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The President's Advisory Committee on External Academic Awards and Honours meets quarterly to recommend nominations for national and international awards. View our archive of UVic award recipients.

The Committee welcomes recommendations from across campus. Contact the Awards Facilitator if you would like to recommend a colleague or have other questions.

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  • Warren Alpert Foundation Prize

    The Warren Alpert Foundation Prize, in association with Harvard Medical School, recognizes and honors one or more scientists, physicians and researchers whose scientific achievements have led to the prevention, cure or treatment of human diseases or disorders, and/or whose research constitutes a seminal scientific finding that holds great promise of ultimately changing our understanding of or ability to treat disease.

    Science Human and Social Development Engineering and Computer Science
  • Abel Prize

    The Abel Prize recognizes outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics, including mathematical aspects of computer science, mathematical physics, probability, numerical analysis and scientific computing, statistics, and also applications of mathematics in the sciences. The prize is meant to recognize contributions of extraordinary depth and influence to the mathematical sciences.

    Engineering and Computer Science Science
  • AG Huntsman Award

    The AG Huntsman Award recognizes excellence of research and outstanding contributions to marine sciences. It honours marine scientists of any nationality who have had and continue to have a significant influence on the course of marine scientific thought.

    Science
  • American Geophysical Union

    Fellowship: The mission of the AGU College of Fellows is to foster excellence, integrity, and interdisciplinary collaboration in the Earth and space sciences, provide expert and strategic advice to AGU on global scientific issues, and support the professional development and engagement of scientists at all career stages and from all backgrounds. Macelwane Award Ambassador Award

    Science Engineering and Computer Science
  • Arctic Inspiration Prize

    The Arctic Inspiration Prize is by the North and for the North and is a community of people and groups, including Indigenous organizations, academia, governments, non-governmental organizations, industry, philanthropy, media and arts and culture organizations, who share a common goal: to recognize northern innovation and excellence and encourage teamwork for the betterment of life in Canada’s North.

    Fine Arts Humanitites Education Social Sciences Business Law Science Human and Social Development Engineering and Computer Science
  • Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

    The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was created in 2002 by the Swedish government to promote every child’s right to great stories. This global award is given annually to a person or organization for their outstanding contribution to children’s and young adult literature.

    Human and Social Development Education Fine Arts
  • Baillet Latour Biomedical Award

    The Baillet Latour Biomedical Award recognizes the merits of a person whose work has contributed prominently to the improvement of human health in the fields of metabolic disorders, infectious diseases, neurological diseases, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

    Engineering and Computer Science Human and Social Development Science
  • Balzan Prize

    The Balzan Prize’s aim is to foster culture, the sciences and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace and fraternity among peoples throughout the world. The Prizes are awarded in the subject areas: literature, moral sciences, and the arts; physical, mathematical and natural sciences and medicine; humanities, peace and fraternity among peoples. The four subject areas, two in literature, the moral sciences and the arts, and two in the physical, mathematical and natural sciences and medicine, change every year.

    Engineering and Computer Science Humanitites Education Science Social Sciences Law Human and Social Development Business Fine Arts
  • BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Awards

    Awards are offered in: Basic Sciences Biology and Biomedicine Information and Communication Technologies Ecology and Conservation Biology Climate Change Economics, Finance and Management Humanities and Social Sciences Music and Opera

    Science Business Social Sciences Law Fine Arts Humanitites Human and Social Development Engineering and Computer Science
  • BC Achievement Awards

    The Community Award recognizes the contributions of extraordinary British Columbians who build better, stronger, more resilient communities and shine as examples of dedication and service. The Indigenous Business Award honours excellence and inspiring achievement in Indigenous business and entrepreneurship throughout the province. There are awards for Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Business of the Year. The Fulmer Award for First Nations Art honours excellence and inspiring achievement in First Nations Art throughout the province. The Carter Wosk Award honours excellence and inspiring achievement in Applied Art and Design throughout the province. The Reconciliation Award recognizes extraordinary individuals and organizations who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, integrity, respect, and commitment to furthering reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in the province of British Columbia, or inspired others to continue reconciliation efforts.

    Social Sciences Law Education Humanitites Human and Social Development Business Engineering and Computer Science Science Fine Arts
  • Berggruen Prize

    Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture recognizes major achievements in advancing ideas that shape the world.

    Law Engineering and Computer Science Fine Arts Education Social Sciences Humanitites Business Science Human and Social Development
  • Blue Planet Prize

    Blue Planet Prize goes to outstanding individuals or organizations whose work have and continue to contribute significantly to the improvement of the global environment.

    Law Education Engineering and Computer Science Humanitites Fine Arts Business Human and Social Development Science Social Sciences
  • Breakthrough Prizes

    Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics honours profound contributions to human knowledge. Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences honors transformative advances toward understanding living systems and extending human life. Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics rewards significant discoveries across the many branches of the subject.

    Science Engineering and Computer Science
  • Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

    Fellows elected to the CAHS are health and biomedical science leaders who have achieved national and international peer recognition for their contributions to the health sciences and have a demonstrated track record of exceptional accomplishment and impact.

    Engineering and Computer Science Human and Social Development Social Sciences Science
  • Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA)

    Carlyle S. Beals Award Dunlap Award for Innovation in Astronomical Research Tools Executive Award for Outstanding Service Harvey B. Richer Gold Medal for Early Career Research in Astronomy Helen Sawyer Hogg Public Lecture Martin Award for mid-career achievement Patrons of the Society honorary status recognizes service R.M. Petrie Prize Lecture is an invited discourse by an outstanding astrophysicist The Qilak Award for Astronomy Communications, Public Education and Outreach

    Science
  • Canadian Botanical Association

    The Lawson Medal, the most prestigious award of the CBA/ABC, was established "to provide a collective, formal expression of the admiration and respect of botanists in Canada for excellence in the contribution of an individual to Canadian botany." The Mary E. Elliott Service Award is given to an individual for meritorious service to CBA/ABC. The Magister Teaching Award recognizes plant biologists (CBA/ABC members or not), in their mid or late career, who have demonstrated a consistently high level of teaching excellence and teaching-related activities over at least 10 years as a faculty member at a Canadian post-secondary institution, including colleges and institutes.

    Science
  • Canadian Cancer Society

    The Canadian Cancer Society Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research recognize individuals who have made, and are making, valuable contributions to the cancer research ecosystem in Canada. Recipients are leaders in their fields who exemplify excellence in science and outstanding service to the scientific community. The Inclusive Excellence Prize is given to an individual who has demonstrated leadership in the advancement of equity, diversity and inclusion as it relates to the cancer research ecosystem in Canada. The Lifetime Contribution Prize is given to an esteemed Canadian whose contributions to cancer research extend beyond traditional research accomplishments and outputs. The Robert L. Noble Prize is given for outstanding achievements in basic biomedical cancer research. The O. Harold Warwick Prize is given for outstanding achievements in cancer control research. The William E. Rawls Prize is given to an early career investigator whose outstanding contributions have the potential to lead to, or have already led to important advances in cancer control. The Bernard and Francine Dorval Prize is given to an early career investigator whose outstanding contributions to basic biomedical research have the potential to lead, or have already led to improved understanding of cancer treatments and/or cures.

    Engineering and Computer Science Human and Social Development Science
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research

    Trailblazer Awards Gold Leaf Awards Rising Star Awards

    Human and Social Development
  • Canadian Public Health Association

    The R.D. Defries Award is CPHA's highest award for outstanding contributions in the broad field of public health, preference being given to Canadian contributions and individuals who have substantially supported the objectives of CPHA. Honorary Life Membership is awarded to a CPHA member for exceptional excellence as an educator, researcher or practitioner in the field of public health, as demonstrated by achievements, valuable and outstanding research or distinguished service in the advancement of public health knowledge and practice. The Certificate of Merit gives official recognition to individuals/groups/associations who have given especially noteworthy services to public health and whose contribution furthers CPHA in achieving its objectives. The Ron Draper Health Promotion Award is presented to an individual, group or organization engaged in community work who has made a significant contribution to health promotion by working in the community to: build healthy public policy, create environments that support health, enable community action, enhance personal skills, and/or re-orient health services. The CPHA National Public Health Hero Award recognizes an individual in a community of any size and composition from across the country, whose efforts have resulted in a positive difference for the public's health at the national level.

    Human and Social Development
  • Chemical Institute of Canada

    The Alfred Bader award is presented as a mark of distinction and recognition for excellence in research in organic chemistry by a scientist who is currently working in Canada.

    The Award for Research Excellence in Materials Chemistry is presented to a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who has made an outstanding contribution to materials chemistry while working in Canada.

    The Bernard Belleau Award is presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of medicinal chemistry through research involving biochemical or organic chemical mechanisms.

    The Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Lectureship Award is presented to a scientist who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of biological or medicinal chemistry within the past five years.

    The Canadian Journal of Chemistry Best Paper Award recognizes the "best paper" published in the volume year of the Canadian Journal of Chemistry (CJC) by a scientist residing in Canada.

    The Canadian Light Source T.K. Sham Award is presented to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to materials chemistry both in terms of research and mentoring while working in Canada.

    The Clara Benson Award is presented to recognize a woman who has made a distinguished contribution to chemistry while working in Canada.

    The E.W.R. Steacie Award is presented to a scientist who has made a distinguished contribution to chemistry while working in Canada.

    Fred Beamish Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates innovation in research in the field of analytical chemistry, where the research is anticipated to have significant potential for practical applications.

    Gilead Award for Excellence in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is presented to a chemist as a mark of distinction and recognition for excellence in their work in equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives.

    Gilead Early Career Award for Excellence in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is presented to an early career chemist as a mark of distinction and recognition for excellence in their work in equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives.

    The IntelliSyn Pharma Research Excellence Award (formerly the Boehringer Ingelheim Research Excellence Award) is presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to medicinally relevant organic or biophysical chemistry while working in Canada.

    The John C. Polanyi Award is presented for excellence by a scientist carrying out research in Canada in physical, theoretical or computational chemistry or chemical physics.

    The Keith Fagnou Award is presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to organic chemistry while working in Canada. Eligible candidates must have received their Ph.D. no more than 12 years prior at the time of initial nomination.

    The Keith Laidler Award recognizes outstanding early-career contributions to physical chemistry, for research carried out in Canada, by a scientist residing in Canada.

    The Melanie O’Neill Young Investigator Award in Biological Chemistry is presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to biological chemistry while working in Canada.

    The R.U. Lemieux Award is presented to an organic chemist who has made a distinguished contribution to any area of organic chemistry and who is currently working in Canada.

    The Ricardo Aroca Award is presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of analytical chemistry while working in Canada.

    The Rio Tinto Award is presented to a scientist who has made a distinguished contribution to the fields of inorganic chemistry or electrochemistry while working in Canada.

    The Strem Chemicals Award is presented to a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who has made an outstanding contribution to inorganic chemistry, demonstrating exceptional promise, while working in Canada.

    The Tom Ziegler Award is presented in honour of Prof. Tom Ziegler (1945-2015) to a scientist residing in Canada who has made an outstanding early-career contribution to theoretical and/or computational chemistry.

    The W.A.E. McBryde Medal is presented to a young scientist working in Canada who has made a significant achievement in pure or applied analytical chemistry.

    Science
  • City of Victoria Honorary Citizen

    The City’s Honorary Citizen Award celebrates those who have performed outstanding service for the betterment of our community and personal achievements.

    Engineering and Computer Science Fine Arts Humanitites Social Sciences Education Business Law Science Human and Social Development
  • Colton Medal

    This award, which may be given in any field or discipline, recognizes substantive contribution to some aspect of microsystems or nanotechnology, including microelectronics, photonics, optoelectronics, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), microfluidics, nanomaterials, and embedded software. The contribution must notably improve our understanding of, or demonstrate novelty in one or more of the following areas: applying fabrication technology; design methods and computer aided design tools; and or system architecture.

    Engineering and Computer Science
  • Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC

    The CUFA BC Distinguished Academics Awards celebrate the ideas that contribute to the non-academic community and demonstrate the necessity and vitality of public university-based research and scholarly activity. Each year, the nominees hail from different institutions and disciplines, and conduct research in very different domains. However different their work, they are united by their passion for rigorous and meaningful scholarship – and for research that contributes to the public good.

    Social Sciences Education Business Engineering and Computer Science Law Science Fine Arts Human and Social Development Humanitites
  • Cosmos Prize

    The International Cosmos Prize is awarded for research work that has achieved excellence and is recognized as contributing to a significant understanding of the relationships among living organisms, the interdependence of life and the global environment, and the common nature integrating these inter-relationships. It should be characterized by a global perspective which tries to illuminate the relationships between diverse phenomena, in keeping with the concepts and principle of "The Harmonious Coexistence of Nature and Mankind."

    Education Humanitites Law Fine Arts Human and Social Development Science Social Sciences Business Engineering and Computer Science
  • Engineers and Geoscientists of BC

    The President’s Awards are British Columbia’s top awards for professional engineers and professional geoscientists and have been developed to recognize the exemplary and outstanding professional, technical, and community contributions made by members of Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia. The Environmental Award highlights the role of professional engineers and geoscientists in responsible environmental management. The Sustainability Award was created to recognize the important contribution that engineering and geoscience make to the well being of human life and the ecosystems on which we all depend. The Mentor of the Year Award recognizes excellence amongst mentors in the engineering and geoscience community in British Columbia. The Forest Engineering Award of Excellence, sponsored jointly by Engineers and Geoscientists BC and the Association of BC Forest Professionals, recognizes excellence and promotes cooperation and leadership in forest engineering in the broadest sense.

    Science Engineering and Computer Science
  • Eppendorf and Science Prize

    The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology encourages the work of promising young neurobiologists by providing support in the early stages of their careers.

    Science
  • Fields Medal

    The Fields Medal is awarded every four years on the occasion of the International Congress of Mathematicians to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement.

    Science
  • Franklin Institute Awards

    The Franklin Institute Awards pays tribute to Benjamin Franklin by honoring the greatest minds in science, engineering, and industry. Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science Bower Award for Business Leadership Benjamin Franklin NextGen Award Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science Benjamin Franklin Medal in Mechanical Engineering Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics

    Engineering and Computer Science Science Social Sciences
  • Friesen International Prize in Health Research

    The award supports an annual fall lecture or series of lectures by a worthy and accomplished speaker of international stature on topics related to the advancement of health research and its evolving contributions to society.

    Human and Social Development Science Social Sciences
  • Gabbay Award

    The Jacob and Louise Gabbay Award in Biotechnology and Medicine recognizes, as early as possible in their careers, scientists in academia, medicine or industry whose work had outstanding scientific content and significant practical consequences in the biomedical sciences. Nominations are solicited; please contact the Awards Facilitator (awardfac@uvic.ca) for assistance.

    Engineering and Computer Science Science
  • Gairdner Awards for Biomedical Research

    The Canada Gairdner International Awards recognize outstanding biomedical scientists who have made original contributions to medicine resulting in an increased understanding of human biology and disease. The Canada Gairdner Global Health Award honours scientifically based research that has improved the health and well-being of those facing health inequities worldwide. The Canada Gairdner Wightman Award honours a Canadian health researcher who demonstrates extraordinary leadership paired with exceptional science.

    Science Human and Social Development
  • Gerda Henkel Prize

    The Gerda Henkel Prize is awarded every two years to excellent and internationally acclaimed researchers who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement in the disciplines and funding areas supported by the Foundation and can be expected to continue to do so. Support is primarily provided for the historical humanities, in particular to support research projects in the following fields: Archaeology History Historical Islamic Studies Art History History of Law Prehistory and Early History History of Science

    Humanitites Fine Arts Social Sciences Law Science
  • Gittler Prize

    The Joseph B and Toby Gittler Prize recognizes outstanding and lasting scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic and/or religious relations.

    Humanitites
  • Governor Generals Awards

    Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts The Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts are Canada’s foremost distinctions for excellence in visual and media arts. Governor General's Literary Awards are given annually to the best English-language and French-language books in each of the seven categories of Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, Young People's Literature (Text), Young People's Literature (Illustrated Books), and Translation (from French to English, and from English to French). Governor General's Performing Arts Awards are Canada's foremost distinction for excellence in the performing arts, recognizing artists and arts volunteers for their outstanding lifetime contributions to Canada's cultural life. Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case salute Canadian contributions to the advancement of women's equality and celebrate Canada's evolution as an inclusive society. Governor General's History Awards honour excellence in educational and public programming about our history and heritage. They are offered in five categories: Teaching; Scholarly Research; Museums; Community Programming; Popular Media. Governor General's Innovation Awards inspire Canadians to embrace innovation and to emulate innovative, entrepreneurial risk-takers who have developed new or better ways of creating value and that are having a meaningful impact on our quality of life.

    Education Fine Arts Human and Social Development Engineering and Computer Science Humanitites Science Law Business Social Sciences
  • Grawemeyer Awards

    The Grawemeyer Awards are five annual prizes given in the fields of music, political science, psychology, education and religion. They were founded by H. Charles Grawemeyer to help make the world a better place.

    Education Social Sciences Humanitites Fine Arts
  • Gruber Prizes

    The International Prize Program honors individuals in the fields of Cosmology, Genetics, and Neuroscience, whose groundbreaking work provides new models that inspire and enable fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture.

    Science Engineering and Computer Science
  • Guggenheim Fellowship

    Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

    Social Sciences Humanitites Human and Social Development Engineering and Computer Science Fine Arts Business Education Law Science
  • Harvey Prize

    The Harvey Prize is awarded annually in a variety of disciplines within the categories of Science and Technology and Human Health. The Harvey Prize has also been awarded for Contribution to Peace in the Middle East.

    Engineering and Computer Science Human and Social Development Science
  • Holberg International Memorial Prize

    The Holberg Prize is awarded annually to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to research in the humanities, social sciences, law or theology.

    Social Sciences Law Fine Arts Humanitites
  • Indianapolis Prize

    The Indianapolis Prize awards $250,000 to an animal conservationist who has achieved major victories in advancing the sustainability of an animal species or group of species. The Prize also awards five finalists with $10,000 each. Granted biennially, this award was established to bring the world’s attention to the cause of animal conservation and the brave, talented and dedicated men and women who spend their lives saving the Earth’s endangered animal species.

    Science
  • IndSpire Awards

    The IndSpire Awards recognize First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals who exemplify Indigenous excellence and whose stories inspire, uplift, and educate Canadians about the tremendous contributions Indigenous people make to our country. There are many categories including: Youth Arts Business and Commerce Culture, Heritage and Spirituality Education Health Law and Justice Public Service Sports Lifetime Achievement

    Science Law Business Social Sciences Human and Social Development Humanitites Fine Arts Education Engineering and Computer Science
  • Institute of Public Administration of Canada

    Vanier Medal recognizes distinction and exceptional achievement of a person who has shown distinctive leadership in public administration and public service in Canada, or who, by his/her writings or other endeavours, has made a significant contribution in the field of public administration or public service in Canada. J.E. Hodgetts Award And Prix Roland Parenteau celebrate outstanding scholarship to acknowledge the best of Canadian Public Administration journal articles in both English and French.

    Human and Social Development Business Law
  • Japan Prize

    This award honors scientists and researchers worldwide who are recognized for having contributed significantly to the peace and prosperity of humankind through their original and outstanding achievements that have greatly advanced the progress of science and technology. The eligible fields of this award cover all fields of science and technology. Every year, two fields for the award presentation are chosen by considering the developments in science and technology.

    Science Social Sciences Engineering and Computer Science Human and Social Development
  • Joseph B Gittler Award

    For scholarly contributions to the philosophical foundations of psychological knowledge.

    Social Sciences
  • Kavli Prizes

    The Kavli Prize honors scientists for breakthroughs in three research areas: Astrophysics: the origin, structure, and composition of the cosmos. Nanoscience: science at the atomic scale. Neuroscience: science of the human brain.

    Science
  • Killam Prizes

    The Killam Prizes are awarded to active Canadian scholars who have distinguished themselves through sustained excellence, making a significant impact in their respective fields in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, and engineering.

    Social Sciences Engineering and Computer Science Science Humanitites
  • King Faisal Prize

    The King Faisal Prizes recognize the outstanding works of individuals and institutions in five major categories: Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language and Literature, Medicine, and Science. Its aim is to benefit Muslims in their present and future, inspire them to participate in all aspects of civilization, as well as enrich human knowledge and develop mankind.

    Law Business Human and Social Development Humanitites Social Sciences Engineering and Computer Science Science Education Fine Arts
  • L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science

    The International Awards L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science honours - every year - 5 eminent women scientists from 5 regions of the world. Alternating every other year, these exceptional researchers are rewarded for their important contributions to the progress of science, either in Life sciences or in the fields of Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Computer science.

    Science Engineering and Computer Science
  • Lane Anderson Book Award

    For Canadian science writing.

    Science Engineering and Computer Science Social Sciences Human and Social Development
  • Lasker Prizes

    Lasker Awards are currently given in the categories of Basic Research, Clinical Research, Special Achievement, and Public Service. Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award: For a fundamental discovery that opens up a new area of biomedical science. Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award: For a major advance that improves the lives of many thousands of people. Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science: For research accomplishments and scientific statesmanship that engender the deepest feelings of awe and respect. Lasker~Bloomberg Public Service Award: For improving the public’s understanding of medical research, public health, or healthcare; providing financial support for initiatives to enhance public health and/or medical research; serving as a spokesperson for medical research or public health; providing outstanding public health practice.

    Science Human and Social Development
  • Life Sciences BC

    The awards will recognize the achievements of individuals, companies and organizations that have had success in endeavouring to advance discoveries from bench to bedside. At the center of the life sciences sector is improving the lives of patients.

    Engineering and Computer Science Science
  • Molson Prizes

    The Molson Prizes are awarded to two persons – one in the arts and the other in the social sciences and humanities - who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding achievements and ongoing contributions to Canada's cultural and intellectual heritage.

    Humanitites Fine Arts Social Sciences
  • National Academy of Engineering

    Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering is awarded for a specific achievement or for a series of achievements in any engineering discipline, and may be awarded to an individual or a group of individuals contributing to the same achievement. The Russ Prize is awarded for a specific achievement or for a series of achievements in bioengineering, and may be awarded to an individual or a group of individuals contributing to the same achievement(s).

    Engineering and Computer Science
  • National Foundation for Cancer Research

    The Salisbury Award for Entrepreneurial Translational Research encourages and promotes innovative scientists and early stage startups to translate their discoveries into therapies that can improve the lives of cancer patients. The initiative is designed to catalyze and advance promising research innovations onto the path of commercialization. The Szent-Gyorgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research recognizes a person who has made an original discovery or achieved a breakthrough in scientific understanding that has been developed, by them or others, for better prevention, earlier diagnosis, or new treatments for patients with cancer.

    Business Science Engineering and Computer Science
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

    Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering recognizes outstanding Canadian teams of researchers from different disciplines who came together to engage in research drawing on their combined knowledge and skills, and produced a record of excellent achievements in the natural sciences and engineering in the last six years. The Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering is awarded annually for both the sustained excellence and overall influence of research work conducted in Canada in the natural sciences or engineering. The NSERC John C. Polanyi Award honours an individual or team whose Canadian-based research has led to a recent outstanding advance in the natural sciences or engineering. The NSERC Awards for Science Promotion honour individuals and groups who make an outstanding contribution to the promotion of science in Canada through activities encouraging popular interest in science or developing science abilities. The Synergy Awards for Innovation recognize examples of collaboration that stand as models of effective partnership between industry and colleges or universities. Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships are awarded annually to recognize early stage academic researchers in the natural sciences and engineering and to enhance their research capacity so that they can become leaders in their field and inspire others. Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships were previously known as the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships. The NSERC Donna Strickland Prize for Societal Impact of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research honours an individual or team whose research in Canada has led to exceptional benefits for Canadians.

    Science Engineering and Computer Science
  • Nemmers Prizes

    The Frederic Esser Nemmers Prize in Mathematics is awarded for achievement and work of lasting significance in the field of mathematics. In particular, the prize recognizes major contributions to new knowledge or the development of significant new modes of analysis. The Nemmers Prize in Earth Sciences recognizes achievement and work of lasting significance in the field of earth sciences. The Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in Economics is awarded for achievement and work of lasting significance in the field of economics. In particular, the prize recognizes major contributions to new knowledge or the development of significant new modes of analysis. The Mechthild Esser Nemmers Prize in Medical Science is awarded for achievement and work of lasting significance in the field of medical science. In particular, the prize recognizes major contributions to new knowledge or the development of significant new modes of analysis. The Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition honors classical music composers of outstanding achievement in a body of work and a unique creativity.

    Science Fine Arts
  • Niwano Peace Prize

    The Niwano Peace Prize honours an individual or organization making a significant contribution to world peace through promoting interreligious cooperation.

    Social Sciences Humanitites
  • Northern Science Award

    The Northern Science Award is presented annually to an individual or a group who has made a significant contribution to meritorious knowledge and understanding of the Canadian North and, in the spirit of the last International Polar Year (2007-2008), recognizes the transformation of knowledge into action.

    Science Social Sciences
  • Order of BC

    The Order of British Columbia recognizes those persons who have served with the greatest distinction and excelled in any field of endeavour benefiting the people of British Columbia and beyond. The Order represents the highest form of recognition the Province can extend to its citizens.

    Education Engineering and Computer Science Humanitites Business Law Social Sciences Fine Arts Human and Social Development Science
  • Order of Canada

    Do you know someone who’s changing the game? A role model whose achievements stand above the rest? From community volunteers to scientists, from artists to entrepreneurs, the members of the Order of Canada have enriched the lives of others and made our country a better place. All individuals who make outstanding contributions to their field of endeavour are eligible for appointment to the Order of Canada.

    Fine Arts Science Human and Social Development Education Social Sciences Engineering and Computer Science Law Humanitites Business
  • Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

    The QEPrize champions bold, groundbreaking engineering innovation that is of global benefit to humanity.

    Engineering and Computer Science
  • Queen's Counsel

    The honorary title of Queen's Counsel (QC) recognizes exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession.

    Law
  • Right Livelihood Award

    The Right Livelihood Award aims to boost urgent and long-term social change by recognizing the actions of brave visionaries working for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world for all.

    Law Social Sciences Engineering and Computer Science Fine Arts Humanitites Science Business Education Human and Social Development
  • Robert Koch Award

    The Robert Koch Award is awarded annually to researchers for outstanding and internationally recognized scientific achievements. The Robert Koch Gold Medal recognizes the outstanding life's work of a scientist.

    Science
  • Rolex Awards for Enterprise

    The Rolex Awards foster the values of quality, ingenuity, determination and, above all, enterprising spirit. The awards support exceptional individuals around the world, pioneers who have no or little access to traditional funding and are responding to major challenges with original and innovative projects that advance human knowledge and well-being.

    Science Human and Social Development Engineering and Computer Science Business Social Sciences
  • Rosenstiel Award

    The Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research is given to scientists for recent discoveries of particular originality and importance to basic medical research.

    Science
  • Royal Canadian Geographical Society

    The Massey Medal honours those who have contributed to the exploration, development or description of Canada’s geography. The Martin Bergmann Medal is awarded for distinguished accomplishments in Arctic leadership in the Canadian Arctic, excellence for a recent outstanding achievement, or for a lifetime of achievement. The Lawrence J. Burpee Medal recognizes an outstanding contribution or other achievement that greatly enhances the ability of the Society to fulfill its mission of making Canada better known on a national or international level, and/or contributes to the general advancement of geography. The Camsell Medal recognizes outstanding volunteer service to The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. The Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration recognizes singular achievements and the pursuit of excellence by an outstanding Canadian explorer or a non-Canadian for exploratory achievements within Canada The Joseph-Elzéar Bernier Medal recognizes an exemplary deed or activity that has enhanced or aided the Society in fulfilling its mandate at the international, national, provincial or headquarters level. The Louie Kamookak Medal is awarded by the Society to any person or organization which has been brought to the attention of the Executive Committee, Awards Committee, or to the CEO, as having made Canada’s geography better known to Canadians and to the world. It is also awarded for a noteworthy deed that has served to advance the discipline of geography. The Alex Trebek Medal for Geographic Literacy honours people who work beyond the expectation of their professions toward heightening geographic literacy.

    Social Sciences Science
  • Royal Society of Canada

    Fellowship: Fellows of the RSC are distinguished Canadians from all branches of learning who have made remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities and the sciences, as well as in Canadian public life. College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists: The RSC College is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. Medals and awards: The RSC administers over 20 prestigious awards in recognition of outstanding achievement.

    Fine Arts Human and Social Development Engineering and Computer Science Humanitites Business Science Education Law Social Sciences
  • Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize

    The prestigious Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research is awarded each year to an outstanding rising star researcher in the field of mental health, to recognize, encourage and support them as they pursue their research interests and goals.

    Human and Social Development Science
  • Sloan Fellowship

    These two-year, $75,000 fellowships are awarded yearly to early career researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

    Science Social Sciences Engineering and Computer Science
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

    SSHRC Impact Awards recognize outstanding researchers and celebrate their research achievements, research training, knowledge mobilization, and outreach activities funded partially or entirely by SSHRC. The Gold Medal is SSHRC's highest research honour. It is awarded to an individual whose sustained leadership, dedication and originality of thought have inspired students and colleagues alike. The Talent Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual who, on April 1, 2021, holds a SSHRC doctoral scholarship or fellowship or postdoctoral fellowship. The Talent Award is given to an individual who maintains academic excellence, has a talent for research and knowledge mobilization and has demonstrated clear potential to be a future leader within and/or outside the academic sector. The Insight Award recognizes outstanding achievement arising from a single or multiple SSHRC-funded initiatives. It is given to an individual or a team of six people maximum (including the nominee) whose initiative(s) have significantly contributed to knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world. The Connection Award recognizes an outstanding SSHRC-funded initiative that facilitates the flow and exchange of research knowledge within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community. It is given to an individual or team whose initiative has engaged the campus and/or wider community, and has generated intellectual, cultural, social and/or economic impacts. The Partnership Award recognizes a SSHRC‑funded formal partnership for its outstanding achievement in advancing research, research training or knowledge mobilization, or developing a new partnership approach to research and/or related activities. It is awarded to a formal partnership that, through mutual co-operation and shared intellectual leadership and resources, has demonstrated impact and influence within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community.

    Humanitites Business Law Human and Social Development Education Social Sciences
  • Steacie Prize

    The Steacie Prize is presented once a year to a scientist or engineer of 40 years of age or less for outstanding scientific research carried out in Canada.

    Science Engineering and Computer Science
  • Stockholm Water Prize

    The Stockholm Water Prize is awarded to a person or organization who contributes to the conservation and protection of water resources, and to the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants.

    Engineering and Computer Science Humanitites Fine Arts Social Sciences Human and Social Development Education Business Law Science
  • Tang Prizes

    The Tang Prize in Sustainable Development recognizes those who have made extraordinary contributions to the sustainable development of human societies, especially through groundbreaking innovations in science and technology. The Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science recognizes original biopharmaceutical or biomedical research that has led to significant advances towards preventing, diagnosing and/or treating major human diseases to improve human health. The Tang Prize in Sinology recognizes the study of Sinology in its broadest sense, awarding research on China and its related fields, such as Chinese thought, history, philology, linguistics, archaeology, philosophy, religion, traditional canons, literature, and art (excluding literary and art works). The Tang Prize in the Rule of Law recognizes individual(s) or institution(s) who have made significant contributions to the rule of law, reflected not only in the achievement of the candidate(s) in terms of the advancement of legal theory or practice, but also in the realization of the rule of law in contemporary societies through the influences or inspiration of the work of the candidate(s).

    Science Business Engineering and Computer Science Law Humanitites Human and Social Development Education Social Sciences Fine Arts
  • VinFuture Prizes

    VinFuture Prizes reward breakthrough scientific research and technological innovations that catalyze meaningful change in everyday lives, that is, tangible and highly scalable improvements in areas such as productivity, prosperity, connectivity, health, safety, environment, sustainability, as well as the overall happiness of people regardless of their socioeconomic status.

    Social Sciences Science Education Business Law Humanitites Human and Social Development Engineering and Computer Science
  • Wallenberg Prize

    The Marcus Wallenberg Prize recognizes, encourages and stimulates pathbreaking scientific achievements which contribute significantly to broadening knowledge and to technical development within the fields of importance to forestry and forest industries.

    Science Social Sciences Engineering and Computer Science
  • Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists

    Praxis Awards are offered for outstanding achievement in translating anthropological knowledge into action.

    Social Sciences
  • Wolf Prize

    The Wolf Prize is awarded to outstanding scientists and artists from around the world for achievements in the interest of mankind and friendly relations among peoples.

    Science Fine Arts
  • World Food Prize

    The World Food Prize is awarded for a specific, exceptionally significant, individual achievement that advances human development with a demonstrable increase in the quantity, quality, availability of, or access to food through creative interventions at any point within the full scope of the food system.

    Human and Social Development Science Engineering and Computer Science Business Social Sciences
  • Yidan Prize

    The Yidan Prize is an inclusive education award that recognizes individuals, or up to three-member teams, who have contributed significantly to education research and development. Yidan Prize for Education Research is awarded for significant contribution to the science of education. Yidan Prize for Education Development is awarded for instituting positive change in education and learning.

    Education Human and Social Development

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