Research chairs

Research chairs at UVic

Research Chairs are world-class faculty whose positions are supported by targeted funding from a funding agency or benefactor.

Research Chair positions are used to attract and retain the best research talent from around the world. Research Chairholders advance the frontiers of knowledge in their fields through their research and teaching.

The Canada Research Chairs program helps universities to attract and retain the best talent from around the world, assisting universities like the University of Victoria to achieve research excellence in natural sciences and engineering, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities.

Chairholders advance the frontiers of knowledge in their fields, not only through their own work, but also by teaching and supervising students and coordinating the work of other researchers.

UVic currently holds 36 Canada Research Chairs. Information on UVic's CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiative is also available.

Canada 150 Research Chairs for Internationally Based Researchers and Scholars

The University of Victoria is participating in the Canada 150 Research Chair program announced by the Government of Canada. Outstanding international scholars were invited to submit expressions of interest to be nominated for Research Chairs in the following research areas:

•    Materials Science
•    Translational Proteomics
•    Energy Systems
•    Indigenous Nationhood
•    Performance and Cultural Studies
•    Oceans and Climate
•    Data Science

The deadline for expressions of interest was noon on 26 July 2017. Details of the Canada150 Research Chair program are available at

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) awards funding for a number of different research chairs. Current NSERC research chairs at UVic include:

Endowed academic positions are established through the generosity of benefactors who understand the need to support research excellence while providing programs and special initiatives that promote enlightened inquiry and discourse with students.

Endowed positions attract distinguished scholars of international calibre and bring distinction to the individual holding the chair, the university and the benefactor.

Learn how you can support UVic’s research mission through an endowed position.