Excellence in Research Award

The Faculty of Social Sciences’ Excellence in Research Award is granted to a member of the teaching personnel who has earned distinction for his or her unit and Faculty because of the importance and exceptional characteristics of his or her research work.


All regular professors in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Academic unit Chairs and Vice-Deans are excluded.

Nomination process

Each application must include the following elements:

  • A two- to four page statement written by the nominee describing his or her field of research and explaining his or her most important contributions to research (maximum of five contributions).
  • A CV
  • One confidential letter of recommendation supporting the application. This letter should come from an expert in the field of competence of the nominee who is not in conflict of interest (see below for an explanation). A letter from the University of Ottawa will not be accepted.
    • The letter should focus, among other things, on the quality of the candidate’s publications based on his or her career stage as well as his or her contributions to the field or discipline.
    • The author must indicate that there is no conflict of interest and that if he or she knows the candidate, under what circumstances and for how long.
    • The author should explain his or her ability to provide an objective assessment of the candidate’s accomplishments.
    • The letters should be addressed to Vice-Dean, Research, signed, printed on letterhead and sent directly by the author by e-mail to DoyenFSSDean@uottawa.ca by March 15.
  • A confidential letter from the candidate’s Director describing his or her contributions to the intellectual life and the development of the unit and the Faculty. The confidential letter, signed and written on letterhead is sent directly by the Director by email to DoyenFSSDean@uottawa.ca by March 15.
  • We encourage members of groups that are underrepresented in research to submit their candidacy and to self-identify according to their group or groups (women, Indigenous persons, racialized persons, persons living with a disability, members of the LGBTQi2S+ community) if you are comfortable doing so. As measure of equity, in the event of a tie between multiple applications, priority will be given to members of a group that is under-represented.

Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest may be deemed to exist or perceived as such when the experts:

  • are affiliated with the nominee’s institution;
  • have a personal link with the nominee (including, being a friend, parent, supervisor or student under his/her supervision);
  • have collaborated, published or shared funding with the nominee, in the last 7 years.


March 15 of every year.
If no candidates are submitted, the Dean and Vice-Deans will propose nominations. 

Submission Process

One PDF document comprising of the candidate’s statement and CV is sent by email to DoyenFSSDean@uottawa.ca

Selection Process

The Selection Committee is chaired by the Vice-Dean, Research, and composed of the members of the Faculty’s Research Committee.

Selection Criteria

  • quality of publications
  • contributions to the field or discipline
  • international stature
  • contributions to the intellectual life and the development of the unit and the Faculty
  • supervision of graduate students
  • unique characteristics of research


At the Dean's Brunch, the recipient will receive a commemorative plaque as well as a research assistantship and the amount of $2,500 in research funding.



Rebecca Tiessen
School of International Development and Global Studies


Jacqueline Best
Political Studies


Alexandra Gheciu
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs


Daniel Stockemer
School of Political Studies

Sanni Yaya
School of International Development and Global Studies


Elisa Romano
School of Psychology


Gilles Labelle
School of Political Studies


Claude Messier
School of Psychology


Tim Aubry
School of Psychology


Douglas Moggach
School of Political Studies


Linda Cardinal
School of Political Studies

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