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Research Awards

Awards, Prizes and Fellowships

Our role is to highlight opportunities for international scholars to work with TRU faculty and students and to assist TRU faculty to gain recognition for their excellence in research through the receipt of internal and external prestigious awards, prizes and honours. 

External Awards

Fulbright Canada

Deadline: September 15

Thompson Rivers University signed a memorandum of understanding with Fulbright Canada to establish an annual visiting research chair position. The Fulbright Chair will bring leading United States scholars, scientists, practitioners and leaders to TRU to build new synergies and research partnerships with Canadian colleagues. The Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America (Fulbright Canada) has a mandate to enhance mutual understanding between the people of the two countries through supporting outstanding individuals who conduct research, lecture or study in the other country. Each year, under the terms of the agreement, TRU will host a leading US scholar to work with TRU faculty and students in a research area important to the university and to the communities it serves.

Current opportunity: TRU is recruiting an Indigenous scholar to support TRU’s world-class research in wildfire management, climate change and Indigenous land-use practices. For more information, please visit Fulbright Canada.

Internal Awards

Annual Merit Awards

Awards for Excellence in Research and Scholarship

Deadline: February 15

The Award for Excellence in Scholarship recognizes excellence in research, scholarly activity or the production of creative works over a sustained period of time that represents a significant contribution to the field of inquiry. Award winners will have a record of consistent dissemination of results, will have successfully competed for external funds, and share their enthusiasm for new knowledge creation through the supervision of students, development of new courses, programs, or teaching innovations, collaborations with other faculty members at TRU, and/or community partners. 

Submit complete nomination package electronically to research@tru.ca

Distinguished Scholar Award (formerly TRU Master Scholar Award)

Deadline: February 15

This award recognizes the highest achievement in scholarship, achieved over a career. It recognizes TRU scholars:

  • Whose research has had a significant impact,
  • Who have an established international reputation of excellence in research, scholarship, invention or the production of creative works [referred to as “research”],
  • Who have made a demonstrated and significant contribution toward the training of highly qualified people through the mentorship and supervision of undergraduate students, and graduate students if applicable, and
  • Who have enhanced the reputation of TRU through their contribution to research.

Submit complete nomination package electronically to research@tru.ca

Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

Deadline: February 15

This award recognizes demonstrated excellence in mentoring undergraduate researchers over a sustained period of time. This award:

  • celebrates a faculty member who actively mentors undergraduates in research—someone who helps undergraduate students to explore, in quire and engage in new knowledge creation by providing meaningful guidance and support,
  • Recognizes a continuous long-term commitment to undergraduate student research.

Submit complete nomination package electronically to research@tru.ca

Graduate Research Mentor Award

Deadline: February 15

This award recognizes demonstrated excellence mentoring graduate student researchers over a sustained period of time. This award is conferred upon a faculty member:

  • who has mentored graduate students for more than three years,
  • who demonstrates a continuous, long-term commitment to graduate student research, and
  • who provides exemplary opportunities for graduate students to pursue independent research to the creation of new knowledge, ideas, and practices. 

Submit complete nomination package electronically to research@tru.ca

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