Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships

Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships recognize early-stage academic researchers in the natural sciences and engineering and support them to enhance their research capacity, so that they can become leaders in their field and inspire others. NSERC awards up to six McDonald Fellowships each year.

If your nomination is successful, you will receive a research grant of $250,000 over two years, held at a Canadian university or affiliated research institution. You will also be relieved from teaching and administrative duties so that you can devote your time and energy to research.


If you are an early-stage academic researcher, meaning that you have held an independent academic position for 10 years or less as of June 1 of the year of the competition and currently hold a grant from NSERC, you can prepare a nomination for this award.

An independent academic position is a position that:

  • is a university faculty appointment (adjunct, non-tenured or tenured)
  • requires that the researcher engage in research that is not under the direction of another individual
  • authorizes the researcher to supervise or co-supervise the research of students registered in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, or postdoctoral fellows

See Full Eligibility & Application Details

Agency Name: 
Contact Name: 
Sola Fasunwon
Grant Amount: 
$250,000 over 2yrs
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Internal Deadline: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Grant Eligibility: