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The School of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the Council of Ontario Universities (COU)
2016 John Charles Polanyi Prize Competition.
In honour of the achievement of John Charles Polanyi, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in
to five prizes to outstanding researchers in the early stages of their career who are continuing to
post-doctoral studies or have recently started a faculty appointment at an Ontario university.
Value of Prizes
The prizes have a value of $20,000 each and are available in the areas broadly defined as Physics,
Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Economic Science.
McMaster may submit up to three nominees in each category.
(Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Economic Science)
appointment) in a recognized Ontario publicly assisted university who meets the following
criteria may apply for one of the prizes:
studies in any recognized university in the world, or has completed or is nearing
completion of doctoral studies in an Ontario university; and
if the doctoral degree has not yet been awarded, will have completed all the
requirements for the doctoral degree by April 30, 2017. Applicants holding faculty
appointments within these time limits may apply. (Note: Applicants who have been
on parental leave between the time of completion of the doctorate and the time of
application may have their period of eligibility extended by six months.)
The prizes are awarded to recognize truly outstanding researchers and scholars for their
description of planned research when it makes its decisions about the applicants to be
awarded the Prizes. The Committee looks for the evidence from past research in very
concrete terms and sees a plan for future research - both are considered but a good plan
without a truly meritorious record of past achievement would not be recognized with a
The tax-exempt Prizes are awarded directly to recipients who have discretion over the use
funds received by the winners.
It is hoped that the prizes will be conferred by September, 2017. No prize will be awarded
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Each applicant must submit to
the following documents as one
Curriculum vitae, including information concerning the application. Please note, updates to
curriculum vitae will not be accepted after submission
(maximum of 2 pages, plus an additional 1 page for diagrams, bibliography, etc., to be
prepared by the applicant)
The candidate must also provide:
Confidential letters from four assessors. These should focus on an evaluation of the
The applicant must ask for the appraisals to be transmitted electronically directly to the
Dean of Graduate Studies by e-mailing
. Two of the
assessors must not have been associated with the candidate as either a supervisor, or a
member of the applicant’s supervisory committee, or a co-author and should preferably be
from another university.
Department Process-Letter of support
A letter of support is required from the department.
The letter is also due on December 1, 2016.
Department Chairs and/or Proposed Supervisors of the Postdoctoral Fellow and/or fourth
Among other things, the letter should clarify the nature of the position which will be held by
basis of the formal Institutional Nomination Letter required as part of the application.
The Department is required to submit the letter of support by the deadline to
For further information, please visit the COU Website at: