Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Steacie Memorial Fellowships recognize early-stage academic researchers in the NSE and support them to enhance their research capacity so that they can become leaders in the field and inspire others.  Each fellow receives a research grant of $250,000 over two years; the Fellowship normally also includes a contribution of up to $90,000 per year to the university toward the fellow's salary. Successful fellows are relieved of teaching and administrative duties, so that they can devote all their time and energy to research. 

Eligibility, new for 2020: Any applicant who took up their first independent academic position within the last 10 years (on or after June 1, 2010, not counting eligible delays in research) is eligible.

EDI: New for 2020, NSERC has updated this program to promote equity, diversity and inclusion, including new eligibility and selection criteria, changes to the nomination process, updated nomination materials, and requirements for institutions to report how nominees were identified and selected. Departments and faculties should ensure that all eligible candidates are considered and given the opportunity to self-nominate. A brief explanation of how the internal selection was made will be required.

Internal selection process: As SFU can only certify six nominations per year, candidate recommendation forms must be received by the internal deadline in order to be considered by the President's Advisory Committee on Awards, Honours and Prizes for the current competition. Those candidates selected to advance to NSERC will have until May 25, 2020, to submit a draft nomination package to the ISA for review and institutional certification. Please contact Institutional Strategic Awards at for details and assistance. 

*As this award carries research funding, an SFU Signature sheet and copy of full nomination package will be due to no later than 3 business days before agency deadline. Only those candidates who have been recommended by the internal awards committee will advance to NSERC (see above internal selection process).

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Upcoming Deadlines

July 07, 2021July 07, 2021 *
April 03, 2021 Apr. 03, 2021 April 03, 2021 16:00:00 April 03, 2021 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Steacie Memorial Fellowships Recognizes early-stage academic researchers in the natural sciences and engineering and supports them to enhance their research capacity, so that they can become leaders in their field and inspire others. .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.