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Curated List of External Awards and Honours

Notable Upcoming Award and Fellowship Opportunities for Faculty in the Natural, Applied and Medical Sciences

We've curated a list of notable awards and fellowships that may be of interest to our faculty below. * Starred opportunities allow exceptions for candidates whose careers were disrupted for various reasons. Please see individual websites for details.


Eligibility and Support


President's Impact Awards
Awarded annually to celebrate and honour faculty members whose research has led to signficant impact beyond academia.

All nominations from the Temerty Faculty of Medicine must be endorsed by the Office of the Vice Dean, Research & Health Science Education. Please submit a draft of the nomination package and the completed Endorsement Form to Please contact with any questions.

Oct. 20, 2023

The Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize
Awarded annually by Columbia University for outstanding basic research in biology or biochemistry.

Preference given to work done in the recent past.

Jan. 30, 2023

Welch Award in Chemistry
Aims to foster and encourage basic chemical research and to recognize, in a substantial manner, the value of chemical research contributions for the benefit of humankind.


Jan. 31, 2023

Japan Prize
The Japan Prize is awarded to scientists and engineers from around the world who have made significant contributions to the advancement of science and technology, thereby furthering the cause of peace and prosperity of mankind.

The topic areas open for nomination in 2023 are expected to be: 
Resources, Energy, Environment, and Social Infrastructure &
Medical Science and Pharmaceutical Science

Internal deadline: Jan. 15, 2023
Sponsor deadline: Jan. 31, 2023

Harvey Prize
Rewards excellence by recognizing recent breakthroughs in science, technology and human health. Typically one prize is given in the physical and information sciences and one in the life sciences annually.


Feb. 1, 2023

National Academy of Medicine Membership
Membership is based up distinguished professional achievement in a field related to medicine and health, in addition to other qualifications.


Feb. 1, 2023

Lasker Awards
Aims to recognize fundamental biological discoveries and clinical advances that improve human health, and to draw attention to the importance of public support of science. Four awards related to biomedical sciences are available.


Feb. 6, 2023

Grawemeyer Award in Psychology
Given annually for original and creative ideas that possess clarity, power and that substantially impact the field of psychology. The award is designed to recognize a specific idea, rather than a lifetime of achievement. 


Feb. 28, 2023

Princess of Asturias Awards 
Technical and Scientific Research Award
Recognizes the work of fostering and advancing research in the field of mathematics, astronomy and astrophysics, physics, chemistry, life sciences, medical sciences, earth and space sciences or technological sciences, including those disciplines corresponding to each of these fields as well as their related technologies.


March 2, 2023

Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Fellowship
Election to the Fellowship of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) is considered one of the highest honours within Canada’s academic community. Fellows are nominated by their peers and institutions and selected in a competitive process based on their internationally recognized leadership, academic performance, scientific creativity and willingness to serve. 


March 6, 2023

Keio Medical Science Prize
Recognizes the outstanding and creative achievements of researchers in the fields of medicine and life sciences, in particular those contributing to scientific developments in basic or clinical medicine. 


March 7, 2023

Order of Ontario
Recognizes any current or former long-time resident of Ontario who has demonstrated a high level of individual excellence and achievement in any field benefiting the people of Ontario or anywhere in the world.


March 31, 2023

King Faisal International Prizes
Prize in Medicine: Recognizes original scientific research on the prize’s topic, with major benefits to humanity. Current field: Peripheral Disabilities Treatments

Prize in Science: 
Recognizes original scientific research on the prize’s topic, with major benefits to humanity. Current field: Life Science


March 31, 2023

Henry Marshall Tory Medal
Royal Society of Canada medal awarded every two years to recognize outstanding research in a branch of astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, physics, or an allied science, carried out mainly in the eight years preceding the date of the award, but all the research of the candidate is taken into account.


March 31, 2023

McLaughlin Medal
Royal Society of Canada medal awarded annually to recognize important research of sustained excellence in any branch of medical sciences. 


March 31, 2023

Rutherford Memorial Medal
Royal Society of Canada medal awarded annually to recognize outstanding research in any branch of physics and chemistry.

Anyone can apply, but some preference will be given to candidates whose age is not over forty in the year of the award.

March 31, 2023

Community-Based Research Excellence Awards
Recognizes excellence in community-based research, an alternative research approach to traditional academic research that requires incredible dedication, time, energy, and skills. 

There are two awards offered annually; one requires that faculty members be within five years of appointment.

April 3, 2023

Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships
Recognizes early-stage academic researchers in the natural sciences and engineering and support them to enhance their research capacity, so that they can become leaders in their field and inspire others.

Eligible candidates must have held an independent academic position for 10 years or less as of June 1 of the year of nomination and hold a grant from NSERC.*

Internal Deadline: May 1, 2023
Sponsor Deadline: June 7, 2023

Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research
Awarded biennially to up to three young leaders in cancer research who are making significant contributions to the understanding of cancer or are improving the treatment of the disease through basic or clinical research.

Nominees are required to be age 45 or younger on the date of the submission deadline.

May 7, 2023

Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research
Awarded annually to an individual of international stature who best exemplifies Dr. Henry G. Friesen’s prescience, organizational creativity and broad impact on health research and health research policy.


June 1, 2023

Killam Prize
Awarded to active Canadian scholars who have made a substantial and distinguished contribution to their respective fields in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences or engineering.


June 2, 2023

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Inductee
Inductees are those who have made outstanding contributions to medicine and the health sciences, which have led to extraordinary improvements in human health. Their work may be a single meritorious contribution or a lifetime of superior accomplishments. 


June 12, 2023

Dorothy Killam Fellowships
Supports scholars of exceptional ability by granting them time to pursue research projects of broad significance and widespread interest within the disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering or studies linking any of these disciplines.

Nominees are early- to mid-career researchers (typically have completed their PhD no more than 15 years prior).

June 16, 2023

Steacie Prize for Natural Sciences
Presented annually to a scientist or engineer of 40 years of age or less for outstanding scientific research in the natural sciences carried out in Canada.

Extensions beyond the 40 year age requirement are permitted for official leaves, including parental and sick leave, and must be specified in the nomination letter. 

June 30, 2023

BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards
Recognizes and rewards world-class research and artistic creation, prizing contributions of singular impact. Relevant categories: Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics), Biology and Biomedicine.


June 30, 2023

Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research
Awarded annually to individuals or teams of up to three researchers for outstanding early-career research in a mental health discipline. 

Individuals under 45 years of age or teams up to three recipients under 45 years of age, who hold an MD (or equivalent) or PhD and are affiliated with Canadian academic or clinical research institutions.

July 15, 2023

Canada Gairdner Momentum Awards
Recognizes 2 mid-career investigators working in Canada who in their last 6 active years have produced exceptional scientific research contributions with continued potential for impact on human health. 

Individuals who are 10-15 years past their first independent research appointment working in Canada.

July 15, 2023

Gairdner Early Career Investigator Awards
Awardees are invited to present their research as part of the Gairdner Science Week events in October.

All faculty and professionals at the Assistant Professor or equivalent rank.

August 1, 2023 

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


August 31, 2023

Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education
Awarded biennially for outstanding research in medical education, including all education and training for any health science profession.


Sept. 10, 2023

Sloan Research Fellowships
Sloan Research Fellowships are two-year fellowships awarded annually in recognition of outstanding early-career faculty who have the potential to revolutionize their fields of study.

Tenure-track, but untenured, faculty in the relevant subject areas.

Internal Deadline: Sept. 13, 2023
Sponsor Deadline: Sept. 15, 2023

Robert Koch Award
The prize is awarded annually to researchers for outstanding and internationally recognized scientific achievements, particularly in the fields of microbiology and immunology.


Sept. 15, 2023

Guggenheim Fellowships
Intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship, the Fellowships provide Fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible. Fellowships are awarded in support of a single project with a balanced, focused goal. 


Sept. 17, 2023

Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health International prize for outstanding achievement in Biomedical Research.

Individuals who are 52 years of age or younger as of January 1 of the year following nomination.

Sept. 20, 2023

Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences
Recognizes breakthrough research in pure or applied life science research that is distinguished by its excellence, originality, and impact on our understanding of biological systems and processes. Particular emphasis will be placed on research which champions novel approaches and challenges accepted thinking in the biomedical sciences.


Sept. 30, 2023

Royal Society (UK) Fellowship
The Royal Society is the UK's National Academy of Science, a self-governing Fellowship made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. Candidates must have made 'a substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including mathematics, engineering science and medical science'.


Sept. 30, 2023

Governor General's Innovation Awards
The Governor General’s Innovation Awards recognize individuals, teams and/or organizations whose innovations are truly exceptional, transformative, and positive in their impact on quality of life in Canada.


Internal deadline: Early Oct. 2023 (tentative)
Sponsor deadline: Nov. 18, 2023 

Canada Gairdner International Award
Recognizes outstanding researchers whose unique scientific contributions have increased the understanding of human biology and disease and contributed to the relief of human suffering.


Oct. 1, 2023

John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award
Recognizes the world’s leading researchers who have used rational, scientifically based research to improve the wellbeing of those facing health inequalities worldwide.


Oct. 1, 2023

National Academy of Sciences Awards
James Prize in Science and Technology Integration 
Presented annually for interdisciplinary integration to solve a major contemporary challenge


Oct. 3, 2023

National Academy of Sciences Awards
Award in Molecular Biology
Recognizes a recent notable discovery in molecular biology by a young scientist.

Individuals must be 50 years of age or younger and a citizen of the United States

Oct. 3, 2023

National Academy of Sciences Awards
Pradel Research Award
Presented annually to recognize mid-career neuroscientists whose work is making major contributions to our understanding of the nervous system.


Oct. 3, 2023

National Academy of Sciences Awards
Troland Research Award
Given annually to honour unusual achievement by early-career researchers and further empirical research within the broad spectrum of experimental psychology.

Preference given to researchers 45 years of age or younger.

Oct. 3, 2023

National Academy of Sciences Awards
Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences
Presented biennially to honour significant advances in the psychological and cognitive sciences with important implications for formal and systematic theory in these fields.


Oct. 3, 2023

National Academy of Sciences Awards
Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal
Awarded every two years for outstanding research in the medical sciences.


Oct. 3, 2023

National Academy of Sciences Awards
John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science
Awarded every two years, to recognize noteworthy and distinguished accomplishments in any field of science within the National Academy of Science’s charter.


Oct. 3, 2023

Wolf Prizes
Major international honours recognizing outstanding scientists and artists "for achievements in the interest of mankind and friendly relations among peoples, irrespective of nationality, race, colour, religion, sex or political views." Nominees must have had a distinguished international career.


Oct. 24, 2023

Ho-Am Prizes
Recognizes individuals who have contributed to academics, the arts, and social development, or who have furthered the welfare of humanity through distinguished accomplishments in their respective professional fields.

Applicants must be Korean or of Korean heritage. 

Five awards annually recognize achievements in the following fields: ScienceEngineeringMedicine, the Arts, and Community Service.

Oct. 31, 2023

University of Toronto President’s Impact Awards 
Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award
Detailed guidelines regarding eligibility and recommended nominators and endorsers are outlined on the President’s Impact Academy Selection Process webpage. To access the online nomination form and instructions, please see the Prepare a Nomination webpage.


Divisional deadline: Mid Oct. 2023 (TBA)
Institutional deadline: Early Nov. 2023 (TBA)

Warren Alpert Foundation Prize
Recognizes and honours 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.


Nov. 7, 2023

CIHR-IPPH Trailblazer Award in Population and Public Health Research
Career achievement award that recognizes exceptional contributions in the area of population and public health research.


Nov. 30, 2023

Shaw Prize
Honours individuals who are currently active and who have recently achieved distinguished and significant advances in the fields of Astronomy, Life Sciences and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences, who have made outstanding contributions in academic and scientific research or applications, or who in other domains have achieved excellence.

Preference is given to individuals whose significant work was recently achieved and who are currently active in their respective fields.

Nov. 30, 2023

John Charles Polanyi Prizes
Prestigious prizes awarded annually to five outstanding Ontario researchers in the early stages of their career.

Have received their doctoral degree from any recognized university in the world within the past three years (measured from September 1).*

Internal Deadline: Early Dec. 2023
Sponsor Deadline: Jan. 31, 2024 (tentative).

RSC College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists
Enables the participation of early- and mid-career faculty in the activities of the Royal Society of Canada. In an early stage in their career, members will have demonstrated a high level of achievement. The criterion for nomination is excellence, and membership is for seven years.

Faculty within 15 years of the conferral of the PhD or equivalent qualification*

Dec. 1, 2023

Royal Society of Canada Fellowship
Recognizes exceptional intellectual achievements that have been demonstrated through a body of publications, intellectual endeavours or creative activities exhibiting original contributions in the arts, humanities or sciences, as well as in public life.


Dec. 1, 2023

Gruber Genetics Prize
Presented annually to a leading scientist(s) in recognition of original discoveries in the fields of genetic function, regulation, transmission, or variation or in genomic organization.


Dec. 15, 2023

Gruber Neuroscience Prize
Honours scientists for major discoveries that have advanced the understanding of the nervous system including distinguished research in the field of the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nervous system.


Dec. 15, 2023

National Academy of Sciences Membership or Foreign Association
Recognizes distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Members must be US citizens; non-citizens are elected as foreign associates, with a maximum of 30 elected annually.


Order of Canada
Recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society.