University Research Scholar

Nomination deadline: Dec. 1, 2023

The award of University Research Scholar honours members of the active faculty complement of the University of New Brunswick (UNB) who have demonstrated a consistently high level of scholarship, and whose research is, or has the potential to be, of international stature.

Those holding formal research chairs; retired faculty members (including Professor Emeriti) and Honorary Research Associates cannot be nominated for this award. Vice-Presidents and Deans are not eligible for nomination during their administrative terms.

Normally, no more than two University Research Scholar awards shall be made in one year and the term of the award shall be for a period of up to three years exclusive of any intervening period of approved leave. Individuals whose designation has expired are eligible for re-nomination.

The award shall carry no additional salary, but a grant of $7,500 per year will be provided to assist with activities indicated in the project plan submitted at the time of nomination. University Research Scholars shall continue to engage in teaching duties but can make use of the grant to arrange teaching reductions.

The awards will be presented at ceremonies, one at UNB Fredericton and one at UNB Saint John, in early Spring 2024.

A recommendation for the nomination of an eligible researcher shall be made in writing to the appropriate academic dean in a letter signed by five members of one or more faculties by Dec. 1, 2023. When the dean receives a recommendation, they will request that the nominated individual submit a project plan of up to three pages indicating the proposed research activities which would be undertaken during the period of the award.

Nominations shall be made by the appropriate academic dean to the Vice-President (Research) by Dec. 15 of each year. The nomination by the dean shall include the rationale for the nomination. It shall outline the nominee's research accomplishments to date, the stage of their career, the significance of the proposed research for both the individual and the wider academic community, the nominee's potential to develop new knowledge, and the ways in which additional time for research would greatly benefit the nominee's research program.

The nomination should include a full curriculum vitae of the nominee (including one letter of reference external to UNB and familiar with the nominee's research), the project plan of proposed research activities prepared by the nominee, and a one-page citation, to be used for public relations purposes, describing the nominee's contributions to research.

Nominations can be emailed to or sent by campus mail to Office of the Vice-President (Research), Attn: Amanda Manuel.