On this page:General | Funding | Nomination | Internal Review Procedure | Standing Internal Review Committee | Evaluation Criteria | Minerva Appointment Form | Budget and Administration Guidelines | Awardees ||
|McGill Internal Awards||
William Dawson Scholars
James McGill Professors
|General|| In 2000, McGill created two internal recognition awards, namely the William Dawson Scholars and the James McGill Professors. Created in parallel with the federal Canada Research Chair (CRC) program, these McGill awards aimed to recognize the outstanding research contributions of tenure track and tenured academic staff members at the University. The names of the first award holders were announced 1 November 2000, and the awards took effect on 1 January 2001.
|Funding|| The William Dawson Scholar and the James McGill Professor awards include both:
The combined total of the salary stipend and research grant may not exceed $25,000. The award holder may decide how he/she wishes to receive the award. Salary stipends are normally selected at either $10,000 or $15,000, with the balance of the award being allocated to a research fund used for the research support for the award holder or his/her research team.
|Nomination Process||Nominations are submitted to the Associate Provost (Academic Priorities & Resource Allocation) jointly by the Dean and Chair/Director on behalf of the nominee.
All nominations will be subjected to an internal review process.
Particular consideration should be given to staff from the four following groups: women, persons with a disability, Indigenous peoples, and visible minorities.
The file submitted on behalf of the nominees should include:
Deadlines for submission of dossiers is 1 February.
|The Internal Review Procedure||The internal review of each submission, whether for the initial award or the renewal, will be carried out by the members of the full-time tenured academic community serving on the Standing Internal Review Committee with selected CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC-disciplinary expertise. This is the same committee that reviews the CRC applications in the current term. Renewals are not automatic but made following a review of the award holders’ activities during the preceding term of the award. For a favorable recommendation the Committee will consider not whether award holder achieved the expectations that gave rise to the initial award, but whether the award holder currently meets the standards for renewal of an equivalent CRC award (see CRC Guidelines).
The Standing Internal Review Committee will make a recommendation to the Provost & Vice-Principal (Academic), who will consider the Committee’s recommendation and decide whether to grant or renew the award, as applicable. Awardees will be notified of the PVPA’s decision by letter, with a copy to the Chair/Director and Dean.
A William Dawson Scholar who is promoted to full Professor in the first term of the award may not be renewed as William Dawson Scholar. There is no promotion from a William Dawson Scholarto a James McGill Professor. The staff member may be recommended for the higher level award by way of the same nomination process and will be subject to the same internal review as other candidates for that award.
|The Standing Internal Review Committee||
MembershipThe nominee’s file will be reviewed by the Standing Internal Review Committee (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) matched to the content expertise of the candidate.
The committee consists of the Associate Provost (Academic Priorities & Resource Allocations) and six tenured professors of the University chosen by the Associate Provost, in consultation with Deans, so as to ensure appropriate representation of Faculties and disciplines (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC). The Associate Provost (Policies, Procedures and Equity) is also a member of the committee as Equity adviser.
TermMembers are normally assigned staggered terms of two years each starting 1 September or 1 January.
|Minerva Appointment Form|| Once the PVPA's letter is issued confirming or renewing the award, a Minerva Appointment Form must be issued using the appropriate DJMP/JMP/WDS position code as indicated on the Award, Stipend and Other Payment Codes page.
Faculties and Departments are reminded that changes in academic stipends require prior approval by the Associate Provost (Academic Priorities & Resource Allocation).
|Budget and Administration Guidelines||
Research Allowance UsageThe research allowance can be used as follows:
End of Fiscal Year Balances and Top-Up PolicyTo ensure award holders make full use of the research allowance of the James McGill Professors and the William Dawson Scholars awards, if there is a balance in the research fund at the end of the fiscal year (i.e. April 30th), for the following fiscal year the award holder’s research fund will be topped-up with an research allocation which takes into account the unspent amount as follows.
|Awardees||See McGill's current James McGill Professors and William Dawson Scholars by visiting the Provost & Vice-Principal (Academic)'s Distinguished Professors portal webpage.|