Royal Society of Canada Fellowships 2023

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.

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

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.

Nominations for Fellowship must be made by either:

  • A Fellow of the RSC, accompanied by two letters of co-nomination, one being from another Fellow of the RSC (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 includes a Nomination Form and consists of:

1. An introductory letter from the Primary Nominator (one-page template; not an appraisal)
2. 3. A 70-word citation written for non-specialists
4. A 1200-word detailed appraisal of achievements
5. The nominee’s CV (max. 50 pages)
6. Referee letters (max 750 words) with a 250-word biography of each referee respectively appended 

  • Academy of Arts and Humanities and Academy of Social Sciences nominations require three referees
  • Academy of Science require five referees, preferably at least three from outside Canada


Guide on preparing a nomination  

Deadline and Submission

Due to the expected high volume for the 2023 Fellowship competition, and multiple program deadlines set by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) for December 1st, the following deadlines will be mandatory to guarantee institutional coordination and support.

(Note: nomination dossiers may still be submitted to the RSC by a nominating RSC Fellow)

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: Two RSC Fellows and one other expert
Potential Referees: List of six-ten national and international experts
October 27 Draft of Detailed Appraisal and Citation 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 all letters submitted to RDS
RDS cannot guarantee institutional approval or signature on dossiers submitted beyond this date
November 28 For nominations by RSC Fellows: 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
  • Drafting letters of nomination and co-nomination and obtaining approvals and signatures
  • Support for developing all written materials, and providing feedback and review 
  • Assistance with finding additional reviewers among RSC Fellows (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)