In honour of the achievement of John Charles Polanyi, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Government of the Province of Ontario has established a fund to provide annually up to five (5) prizes to outstanding researchers in the early stages of their careers who are continuing to postdoctoral studies or have recently started a faculty appointment at an Ontario university. The John Charles Polanyi Prizes are available in the areas broadly defined as Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature and Economic Science.
The Prize may be held along with any other financial support or research funds received by the winner
Timelines and Deadlines
Deadlines are set by COU and each institution is allowed to submit up to three (3) applications per prize area:
October 1st – Competition opens and application is available
December 1st – Application deadline for students to submit to SGPS
January 31st – Institutional deadline to submit nominations to COU
Any person who is planning to continue to postdoctoral studies (or has a faculty appointment) in a recognized Ontario university who meets the following criteria may apply for one of the prizes:
(i) is normally resident in Ontario and has completed or is near completion of doctoral studies in any recognized university in the world, or has completed or is nearing completion of doctoral studies in an Ontario university; and
(ii) has received the doctoral degree between September 1, 2011 and April 30, 2015, or if the doctoral degree has not yet been awarded, will have completed all the requirements for the doctoral degree by April 30, 2015. 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 assist the recipients in their research and professional development.
The prizes may be held along with any other financial support or research funds received by the winners.
It is hoped that the prizes will be conferred by September, 2015. No prize will be awarded without the successful applicant having completed all requirements for the doctoral degree