SSHRC Aurora Prize
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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.
Nomination process: No direct nominations. No application
form. The top-ranked new scholars from the Insight Development Grants
competition will be nominated for the prize.
- Winner announced: Fall 2012
The value of the prize is $25,000. The funds can only be used for research,
training or other academic activities.
SSHRC will automatically consider for the Aurora Prize all successful
applicants (principal investigators) who applied as new scholars in the
Insight Development Grants competition.
The recipient of the Aurora Prize will be a researcher in the early
stages of his or her career who:
- has demonstrated excellence, originality and talent in research;
- has proposed an innovative and compelling program of research that
has the potential to enrich Canadian society, including Canada's intellectual
and cultural life; and
- has demonstrated exceptional ability and commitment in communicating
the results of his or her research to both the academic and other communities
(taking into account the norms of the field of study).
Each of the Insight Development Grants adjudication committees will review
all successful applications in the new scholar category and, in accordance
with the evaluation criteria outlined above, will nominate the top-ranked
candidate. A high-level multidisciplinary committee made up of leading scholars will choose the prize winner from among the nominees.
The recipient of the Aurora Prize must comply with the regulations set out in the Tri‑Agency Financial Administration Guide.
The SSHRC Aurora Prize winner must agree to allow SSHRC to use his or
her photograph to promote the awards and other SSHRC initiatives. The
winner must also agree to participate fully in all award activities, including
media conferences, ceremonies, receptions and other related events.
If you have any questions about the SSHRC Aurora Prize, please contact:
Research Training Portfolio
350 Albert Street
PO Box 1610
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4