Objective of the Award:

The award intends to acknowledge scholars in the early stages of their professional lives. The award is designed to recognize a colleague who has earned distinction for herself/himself and for King’s University College as a result of the outstanding characteristics and significance of their research. 

Criteria for the Award:

Faculty members are eligible if hired at King's as a full-time member at the Assistant Professor level. In addition, they must meet at least one of the following criteria: 

  1. have completed their highest degree no more than seven years before the annual competition deadline (only the date of completion of the first doctorate); or 
  2. have held a tenured or tenure-track post-secondary appointment for less than seven years; or 
  3. have held a post-secondary appointment, but never a tenure-track position (in the case of institutions that offer tenure-track positions); or 
  4. have had their careers significantly interrupted or delayed for health or family reasons within the past seven years. 

The following criteria will structure the committee’s definition of Excellence: 

  1. Quality of scholarly production as measured by peer-reviewed publications, or its impact on policy etc. 
  2. National and/or International recognition of the research 
  3. The influence and the impact of the research upon the field and related scholarship 
  4. The innovation and originality of the research 
  5. The impact of the work on the discipline I relation to the stage of the researcher’s career 
  6. Demonstration of exceptional promise for early career researchers 
  7. Sustained production of research 
  8. Dissemination and communication of research productivity through conferences and workshops 
  9. Mentorship and leadership in research excellence 
  10. Recognition of Research Excellence through external funding received from Tri-Council and other funding agencies 
  11. Participation in national and international research networks and collaboration. 
The Successful Nominee 
  • Must be outstanding in research and scholarship 
  • Must provide clear evidence of outstanding achievement in research and scholarship 
Nomination Process and Deadline: 

Each nomination package must be submitted by February 10th and include: 

  1. A one-page letter of nomination signed by the nominator and including a minimum of two additional signatures of other supporters, and including the rationale of why the nominee merits this award 
  2. Any other relevant documentation which provides direct evidence I support of the nomination beyond documentation require from the nominee 
  3. Upon receipt of the nomination packages, the Chair of FRAC will contact nominees to congratulate them on being nominated for an award and confirm with each nominee that she/he accepts the nomination. If the nominee accepts the nomination, the nominee will provide to the Chair of the Award Committee: 
    1. A cover letter (maximum 3-page letter) outlining outstanding achievements and evidence of excellence in research and scholarship with reference to the criteria 
    2. One external reviewer’s letter of support 
    3. CV 
    4. Any evidence that demonstrates research, creativity or scholarship excellence. 

Please submit nomination packages to Kathy.Mitchell@Kings.uwo.ca