UBC Distinguished University Scholars (DUS) Call for Nominations

Program Link: www.academic.ubc.ca/awards-funding/funding-opportunities/distinguished-university-scholar-program

Sponsor: The Office of the Provost & VP Academic

Value: Stipend of $20,000 for each of 5 years, plus one-time research support of $20,000

Description: The University has once again disseminated a call for nominees for its Distinguished University Scholar program. The DUS program recognizes UBC faculty who have distinguished themselves as exceptional scholars. The award is conferred by the President on the recommendation of an adjudication panel. The term of the appointment starts July 1, 2021 and DUS appointees receive a stipend of $20,000 for each of 5 years, plus one-time research support of $20,000.

The DUS funding is for a 5-year term, with potential for renewal once. The DUS title continues to be held by the Distinguished University Scholar as long as the scholar is a tenured member of faculty at the University. Up to 10 new Distinguished University Scholars will be conferred in each adjudication round every 2 years.

Please note that a Canada Research Chair holder cannot be nominated for DUS, except where the CRC term would end prior to the start date of the DUS appointment. Also, if a DUS is nominated for University Killam Professor and is successful, the UKP funding takes precedence and any DUS funding would be returned.

The Faculty of Education is permitted to submit two nominees, and in order to meet the March 5 competition deadline the Faculty’s Office of Research in Education (ORE) will facilitate an internal selection process, as it has with previous DUS competitions. A committee (comprising the Dean, Senior Associate Dean, Associate Dean for Research and a current Distinguished University Scholar) will adjudicate files and ORE will communicate with the nominee(s) prior to the March 5 deadline so dossiers may be finalized for submission by the Dean’s Office.

With this in mind, the following documentation must be emailed to Robert Olaj in ORE by February 1:

  • A brief description prepared by the nominee describing current work and in particular scholarly plans for the next five years (max. 1-2 pages).
  • The nominee’s current UBC CV.
  • Three letters of reference from arms-length referees commenting on the scholarly excellence of the nominee. Referees should email Robert Olaj their letters directly. Letters must be signed, dated and on letterhead.
  • A brief description of each referee
  • A short description of the international stature of journals or publishers or other outlets for dissemination in the nominee’s field

Please visit the Distinguished University Scholar website for additional information on the selection criteria and a list of Distinguished University Scholars.

Deadline to email Robert Olaj in ORE the requisite documentation outlined in the call.


Note: Referee letters should be emailed directly to Robert Olaj in ORE.

Contact: If you have any questions, contact Robert Olaj.