Professor Jeffrey McDonnell was awarded the Dooge Medal, the International Hydrology
Prize, in 2016 at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.


Listed below are some major national and international awards and recognitions. For further information on competitions that may be relevant to your research or to the research of your colleagues, please contact the Faculty Awards and Recognition Specialist.

Open To All Disciplines

Alexander von Humboldt Research Award

The Alexander von Humboldt Research Award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire acheivements to date, honouring academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.

Balzan Prizes

The Balzan Prizes, awarded by the Italian/Swiss International Balzan Foundation, are chosen in two general subject areas: Literature, Moral Sciences and the Arts; and the Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences and Medicine. The four Balzan Prizes, two per category, are awarded to scholars, artists and scientists who have distinguished themselves in their fields on an international level.

Fulbright Awards

Fulbright awards are open to Canadian scholars in all fields and are designed to enable emerging and established scholars to conduct research, teach, or undertake a combination of both activities for one semester or a full academic year at any university or research center of their choice in the United States.

Killam Prizes

Killam Prizes honour distinguished Canadian scholars working in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, and engineering. These awards are some of the most prestigious research prizes in Canada.  

Killam Research Fellowships

Killam Research Fellowships provide support to scholars of exceptional ability who are engaged in research projects of broad significance and widespread interest. The fellowships provide two years of release time from teaching and administrative duties.

Royal Society of Canada - Awards

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) awards prestigious medals in a number of disciplines to its fellowship. 

Royal Society of Canada - College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists

The Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists are Canadians and Permanent Residents who, at an early stage in their career, have demonstrated a high level of achievement. The criteria for election is excellence, and membership is for seven years. Up to 100 Members may be elected each year.

Royal Society of Canada - Fellowships

The Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada is comprised of distinguished researchers, scholars, and artists who have made remarkable contributions to their discipline.

Health Sciences

Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Awards

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) is a registered charity that works to represent and support the mandates of Canada's medical faculties - research, medical eduation, and clinical care. The association offers a variety of awards that celebrate achievements in medical research and education.

Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Fellowships

Fellows elected to the Academy have demonstrated leadership, creativity, distinctive competencies, and a commitment to advancing the academic health sciences. 

CIHR Gold Leaf Prizes

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Gold Leaf Prizes celebrate achievements across all pillars of research (biomedical, clinical, health services and policy, and population and public health) and are awarded every two years.

Canada Gairdner International Awards

Canada Gairdner International Awards recognize outstanding biomedical scientists who have made original contributions to medicine with the goal of contributing through research to increased understandings of human biology and disease. 

Canada Gairdner Wightman Award

The Canada Gairdner Wightman Award is given to a scientist who has demonstrated outstanding national leadership in medicine and medical science in Canada. 

Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research

The award, announced each spring, supports an annual fall lecture or series of lectures by a worthy and accomplished speaker of international stature on topics related to the advancement of health research and its evolving contribution to society. 

L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science

The L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science aims to improve the position of women in science by recognizing outstanding women researchers who have contributed to scientific progress. The awards are a result of a partnership between the French cosmetics company L'Oréal and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Manning Innovation Awards

Manning Innovation Awards are awarded by the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation to recognize and encourage innovation in Canada.

Humanities, Social Sciences & Fine Arts

Canadian Association of Geographers Awards

The Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) funds several awards for outstanding researchers in Canadian geography. Nominees must be current members of the CAG, except in the case of the Award for Geography in the Service of Government or Business.

Folger Institute Fellowships

Each year, the Folger Institute awards five long-term and several dozen short-term fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. 

Guggenheim Fellowships

Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to exceptional midcareer scholars and creative artists. 

Holberg Prize

The Holberg Prize is awarded annually to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social sciences, law or theology - either within these fields or through interdisciplinary work. The prizewinner must have had a decisive influence on international research.

Huntington Fellowships

Huntington Fellowships support high-quality research that advances scholarship in the humanities and makes use of The Huntington Library's extensive archival and rare book collections. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at The Huntington and to participate in, and make a contribution to, its intellectual life.

Molson Prizes

Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes are awarded annually to distinguished individuals (one in the arts and one in the social sciences and humanities). The prizes are intended to encourage continuing contributions to the cultural and intellectual heritage of Canada.

National Humanities Center Fellowships

The National Humanities Center offers fellowships for advanced study in the humanities. In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects.

SSHRC Impact Awards

The SSHRC Impact Awards recognize outstanding researchers and celebrate their achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities funded partially or completely by SSHRC. They include the Gold Medal, the Talent Award, the Insight Award, the Connection Award, and the Partnership Award. 

Trudeau Foundation Fellowships

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowship offers sustained support to intellectuals who are recognized for their productivity, their commitment to communicating their findings to the public, and their ability to devise innovative solutions to some of the major issues facing our society.

Science and Engineering

Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science

The Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science recognizes outstanding contributions to basic research that uses lasers to advance our knowledge of the fundamental physical properties of materials and their interaction with light.

Blue Planet Prize

The Blue Planet Prize is an award presented to individuals or organizations in recognition of outstanding achievements in scientific research on global environmental problems. The Prize is offered in the hopes of encouraging efforts to bring about the healing of the Earth’s fragile environment.

Brockhouse Canada Prize

The Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering recognizes outstanding Canadian teams of researchers from different disciplines who produced a record of excellent achievements in the natural sciences and engineering in the last six years.

Canadian Association of Physicists Medals

Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) recognizes achievements across many branches of research in physics.

Canadian Mathematical Society Awards

The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) awards include the Jeffery-Williams Prize to recognize mathematicians who have made outstanding contributions to mathematical research, and the Krieger-Nelson Prize to recognize outstanding research by a female mathematician.

Canadian Society of Zoologists Awards

The Canadian Society of Zoologists recognizes excellence in research. Many prizes and awards are given every year by the Zoological Education Trust (ZET) and the sections, members of the Society and CSZ.

Chemical Institute of Canada Awards

The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) recognizes outstanding contributions to research in the chemical sciences and engineering. 

Eni Award

The Eni Award recognizes outstanding advances in renewable energy research.

E. W. R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Up to six Steacie Fellowships are awarded annually to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising scientists and engineers at Canadian universities.

Geological Association of Canada

The Geological Association of Canada funds numerous awards, including national awards, divison and section awards, and service awards.

IUPAC - Richter Prize

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry - Richter Prize is awarded to an internationally recognized scientist, preferably a medicinal chemist, whose activities or published accounts have made an outstanding contribution to the practice of medicinal chemistry or to an outstanding example of new drug discovery.

J. Tuzo Wilson Medal

The J. Tuzo Wilson Medal is given annually to recognize scientists who make outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge in any research area of the Canadian Geophysical Union (i.e., Solid Earth, Biogeosciences, Geodesy, Hydrology, or Earth Surface Processes). 

L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science

The L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science aims to improve the position of women in science by recognizing outstanding women researchers who have contributed to scientific progress. The awards are a result of a partnership between the French cosmetics company L'Oréal and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Manning Innovation Awards

Manning Innovation Awards are awarded by the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation to recognize and encourage innovation in Canada.

Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education

The Engineers Canada Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education recognizes an exemplary contribution to the teaching and learning of the engineering profession at Canadian universities. This award has the objective of encouraging excellence in the current teaching of engineering.

NSERC Prizes

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) celebrates research excellence with a wide range of prizes.

Ramon Margalef Prize

The Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology is awarded annually to recognize an exceptional scientific career or discovery in the field of ecology or other envrionmental science. It is open to ecologists from anywhere in the world.

Sloan Research Fellowships

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers.

Society of Toxicology of Canada Awards

The Society of Toxicology of Canada (STC)'s V. E. Henderson Award honours an individual who has made a significant contribution to the discipline of toxicology in Canada. Their Gabriel L. Plaa Award of Distinction recognizes those individuals who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to the science of toxicology in Canada and/or the Society of Toxicology of Canada.

Steacie Prize

The Steacie Prize is named in memory of E.W.R. Steacie, a physical chemist and former President of the National Research Council of Canada, to whom much is owed for the development of science in Canada. The Prize is awarded annually to a young scientist or engineer in Canada.

Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement is the premier award for environmental science, environmental health and energy conferring great benefit upon humankind.

Volvo Environment Prize

Established in 1988, the Volvo Environment Prize has become one of the scientific world’s most respected environmental prizes. It is awarded for "Outstanding innovations or scientific discoveries which in broad terms fall within the environmental field." Laureates represent all fields of environmental and sustainability studies and initiatives.