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A boost for national scholars program

The 2016-17 round of the Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) program is now open, and academic units are invited to submit expressions of interest (EOI) to their respective dean’s office.

The program has expanded this round with up to four candidates being nominated as Queen’s National Scholars, up from the previous two candidates.

“Queen’s is pleased to invest additional funds to expand the successful QNS program, which is a signature piece in the university’s commitment to ongoing faculty renewal,” says Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost, who co-chairs the QNS advisory committee with Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research). “The program offers academic departments the opportunity to recruit promising early- and mid-career faculty who demonstrate exceptional promise as researchers and teachers, deepening the university’s expertise in priority fields.”

Academic units are required to submit their EOI to the relevant dean’s office by Sept. 8.

During the first stage of the competition, expressions of interest will be evaluated by the QNS advisory committee based on alignment with the priorities of the faculty or school, as well as the university’s priorities as outlined in the Strategic Framework, the Academic Plan, the Strategic Research Plan, the Comprehensive International Plan, and the Strategic Mandate Agreement

Up to eight applications will be selected to move to the second stage, where departments will undertake a recruitment process to identify a prospective candidate and then submit full proposals to their dean’s office by March 10, 2017.

The QNS advisory committee will then evaluate the proposals and make a recommendation to the principal as to which nominees should receive an offer for a QNS position.

The QNS program provides $100,000 annually for five years for each appointment. Additional information about the program, including a 2016-17 expression of interest template, can be found on the website of the Office of the Provost. Please direct all related enquiries to research@queensu.ca