Royal Society of Canada Medals and Awards

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) offers a variety of prestigious medals and awards recognizing outstanding achievements of Canadian scholars. It is the responsibility of Fellows of the RSC to nominate candidates for these honours, and they are explicitly invited to do so every year.

Note: candidates are not required to be a Fellow of the RSC.

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In the 2022 competition, the following awards may be offered:

In the humanities and social sciences:

  • Alice Wilson Award - to three women of outstanding academic qualifications in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences or Sceince who are entering a career at the postdoctoral level
  • Innis-Gérin Medal - for a distinguished and sustained contribution to the literature of the social sciences
  • J.B. Tyrell Historical Medal - for outstanding work in the history of Canada
  • Kitty Newman Award - for outstanding contributions from an emerging scholar in the field of philosophy
  • Lorne Pierce Medal - for an achievement in critical or imaginative literature
  • Ursula Franklin Award in Gender Studies  - for  contributions to furthering our understanding of issues concerning gender
  • Yvan Allaire Medal (Medal + $5,000) - For outstanding contribution in governance (Social Sciences)

In science and engineering:

  • Bancroft Award - for instruction and research in the science of geology
  • Flavelle Medal - for meritorious achievement in biological science 
  • John L. Synge Award (Diploma) – For outstanding research in any of the branches of the mathematical sciences (preference to candidates under 40)
  • McLaughlin Medal (Medal) - For important research of sustained excellence in any branch of medical sciences.
  • Miroslaw Romanowski Medal (Medal + $3,000 + lecture series) - Awarded for contributions towards the resolution of scientific aspects of environmental problems or for important improvements to the quality of an ecosystem in all aspects - terrestrial, atmospheric and aqueous - brought about by scientific means
  • Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry (Medal) - For research in chemistry (preference will be given to candidates under forty years old)
  • Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics) (Medal) - For research in physics (preference will be given to candidates under forty years old)
  • Willet G. Miller Medal (Medal) - For outstanding research in any branch of earth sciences.

Nomination Process

Nominees must be Canadian citizens or have been Canadian residents for the past three years. Nominations for the awards must be made by either:

  • a Fellow of the RSC, plus two co-nominators; or
  • the president of the university, plus two co-nominators.

A full nomination package will consist of:

  • the nomination form
  • the letters of nomination from the primary nominator and co-nominators
  • a 70-word citation
  • a 1200-word appraisal of the nominee’s work and suitability for the award
  • a CV (max. 20 pages)
  • three letters of reference (max. 750 words)
  • a biography statement for each of the letter writers (max. 250 words).

The Guide for Nominations and Nomination Form can be found at:


The anticipated nomination submission deadline is March 31, 2022. If the nomination is to be made by the president of the university, the process of securing and acquiring the nomination letter must be managed through the Research Development office and initiated by January 21, 2022.


Julaine Hall
Research Development Consultant, Awards & Distinctions
Telephone: 519-661-2111 (ext. 87970)