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University Research Professor

(a) Memorial University of Newfoundland shall establish the position of University Research Professor.

(b) The appointments shall honour the leading scholars in the university and are made to encourage even greater scholarly achievements. Candidates will have a substantially superior and sustained academic record at the rank of full professor. These individuals must have demonstrated a consistently high level of scholarship, including graduate student supervision and other mentoring activities, and whose research is of a truly international stature.

(c) Designation of the title of University Research Professor shall be limited to those academic staff members (ASMs) at the rank of full Professor. In considering possible nominations, care should be given to the time interval since promotion to full professor. It is essential that nominees have sufficient time to acquire a superior and sustained record of academic performance at that level. ASMs currently holding research chairs (i.e. Canada Research Chairs) are excluded from this competition. Vice-Presidents and Deans are not eligible for nomination or application during their administrative terms.

(d) In the context of this award, research refers to peer-reviewed, adjudicated or equivalent research/scholarly work, including creative activity and performance. Separate awards have been established to recognize and honour distinguished teaching and exceptional community service.

(e) Up to two University Research Professorships shall be awarded annually. There shall be no obligation to recommend an award in the absence of suitably qualified candidates.

(f) The award carries with it the lifetime designation of University Research Professor and an unrestricted research grant for a period of five years. The latter award is to be used at the discretion of the recipient with the sole purpose of supporting future research.

(g) It is expected that University Research Professors will, at the very least, maintain the level of scholarship for which they were honoured.

(h) University Research Professors shall continue to engage in teaching duties but these will normally be reduced to allow more time for scholarly research.

(i) Nominations for University Research Professor may be made by any full-time ASM of the University and shall be co-sponsored by four other persons (internal or external) who are fully knowledgeable of the candidate's qualifications. Applications are also accepted but must be accompanied by five sponsors.

(j) Nominations or applications should be submitted to the Office of the Vice-President (Research), no later than November 30th. Unsuccessful candidates will be automatically reconsidered for one additional year. Those being reconsidered will have the opportunity to update their application/nomination.

(k) A selection committee, normally composed of seven members, shall be established and chaired by the Vice-President (Research). The mandate of this committee is to review nominations and applications, and to make recommendations to the President.

(l) Nominees will be adjudicated based upon the quality, excellence and impact of their research. The candidate’s national and international stature as assessed by their peers will form a vital piece of the overall selection.

Nominations or applications for a University Research Professorship should consist of the following documents:

1.  A one-page citation or appraisal of the candidate's research describing the candidate's contribution in a way easily understandable to those outside the discipline. This will be used for public announcements about the successful candidates as well as for a reminder to referees of the candidate's major contributions.

2.  A maximum of five (5) selected works of the nominee or applicant. These will be returned at the end of the adjudication process.

3.  The names of five external (preferably international) referees at the rank of full professor. The Committee shall be free to use these and other referees in seeking national and international appraisal of the candidate's scholarly record. The Committee may also seek any other opinion or advice as deemed appropriate.


It is your responsibility to ensure all contact information for your referees is complete and up to date. Incomplete or incorrect contact information could result in these referees receiving a late request, or not receiving it at all.


Do not recommend referees who:

  • Have collaborated with you or any member of your research team within the last six years;
  • Have published with you in the last six years;
  • Have had a personal relationship with you or with any member of your research team;
  • Are from the same institution – the five referees you suggest must be from five different institutions.

4.  A curriculum vitae using Memorial’s online template


Access to Information and Protection of Privacy The information on this form is collected under the authority of the Memorial University Act (RSNL 1990 Chapter M-7) and is needed for and will be used to assess the nomination or application for the President’s Award for Outstanding Research. If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information contact the Coordinator, Internal Grants, Office of Research Services, at 709-864-8638.

Edited October, 2012