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SGS Award Announcement 

To:

 

Graduate



 

Chairs/Directors; Graduate Coordinators; Graduate Administrators

 

From:

 

Stacey Kwan, Graduate Awards Officer (Provincial), Graduate Awards Office



 

CC:

 

Joshua Barker, Dean, Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and 



Education; Luc De Nil, Vice-Dean, Students; Laura Stathopoulos, Director, Graduate 

Awards and Financial Aid

 

Date:

 

Re:

 

October 1



6

, 2017


 

2018 John Charles Polanyi Prizes 

Award Overview 



Applicant Deadline to Graduate Unit: 

December 1, 2017* 

Graduate Unit Deadline to SGS: 

December 7, 2017 



Value/Duration: 

$20,000 



Level of Study: 

Postdoctoral or has faculty appointment 



Required Legal Status: 

Ontario resident 



Results: 

November 2018 by agency 



* Applicants are to submit their application to their graduate unit 

or their supervisor’s affiliated graduate

unit, not the Graduate Awards Office (or the Dean of Graduate Studies as the COU announcement indicates). 

Purpose 


To honour of the achievement of John Charles Polanyi, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Ontario 

Government established a fund to provide John Charles Polanyi Prizes annually to up to five outstanding 

researchers or scholars who are in the early stages of their career and at Ontario universities. The prizes, each 

which is currently valued at $20,000, will be conferred in the fall of 2018. They are available in the areas of Physics, 

Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Economic Science, broadly defined. 

The John Charles Polanyi Prize is a prestigious award and The University of Toronto is well represented on the 

list of 

prize winners

.  It is our aim to remain successful in this competition and we continue to encourage graduate units to 

nominate their strongest, eligible candidates.   

Read about the 

2016 UofT Prize winners

, and past the UofT recipients of the 

2015 Polanyi Prize

2014 Polanyi Prize



 

and 


2013 Polanyi Prize

Eligibility to Apply 



To be eligible for an award, applicants must: 

1.

Be normally resident in Ontario;



2.

Have received their doctoral degree from any recognized university in the world on or after September 1,

2014, or, if the doctoral degree has not yet been awarded, be confident that they will have completed all

degree requirements by April 30, 2018 (an applicant who was 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);



 

3.  Either be planning to continue to post-doctoral studies, or hold a faculty appointment, in a recognized 

publically assisted university in Ontario. 



 

Nomination/Application Process 

All applicants must submit to the

ir graduate unit or their supervisor’s affiliated graduate unit 



an electronic copy of 

the following documents in a single PDF package by December 1, 2017

 

1.  The completed application form 

 attached, and available from Council of Ontario 



Universities’

 (COU) 


website:

 http://www.cou.on.ca/about/chairs-and-awards/john-charles-polanyi-prizes

 

2.  Curriculum vitae (no page restrictions), including information concerning the application. Updates to 

curriculum vitae will not be accepted after submission; 



3.  A summary of the doctoral thesis (1 page max, to be written by the applicant); 

4.  A statement of research (or writing) to be undertaken during the period of the award, prepared by the 

applicant (maximum of 2 pages, plus an additional 1 page for diagrams, bibliography, etc.); 



5.  A non-technical summary of research or scholarship, written by the applicant (maximum 500 words); 

6.  Confidential letters (on letterhead and signed) from four assessors (emailed directly to 

your unit’s 

graduate administrator before December 1, 2017).  



 

Two of the assessors must not have had any prior personal or professional association with the 

applicant (e.g., as supervisor or a member of the applicant’s supervisory community) and ideally are not 

at a university at which the applicant is, or has been, a student or an employee. 



 

Lett

ers should focus on an evaluation of the applicant’s research (or writing) to date, and the research 



(or writing) being undertaken.   



 

Assessors must read and comment on the statement of research (or writing) being submitted as part of 

the application.  



 

Note: 

Applicants do not need to obtain the Dean’s signature or endorsement when submitting the application. The 

Graduate Awards Office will provide this endorsement to those applications selected by SGS to put forth to COU. 

 

Contacts & Resources 



Please direct all questions regarding the John Charles Polanyi Prizes competition or nomination process to: 

Stacey Kwan 

Graduate Awards Officer (Provincial)

 

Phone: 416-978-2205 



staceym.kwan@utoronto.ca

 

SGS Polanyi Prizes webpage 



COU Inquiries 

Phone: 416-979-2165, extension 235 

ExecDirectorQA@cou.on.ca 

COU Polanyi Prizes webpage 



 


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