Previous Winners (Archived)
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The annual Impact Awards recognize the highest achievements in SSHRC-funded research, knowledge mobilization and scholarship, as well as the highest achievements resulting from a SSHRC fellowship awarded.
Gold Medal ($100,000)
SSHRC’s highest honour, the prestigious Gold Medal is given to individuals whose sustained leadership, dedication and originality of thought have inspired students and colleagues alike.
- 2015: Janet Werker, The University of British Columbia
- 2014: Beverley Diamond, Memorial University of Newfoundland
- 2013: Barry Smit, University of Guelph
Talent Award ($50,000)
The Talent Award recognizes outstanding research achievement and career potential from a SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship holder.
- 2015: Jeremy Schmidt, Carleton University
- 2014: Kirk Luther, Memorial University of Newfoundland
- 2013: Hadley Friedland, University of Alberta
Insight Award ($50,000)
SSHRC’s Insight Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual or team whose project has made a significant contribution to knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world.
- 2015: David Lyon, Queen's University
- 2014: Thomas Lemieux, The University of British Columbia
- 2013: Marguerite MacKenzie, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Connection Award ($50,000)
The Connection Award recognizes an outstanding SSHRC funded initiative to facilitate the flow and exchange of research knowledge within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community.
- 2015: Stephen Gaetz, York University
- 2014: Nico Trocmé, McGill University
- 2013: Michael Geist, University of Ottawa
Partnership Award ($50,000)
The Partnership Award recognizes a SSHRC-funded formal partnership for its outstanding achievement in advancing research, research training or knowledge mobilization, or developing a new partnership approach to research and/or related activities.
- 2015: Susan McGrath, York University
- 2014: Wendy Craig, Queen's University
- 2013: George Nicholas, Simon Fraser University
SSHRC Gold Medal for Achievement in Research ($100,000)
The SSHRC Gold Medal for Achievement in Research is the Council’s highest research honour. It is awarded to an individual whose leadership, dedication, and originality of thought have significantly advanced understanding in his or her field of research, enriched Canadian society, and contributed to the country's cultural and intellectual life.
- 2012: Shana Poplack, University of Ottawa
- 2011: Constance Backhouse, University of Ottawa
- 2010: J.R. (Jim) Miller, University of Saskatchewan
- 2009: Jean-Jacques Nattiez, Université de Montréal
- 2008: Ian Hacking, University of Toronto
- 2007: Margaret Lock, McGill University
- 2006: Andrée Lajoie, Université de Montréal
- 2005: Richard Lipsey, Simon Fraser University
- 2004: Alex Michalos, University of Northern British Columbia
- 2003: Charles Taylor, McGill University
SSHRC Aurora Prize ($25,000)
The SSHRC Aurora Prize recognizes an outstanding new scholar who is building a reputation for exciting and original research in the social sciences or humanities.
- 2012: Justin Piché, University of Ottawa
- 2011: James Stewart, The University of British Columbia
- 2010: Alan Durston, York University
- 2009: Sylvia Fuller, The University of British Columbia
- 2008: Anthony Glinoer, University of Toronto
- 2007: Vinh-Kim Nguyen, Université de Montréal
- 2006: Diane Conrad, University of Alberta
- 2005: Jill Scott, Queen's University
- 2004: Michael Atkinson, McMaster University
- 2003: Darin Barney, University of Ottawa
SSHRC Postdoctoral Prize ($10,000)
The SSHRC Postdoctoral Prize is awarded each year to the most outstanding SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship recipient.
- 2012: Kate Galloway, Memorial University of Newfoundland
- 2011: May Chazan, University of Toronto
- 2010: Owen Ware, University of Toronto
- 2009: Bruce Maxwell, Université de Montréal
- 2008: Sarah Desmarais, The University of British Columbia
- 2007: Richard G. Delisle, Université de Montréal
- 2006: Kirsty Robertson, Goldsmiths College, University of London
- 2005: Valerie Henitiuk, Columbia University
SSHRC William E. Taylor Fellowship ($5,000)
The William E. Taylor Fellowship is awarded each year to the most outstanding SSHRC doctoral award recipient.
- 2012: Douglas Hunter, York University
- 2011: Agnès Blais, Université Laval
- 2010: Jean-François Bissonnette, University of Toronto
- 2009: Erin Soros, University of East Anglia
- 2008: Katherine Madjidi, University of Toronto
- 2007: Abninder Litt, Stanford University
- 2006: Mingjun Lu, University of Toronto
- 2005: Michael Levi, Kings College London
- 2004: Dwight Newman, University of Oxford
Molson Prize ($50,000)
Each year, the Canada Council for the Arts, in conjunction with SSHRC, awards two $50,000 prizes to distinguished Canadians, one in the arts and the other in the social sciences and humanities. Funded by a $1 million endowment from the Molson Family Foundation, the Molson Prizes honour Canadians who have made important contributions to Canada’s cultural and intellectual heritage.
- 2012: Keren Rice, University of Toronto
- 2011: Peter Victor, York University
- 2010: Linda Hutcheon, University of Toronto
- 2009: Wayne Sumner, University of Toronto
- 2008: Angus McLaren, University of Victoria
- 2007: Paul Thagard, University of Waterloo
- 2006: Henry Mintzberg, McGill University
- 2005: Ramsay Cook, University of Toronto
- 2004: Richard Tremblay, Université de Montréal
- 2003: Janice Gross Stein, University of Toronto
- 2002: Margaret Lock, McGill University
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