The Governor’s Award provides financial support to academics who are recognized for their expertise and research in areas important to the Bank's core functions.
The award consists of a research grant of $30,000 per year per recipient for a term of up to two years and is subject to an annual review and confirmation process.
The nomination period for the 2021 Fellowship Program Awards is now closed.
There is no limit to the number of candidates a university can nominate for the Governor’s Award.
The Bank recognizes the value diverse perspectives bring to its work on behalf of Canadians. It promotes the advancement of women specializing in economics and finance and encourages the nominations of researchers with a range of identities and backgrounds.
Governor’s Award nominees are required to:
- be Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, or be otherwise legally permitted to work in Canada
- conduct and support research in Canada (nominations where the majority of the research is in Canada could also be considered)
- have obtained a PhD within ten years of their nomination
- be employed by a Canadian university in an associate or assistant professor position during the term of the Award
Eligible nominees will be considered by the Fellowship Nominating Committee. This Committee provides recommendations to the Bank's Governing Council who will make the final decision. For more information, please refer to the Terms of Reference.
The selection criteria used to assess eligible nominations includes:
- demonstrated excellence and innovation in the nominee’s work as indicated by publications and forthcoming articles in high impact peer-reviewed journals as well as citations and references (i.e., commentaries/critiques), working papers, other research outputs, including books and book chapters, research grants and awards, and recognition by peers
- demonstrated leadership within the discipline and/or academic institution(s) as indicated by mentoring, committee roles, collaboration, contribution to the education and development of new researchers, etc.
- applicability to Bank of Canada policy development and/or research, as indicated in a match of the nominee's written work and research plan with Bank plans and priorities; and as expressed in the nomination materials
The award recipient will be announced in March.
Recipient Terms and Conditions
Recipients of the Governor’s Award will be required to abide by the following terms and conditions. More detailed information will be provided to recipients and their nominating universities.
Collaboration with Bank Researchers
Recipients are expected to collaborate periodically with Bank research staff by, for example, co-authoring papers, conducting seminars, commenting on research papers or proposals, etc.
Recipients will be invited to participate in an annual Learning Exchange during the term of their award at the Bank of Canada’s head office in Ottawa.
In 2021 the Learning Exchange is scheduled to take place on May 5 to 6.
Annual Review and Confirmation
The Governor’s Award is subject to an annual review and confirmation by the Bank’s Governing Council. This happens in the fall of the first year and includes providing an update of the recipient’s research plan. Recipients will be contacted by the Governance Office with the requirements.
Dinner with the Board of Directors
In the fall of the first year of their award, Governor’s Award recipients are invited to a dinner with the Bank’s Board of Directors.
Governor’s Award recipients must grant permission to the Bank of Canada to publicly communicate their names and qualifications.