Young Researcher Award

The Faculty of Social Sciences’ Young Researcher of the Year Award is presented annually to a member of the teaching staff who has earned distinction for his or her unit and Faculty as a result of the importance and exceptional characteristics of his or her research work.


To be admissible, the nominee must hold a full-time tenured or tenure-track position at the Faculty. And at the time of nomination, the nominee must have completed at least two years, but no more than seven years as a full-time professor.

Nomination Process

Nominations are submitted by at least one member of the teaching staff of the Faculty of Social Science and supported by the candidate’s unit Director.

Each application must include the following elements

  • A 2 to 4 page statement by the nominee describing his field of research and explaining his most important contributions to research (up to a maximum of 5 contributions).
  • A CV
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation supporting the application. These letters should come from experts in the field of competence of the nominee who are not in conflict of interest (see below for an explanation). Letters from the University of Ottawa will not be accepted.
    • Letters should focus, among other things, on the quality of the candidate’s publications based on his career stage as well as his contributions to the field or discipline.
    • The author must indicate that there is no conflict of interest and that 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 the Vice-Dean, Research, signed, printed on letterhead and sent directly by the author by e-mail to 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 by March 15.

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 including the candidate’s statement and CV is sent by email to

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 according to career stage
  • contributions to the field or discipline
  • 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.



Nafissa Ismail
School of Psychology

Benjamin Zyla
School of International Development and Global Studies


Justin Piché
Department of Criminology


Sophie Lebel
School of Psychology


Simon Lapierre
School of Social Work


Roland Pongou
Department of Economics


Patrice Corriveau
Department of Criminology


Natacha Gagné
Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Jean-François Bureau
School of Psychology


Elke Winter
Department of Sociology and Anthropology


Patrick Gaudreau
School of Psychology

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