident status for at least three years. Note that this year the lifespan of the dossiers is one year (previously, dossiers were valid for three years). Also, the requirement that a dossier needed to "sit out" a year prior to being resubmitted has been removed. 

Nominations for Fellowship must be made by either:

  • A Fellow of the RSC, accompanied by two letters of co-nomination (this is the preferred nomination method); or 
  • The President of the university, accompanied by two letters of co-nomination, neither of which need be from a Fellow of the RSC.

Nomination Process

A complete nomination package consists of:

1. An introductory letter from the Primary Nominator (one page; not an appraisal) This must follow the model letter that appears in the Appendices of Preparing a Nomination. 
2. Two letters of co-nomination (one page each; not appraisals). One must be from a FRSC. 
3. A 70-word citation written for non-specialists
4. A 1200-word (max) detailed appraisal of achievements
5. The nominee’s CV (max. 50 pages)
6. Letters of Reference (the number of letters depends on the Academy to which the candidate is being nominated) 

  • Arts and Humanities (Academy I) nominations require three referees
  • Social Science (Academy II) nominations require three referees
  • Science and engineering nominations (Academy III) require five referees


This is where you'll find the Nomination form - Guide  and Examples (Appendices of letters) 


Interested parties are encouraged to consult with Danelle D'Alvise, Prizes & Awards Manager, regarding this award and the nomination process. 

Phone: 905.525.9140 x27419