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The Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research

The Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research celebrates extraordinary and inspiring individuals who have devoted their career to natural science research and have demonstrated leadership and mentorship in the Canadian North.

The recipient will join a distinguished cohort deserving of recognition for their significant contribution and broad impact on the northern natural science community.

This prestigious award and designation includes a prize of over $100,000: $50,000 cash, $50,000 to support a postdoctoral fellow of the recipient’s choice, and additional funds intended for First Nations and Inuit engagement.

Nominations for the Prize are currently closed. Thank you to everyone for their submissions.

To nominate someone for the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research, please visit the CNST online application site.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominees must be presently active in and demonstrate a sustained program of northern research in the natural sciences.
  • Posthumous or self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • An individual may win the Prize only once, and may not win the Prize if they are sitting on the Adjudication Committee.
  • Nominees must be citizens or permanent residents of Canada, for five years, at the time of nomination.

Nomination Process

Nominations may be made by an individual or group of individuals. Only nomination forms submitted through the website will be accepted. Please note that you cannot save your work in the forms provided. Once your application is submitted, you will receive an application number, for your reference.

The following is required when submitting a nomination for the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research: 

  1. Nomination Letter (up to five pages), which must provide:
    • the name, current position, and affiliation of the nominee and of the person(s) submitting the nomination;
    • description of the nominee’s contributions to northern research, including advancement and application of knowledge in her/his field o indication of the significance of the nominee’s lifetime contributions and how they relate to one or more of the following:
    – implications of the research for public policy or management
    – involvement with and impacts on northern communities
    – integration of natural and social sciences concerned with the north
    – commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative research
    – consideration of indigenous knowledge
  2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae.  This should be obtained from the nominee and be in one of the standard NSERC/SSHRC/CIHR formats
  3.  Letters of support from as many as five, arm’s length referees solicited by the nominator(s)
    • May include former (>5 years) students or colleagues
    • May include academic, government and industry staff and administration; community members; colleagues
    •Letters of support must be dated and signed, and include the following:
    – referee’s name, position, affiliation, e-mail address and telephone number
    – nominee’s name and the period of time and capacity in which the referee has known the nominee.
    – overall assessment of the nominee’s accomplishments and impact in their northern research

Nominations will be reviewed based on the significance and impact of each candidate’s contribution to northern research. A distinguished committee with extensive experience in the North will review the nominations and recommend the Prize winner. Please note that the applications are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary committee; technical language should be kept to a minimum. The award recipient will be identified in the summer of 2017, with the Prize awarded in the fall at a special ceremony. Only the successful candidate will be notified. The successful candidate must be willing to personally attend an award ceremony as well as speaking or press engagements as required.