RSC College 2023

The College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists, a branch of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. It gathers scholars, artists, and scientists who have demonstrated a high level of achievement in an early and highly productive stage of their careers into a collegium where new understandings emerge from the interaction of their diverse intellectual, cultural, and social perspectives. The membership of the College is made to be representative of the current state of academia in terms of research methods and domains, age, gender, and ethno-cultural diversity. Membership terms are seven years.

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This pre-call framework is based on previous RSC College competitions, and is therefore subject to change as new information is provided by the RSC.

Nominators must be Members of the College or Fellows of the RSC. Institutional Member (IM) nominations can also be submitted by the university President.  Nominees must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents within 15 years of the conferral of their PhD or equivalent.

The RSC will consider an exemption period of up to three years for those who have had a career interruption for the purpose of maternity, childrearing, illness, or health-related family responsibilities.

A complete nomination package includes:

  1. A completed nomination form 
  2. A cover letter from the nominator (max. 1 page)
    • Introduces the nomination
    • Explains any career interruptions
    • Details the highlights of the candidate’s career and illustrates how s/he meets the nomination criteria
    • Lists the name of the referee and indicates why s/he has been selected
    • Does not repeat information in the detailed appraisal; is not an additional letter of reference
  3. A letter of reference from two persons of authority on the candidate and their field
    • Indicates referee’s direct knowledge of the candidate and their work
    • Highlights originality, significance and impact of the candidate’s career
    • Discusses the national and international reputation of the candidate, and any other relevant information indicating the candidate's contributions to their field
    • Should be ‘fact heavy’ (i.e., assertions about the quality of work should be backed-up by confirmatory facts – for example, awards won for specific work.)
    • Should mention external measures such as citation indexes where appropriate
    • Max. 750 words each
    • Append a biography of the referee (max. 250 words) to the last page of the letter. If the referee has a website please provide a link.
  4. A 1200-word summary of the nominee’s record
    • presents a narrative of the candidate’s career clearly indicating s/he meets the criteria for and is deserving of election.
    • only as technical as is necessary; it will be reviewed by both specialists and non-specialists
    • notes how and why the candidate's work is original and significant
    • highlights awards and prizes for scholarship
    • discusses the national and international impact and reputation of the candidate’s career (e.g., election to significant international scholarly bodies, publication in top-rated journals, translation of technical papers, named lectureships, service on scientific advisory panels, citation indices, etc.)
  5. A 500-word statement from the candidate reflecting on how her or his work would contribute to the College during the seven-year term 

  6. A 70-word citation
    • Essentially a synopsis of the 1000-word summary written for non-specialists
    • Includes nominee’s full name, institution, and discipline/artistic field
  7. Nominee's CV
    • covers the candidate’s entire career
    • structured based on the candidate’s discipline and in a format acceptable to any of the tri-councils
    • Max. 10 pages

Deadline and Submission 

Due to the expected high volume for the 2023 College competition, and multiple program deadlines set by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) for December 1st, the following timelines have been established for institutional dossier coordination and support. 

(Note: nomination dossiers may still be submitted by a nominating RSC Fellow or College Member without institutional coordination or support)

Western Timelines

September 15

Nominee or Primary Nominator notifies RDS of intent to nominate
(send your name or the name of your candidate by email to

October 6
Current CV and list of all potential Nominators and Referees submitted to RDS
Potential Nominators: one RSC Fellow or College Member, or Western University
Potential Referees: List of three-five national and international experts
October 27 Draft of Detailed Appraisal, and Candidate Statement submitted to RDS
November 3 Outreach to potential Referees complete.
RDS will not provide support for securing Referees beyond this date
November 17 For Institutional Member (IM) nominations: complete dossiers including referee letters submitted to RDS
RDS cannot guarantee institutional approval or signature on dossiers submitted beyond this date
November 28 For nominations by RSC Fellows or College Members: complete dossiers submitted to RDS
December 1 Final Submission of complete dossiers to the Royal Society of Canada

Institutional Coordination and Support Includes:

  • Assistance with identifying suitable nominators and referees
  • Outreach to nominators and referees to secure support, providing them with required materials and guidelines, assisting with developing letter content, performing quality checks for formatting and regulation adherence, identifying the strongest letters for submission
  • Developing letters of nomination and obtaining approvals and signatures
  • Support for drafting all written materials, and providing feedback and review 
  • Assistance with finding additional reviewers among RSC Fellows or College Members (internal to Western or external as needed) 
  • Completing online portal registration and creating nomination forms
  • Document management: collecting and compiling all letters, forms, and written documents to create a dossier submissions according to RSC guidelines
  • Uploading of final dossier submissions to the online portal by the RSC deadline


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