Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada


Opportunity type:



Royal Society of Canada



They are either Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada for at least three years at the time of their nomination. Nominations are processed by the Royal Society of Canada and a short list of nominees is placed before the existing fellowship for election.

The criterion for nomination shall be excellence, which is understood to encompass the goals of diversity and inclusivity to which the RSC is committed, and to which the membership of RSC is expected to exemplify in terms of discipline, gender, ethno-racial diversity, aboriginality, and official languages.
The RSC embraces equity and diversity, methodological and epistemological openness, and the full range of disciplinary excellence. It welcomes nominations from all intellectual endeavours across linguistic, gender, racial, regional, and institutional boundaries. The RSC also judges these nominations without bias.

The primary nominator must be a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada or the head of a University (see below for details on institutional nominations from the University of Calgary)


The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) is the recognized pre-eminent body of independent scholars, researchers and creative people in Canada whose Fellows comprise a collegium that can provide intellectual leadership for the betterment of Canada and the world. Election to Fellowship in the Society is the highest academic accolade in Canada that is available to scientists and scholars. The Fellowship comprises four categories: Honorary Fellows. Regularly Elected Fellows, Specially Elected Fellows and Foreign Fellows. Membership in the RSC indicates a continuing commitment to recognize, advise and promote research excellence both domestically and internationally.


Application deadlines

Program application deadline

December 15, 2023 - 11:59 PM

Additional Information

Nomination Requirements
Read the 2023 Nomination Guidelines

Information Session
September 7, from 10:30am - Noon MT
RSO is pleased to present a virtual information session (registration required).

Christopher Dragan, Membership and Awards Officer for the Royal Society of Canada, will speak about the RSC and will detail the nomination process for both Fellowship in the RSC and Membership in the RSC College of New Scholars. Faculty and staff who are interested in nominating a colleague for these prestigious honours are strongly encouraged to attend.

SUPPORT: Research Awards Committee:
The SUPPORT: Research Awards committee is now available to review and provide feedback to strengthen nominations for major research prizes and awards and advise on the suitability of award nominations. This committee is comprised of distinguished University of Calgary faculty who have won major national awards and sat on national award selection committees.

The SUPPORT: Research Awards Committee will review nominations for Fellowship in the RSC, amongst other prestigious awards. SUPPORT will also review the CV of a potential candidate for Fellowship in the RSC and advise on their suitability for nomination at this time.

If you wish for the SUPPORT: Research Awards committee to review and provide feedback on a nomination package, please include the following materials at a minimum:

  • Detailed appraisal (maximum 1200 words)
  • Candidate's CV (in any format, maximum 50 pages)
  • Optional: Brief biographies (250 words) of each referee
  • Optional: Citation (maximum 70 words)

If additional components of the nomination package are available by the SUPPORT deadline, the committee would be pleased to review all available materials.

SUPPORT Nomination Review Deadline: October 2, 2023

Your Faculty or Associate Dean (Research) must submit the request for review to researchawards@ucalgary.ca.

  • Each submission must include a SUPPORT Review Form
  • Each faculty must submit a short statement describing how equity, diversity and inclusion were considered in the internal Faculty selection process.

Institutional Nominations
The President of the University of Calgary may nominate faculty members for Fellowship in the RSC. In order to ensure that these nominations are of the highest quality, a review process has been instituted. Requests for institutional nomination may be submitted by the Dean or Dean's representative or a Fellow of the Royal Society. The submission must include:

  • A brief letter, no longer than a single page, describing why the candidate merits nomination for Fellowship in the RSC as well as the credentials of those who will be approached to provide a reference letter in support of the nomination; and
  • The candidate's curriculum vitae.

Email these documents as a single PDF to researchawards@ucalgary.ca by August 28, 2023. The institutional nominees will be selected by the President based on the recommendation of the Vice-President (Research).

Please note that an institutional nomination is not required for nomination to the RSC. Candidates may also be nominated by a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Prior to requesting an Institutional nomination, Faculties should consider whether a nomination from a Fellow of the RSC in the candidate's field would be more advantageous.

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