Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships

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Arthur B. McDonald 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. NSERC awards up to six McDonald Fellowships each year.

Who can apply?

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.

An independent academic position is a position that:

  • is a university faculty appointment (adjunct, non-tenured or tenured)
  • requires that the researcher engage in research that is not under the direction of another individual
  • authorizes the researcher to supervise or co-supervise the research of students registered in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, or postdoctoral fellows

A candidate submitting a nomination in June 2021 would have been hired on or after June 1, 2011. The 10-year eligibility window is adjusted to take into account eligible delays in research or periods of inactivity (e.g., due to parental leave, bereavement or illness). For example, a candidate submitting a nomination in June 2021 who took a seven-month parental leave after starting their appointment must have been hired on or after April 1, 2010, in order to be eligible. That is, the eligibility window is increased by two months for every month of eligible delay. For delays related to COVID-19, the eligibility window is also increased by two months for every month of delay. You must identify any such periods in the Delays in research activity section of your personal data form (Form 100), and the impacts of the research delay should be clearly and fully described.

If this award is of interest, please contact Dr. Batia Stolar, Associate Vice-President, Research & Graduate Studies, at for more information.

External Deadline: 
Monday, June 7, 2021
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