Canada Excellence Research Chairs

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Queen’s University invites applications from world-leading researchers for the prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) competition. The CERC awards are among the most prestigious and generous available globally, and the overall CERC program targets research areas of strategic importance to Canada  and each institution. Queen’s is seeking world-leading researchers in areas of:

  • Cell-Immunotherapy 
  • Impact of Radiation in Energy & Advanced Technologies
  • Precision Nanomaterials & Nanomedicine
  • World Constitutions

Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program 

The CERC program offers universities award values of either $8 million or $4 million over eight years to support world‑leading researchers and their teams to establish ambitious research programs at a Canadian university. The program aims to continue growth at the leading edge of breakthroughs in science, technology and innovation priority areas that are expected to generate social and economic benefits for Canadians and others around the world. The program’s future is as much about recruiting the best global talent to Canada as it is about supporting the next generation of leaders, making them integral parts of these ambitious core research teams, so they can chart their own paths forward. The social and economic benefits of this chairholder program will, in addition, have global impact through the commercialization, knowledge translation and mobilization generated by the research.

The University invites nominee applications from all qualified individuals. Selected nominees work in partnership with Queen’s to submit an application package for the Canada Excellence Research Chairs competition. Interested applicants are invited to review full program details .


How to apply

World-leading researchers who are interested in applying are encouraged to review the specific opportunity posting details, linked below, and to submit an application package via email to

 Review of applications will commence on May 30, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted until a nominee is identified.


View Cell-Immunotherapy posting

Impact of Radiation in Energy & Advanced Technologies

View Impact of Radiation in Energy & Advanced Technologies posting

Precision Nanomaterials & Nanomedicine

View Precision Nanomaterials & Nanomedicine posting

World Constitutions

View World Constitutions posting



About Queen’s


Queen's University campus

A member of the U15 Group  of Canadian research-intensive universities, Queen’s University has a long history of discovery and innovation that has shaped our knowledge and helped to address some of the world’s deepest mysteries and most pressing questions, including issues of environmental protection, health care, and the development of advanced technologies. For more than 180 years, Queen’s has brought together and built synergies among leading researchers, scholars and innovators making a real and measured impact. Queen’s is home to more than 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students from over 98 countries. Queen’s placed first in Canada, and fifth in the world, in the 2021 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings  of universities that are advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals  within and beyond their local communities.

Our international team of Research Chairs , Nobel Prize-worthy thinkers , and enterprising minds work together towards novel solutions, because changing the world for the better calls for bold ideas and a willingness to go down paths not taken. Through our work with national and international collaborators, governments, communities, and industry partners, we facilitate knowledge translation from fundamental science to tangible impact. From basic science through to commercialization, purpose drives us. We are proud of our 180-year legacy of transformative research, but we don’t rest on it. In a constantly changing world we understand that only together can we be what the world needs now, and next.

Queen’s continues to invest in our research infrastructure, including a New Frontiers in Research Fund-Transformation research program targeting carbon-on-metal coatings  which is centered in the Department of Chemistry, with links to the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, the Department of Surgery and the Department of Physics. Queen's is also home to the Canadian Cancer Trials Group , a network of 2100+ investigators that support national and international clinical trials (from phase 1-3), and assess new cancer agents, novel surgical procedures, and new radiation treatments. Queen’s is also home to the Centre for Advanced Computing (CAC) , a cluster of computer systems and storage resources shared by five universities and three colleges that provides access to world-class, high-performance, and highly-secure computing.  

Our campus


Queen's University campus looking south

The main campus of Queen’s University is situated in the City of Kingston, on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory  and along the shore of beautiful Lake Ontario.

Research leadership, excellence, and expertise are recognized through a variety of internal and external programs at Queen’s, including named research chairs:

Over the past decade, research at Queen’s has advanced innovation, entrepreneurship and skills development via the creation of over 120 small-to-medium sized enterprises (SME) and startups, and support for more than 600 additional startups and regional SMEs. With more than 220 international exchange partners, and as a member of the Matariki Network of Universities , Queen’s provides rich international opportunities for research collaboration and learning. Queen’s University is ambitious about building synergies by strengthening our relationships with current partners and working to establish new ones. Queen's Partnerships and Innovation  supports researchers, entrepreneurs and industry to grow strategic partnerships, to protect intellectual property and, when applicable, to commercialize discoveries. Queen’s has, for example, transformed more than 1,200 invention disclosures into 200+ technologies each covered by at least one patent.

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City of Kingston


Queen's University campus looking south

Adjusted for population size, the City of Kingston  has among the largest research and development sectors in Canada and among the greatest concentration of doctoral-degree holders in Canada, per capita. Our success with research funding enables us to invest in graduate student research and to prioritize graduate student supervision. Our School of Graduate Studies  plans to welcome more than 2000 new full-time graduate students in 2023, and our graduate-degree completion rates are among the highest in Canada. Our campus is home to >6700 continuing graduate students, the majority of whom are full-time (>83%), and Queen’s has $28 Million in merit-based funding available to graduate students each year. Our competitive graduate programs continue to grow together with our research successes, and applications to our graduate programs outnumber our intake by an overall ratio of 5:1. 

Over 132,000 people call Kingston home, and our city has been recognized as a Top City for raising a family (Today's Parent), and Best Canadian Hotspot for young, talented workers (Next Cities) as well as one of the best places to be a woman in Canada (PDF 2.75 MB) (2019 Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives). Kingston is conveniently connected to the major cities of Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal by car, rail and commuter coach and our airport was recently expanded and upgraded with the expectation of handling 116,000 passengers annually.

Kingston is situated at the western end of the grand St Lawrence River , the most important commercial waterway in Canada, and nearby the scenic Thousand Islands , a region of endless shorelines, rich history and unique culture. Kingston area is also the terminus of the Rideau Canal , arguably the most scenic and historic waterway in North America and also a designated United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Culture Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site. We are nearby Fort Henry , a historic site with heart-pounding musical performances and craft beer festivals, and Kingston Mills, a canal lock station and local favorite for picnicking, swimming, fishing and rock-climbing. Our city has hosted numerous Olympic and World fresh-water sailing championships as a result of the outstanding wind, water and wave conditions found in the eastern-end of Lake Ontario and the efforts of the Canadian Olympic training Regatta Kingston . The mild climate of nearby Prince Edward County , itself a designated viticultural area, is home to more than 40 wineries and countless vineyards .

The landscape surrounding Kingston produces some of Canada's finest produce, meats, maple syrup, honey, milk, cheeses and other artisan-made goods sold locally at our farmers' markets. The oldest and longest-running Public Market  in Ontario is hosted multiple times weekly in Springer Market Square , in the shadow of our massive neoclassical-styled City Hall facing the city waterfront. The cafés and patios off nearby brick roads have a European feel, as do alleyways such as eclectic, art-themed Martello Alley  and the narrow, almost-hidden, limestone and cobble walkways of Rochleau Court . A large portion of our downtown area includes historic brick, stone, and limestone buildings dating back to the early 1800’s. Modern touches downtown include the Leon’s Centre  built in 2008, an event facility that hosts sport, live music, and conference events and which recently hosted international figure skating, and national curling, championships.

More about Kingston 

About Canada


sail boats on Lake Ontario

Canada is a location of choice for world-leading research, science and technology development.

The Government of Canada is expanding expertise in Science, Technology and Innovation priority areas  through investments that include the Canada Excellence Research Chairs competition. Canada is a world leader in higher education research and development performance, and has spent the greatest proportion on higher education R&D among G7 member countries by a considerable margin. Canada has consistently ranked in the top six among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries in higher education R&D expenditures since 2002.

Community Resources

Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate in Astroparticle Physics

Dr. Gilles Gerbier

Elucidating the presence of dark matter, which makes up 80% of our universe: research into the mysteries of “dark matter” will deepen our understanding of the universe’s vast complexities.

More about Dr. Gilles Gerbier