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The John Charles Polanyi Prizes


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 prizes to outstanding researchers in the early stages of their career who are continuing to post–doctoral studies or have recently started a faculty appointment at an Ontario university.

Value and Duration

  • $20,000 per prize



  • December 1

How to Apply


  • Completed application form
  • Curriculum vitae, including information concerning the application. Updates to the CV will not be accepted after submission
  • A brief summary of the doctoral thesis (1 page singled sided, written by the applicant)
  • A statement of research (or writing) to be undertaken during the period of the award (maximum of 2 pages single-sided, plus an additional 1 page for diagrams, bibliography, etc., to be prepared by the applicant)
  • A non–technical summary (maximum 500 words, written by the applicant)
  • Confidential letters from four assessors. These should focus on an evaluation of the applicant’s research (or writing) to date, and the research (or writing) being undertaken. The applicant must ask for the appraisals to be transmitted electronically directly to the Scholarship & Awards Coordinator. Two of the assessors must not have been associated with the candidate as either a supervisor, or a member of the applicant’s supervisory committee, or a co–author and should preferably be from another university.


  • Assemble and submit a complete electronic application to the Scholarship Coordinator 
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted under any circumstances


  • If you require further assistance, please contact our Scholarship & Awards Coordinator by visiting our FGS Staff Directory.