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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
May 28, 2016

Canadian Excellence


Internal Grants and Awards

University Research Professor

Charity Parr-Vasquez

published: 2014 | Procedure | grant application

University Research Professor

Nominations due September 30


The position of University Research Professor was created:

1. to recognize and reward a continuous record of outstanding scholarship or creativity by a full-time member of the Laurier faculty

2. to enable an accomplished scholar or composer to complete a major program or piece of research

3. to emphasize the importance of research at Laurier and to highlight and promote the achievements of our outstanding scholars.


Applicants must have achieved a continuous record of scholarly excellence over an extended period of time as exemplified by receiving external grants, publishing in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, having books or monographs published by scholarly presses, presenting invited lectures at scholarly conferences, and/or receiving scholarly honours.

Given the high standards of achievement necessary to apply for this position, an award may not be made every year. A successful applicant cannot apply for the position until ten years have elapsed since the previous application.

Note: Faculty members may not apply directly for this award; they must be nominated. Department Appointment and Promotion Committees should, annually, review eligible candidates in the home department, and promote the nomination of colleagues. Similarly, Chairs and Deans should actively encourage nominations within the home academic unit.

The Award

The University Research Professor is administered by the Research Office. The award providesa$10,000 research grant and a two course remission.

The University Research Professor will be honoured at Fall Convocation with a citation which highlights the scholarly accomplishments of the recipient, as well as his or her research agenda for the year of the award. The recipient will be permanently recognized in the University Calendars, and on a plaque.


Deadline Procedures
September 30

The nominator(s) must submit to the Vice-President: Research via a brief statement of support and rationale as to why the nominee is a candidate.

The Vice-President: Research will inform the nominee and determine whether he or she wishes to be considered in the forthcoming competition.

October 30

If the nominee agrees, then he or she mustsubmit 1 hard copy and 1 electronic copy (to of the following information to the Vice-President: Research:

a current CV;

1 page abstract summarizing the statement of achievement and proposed research

2 page statement of achievement
a detailed research proposal (including the objectives, scope, location, funding available, and proposed schedule of research), maximum 6 pages, 12 point font
the names of at least five (5) senior external referees who could comment on the career record of the nominee, as well as on the scholarly merit and feasibility of the proposed project(s)The Office of Research Services will contact referees in the order provided by the applicant to obtain three (3) references.

December 15 The Office of Research Services will send a copy of the completeapplication to the candidate's Dean (or equivalent)
January 15

The Dean (or equivalent), if supportive, will write a letter of support indicating whether the individual can be granted two course releases and outlining why the applicant merits this honour. Letters of support are to be sent to the Vice-President: Research (

January 30 The Vice-President: Research will select and chair an ad hoc interdisciplinary sub-committee of the WLU Grants Committee.

The Committee will review all applications and will submit a recommendation to the Vice-President: Research. This recommendation should indicate the reasons for the decision.
April 1 All applicants are to be notified of the decision by the Vice President: Research.

NOTE: The research grant will be provided for one year, with an end date of November 1 of the year subsequent to the award. A


The University Research Professor will submit a final report to the Vice-President: Research. This two to three page report should outline the tasks completed, including the papers written, presented or published during the year as University Research Professor. The report should be submitted by November 1 following the year of the award.

Retention of Documentation for Subsequent URP Applications

If an applicant is not successful in a given year, the documentation will be kept on file for up to two years for use in a subsequent competition. However, the re-application can be revised, as necessary.

revised Oct 29/15

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