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Canada Council for the Arts - 2024 Molson Prize

Award NameMolson Prize
AgencyCanada Council for the Arts
Drafts for MAAC Review08-24-2023
Agency deadline10-01-2023

If you are planning to submit a nomination, please contact Sherri Kogan at to discuss how the SIRI team can support you. Review by the Major Awards Advisory Committee is available if nominees adhere to the deadlines below. SIRI will also support all institutional nominations. 


Molson Prizes are awarded annually to distinguished individuals to encourage continuing contributions to the cultural and intellectual heritage of Canada. 

Nominees are assessed on: 

  • Merit (50%) 
    • Quality of their overall career achievements 
    • International stature, where appropriate 
  • Impact (50%) 
    • The scope of the candidate’s contributions to the cultural or intellectual heritage of Canada, taking into account the context of their artistic discipline or academic field of study 
    • Evidence of the candidate’s outstanding commitment, creativity and effort to share research and knowledge beyond the artistic or academic community 
    • The influence of the candidate and their work on enriching and evolving current thinking and practice in their area of expertise 
    • The candidate’s contributions towards a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive society 

Two prizes are awarded each year, one in the arts and one in the social sciences and humanities. 



Candidates must be nominated by one nominator: either an individual or an organization. Anyone or any organization with an interest in, and capacity for, nominating appropriate individuals is eligible to do so. 


Candidates must be nominated for the award. To be nominated, candidates must have made a substantial and distinguished contribution over a significant period and still be active and productive in their career. They must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, as defined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. They do not need to be residing in Canada. A person may only be nominated in one category for one competition. 

Required Materials
  • Letter of nomination (2 pages maximum)
  • Biography of the candidate (1 page maximum)
  • Candidate’s current curriculum vitae (10 pages maximum)
  • Letters of support from experts in the field (3 letters maximum)
  • Written support items (e.g., articles, reviews, commentaries and promotional items) from independent external sources (3 maximum, up to 4 pages each)

How to Apply

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at