Internal Review Process

All nominations are assessed by the Standing Internal Review Committee (SIRC) with expertise in the nominee’s field (i.e., CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC). This is the same committee that reviews CRC nominations in the current academic term. The current membership is available here.

The SIRC will make a recommendation to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) who shall consider this recommendation to reach a final decision about granting or renewing an award.

Criteria for evaluation include:

  • the nominee’s record of research dissemination and impact;
  • HQP training record; and
  • promise for sustained success and growth as a top-tier researcher in the nominee’s discipline.

 

For James McGill Professors and for Distinguished James McGill Professors

For William Dawson Scholars

The file must demonstrate that the nominee:

  • is an outstanding and original researcher of world-class caliber and leader in his or her field;
  • has successfully attracted, and continues to attract, excellent trainees, students and future researchers to the university or affiliated institute; and
  • is carrying out a program of research that is producing leading-edge results that are making a significant impact at the international level.

The file must demonstrate that the nominee:

  • is developing into an outstanding and original researcher of world-class caliber who is poised to become a leader in his or her field.

 

The SIRC will assess applications where candidates have had leaves causing career interruptions, accounting for the candidate’s career stage. Safeguards will be in place to ensure this information is considered equitably and treated confidentially.

Award decisions are typically communicated to nominees and their Department Chair/Director and Dean by mid-April of each year.

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