Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)
Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Queen's National Scholar Program

2018-2019 Submission Deadlines

The following deadlines have been established for the 2018-2019 QNS program:

The Strategic Research Plan has been renewed, and therefore, reference to the new 2018-2023 SRP should be made in the EOI submission
Letters of support are not required for the EOI submission, but if appropriate will be accepted up to a maximum of two, which may originate from either internal or external sources.

  • June 1, 2018: Completed Expressions of Interest due to the relevant dean’s office
  • June 22, 2018: Recommendations due from the deans to the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)
  • Completed Full Proposals due to the relevant dean’s office
  • Completed Full Proposals due to the Office of Vice-Principal (Research)

Reference Documents

Applicants to the QNS program are asked to review the following reference documents:


Program Overview

The Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) program was first established in 1985, with the objective to “enrich teaching and research in newly developing fields of knowledge as well as traditional disciplines.” Since then, more than 100 QNS appointments have been made in a wide variety of disciplines, and the appellation of Queen’s National Scholar has become synonymous with academic excellence.

Those appointed under the QNS program will have clearly demonstrated their ability to provide rich and rewarding learning experiences (Queen's Academic Plan 2011) to students, as well as to develop innovative research programs that align with the university’s priorities (Strategic Research Plan 2018-2023). 

The objective of the QNS program is to renew and refresh the faculty complement at Queen’s with candidates of the highest quality. Attracting candidates who would add to the diversity and strength of the institution, develop partnerships within and external to their units, and align with institutional priorities is an intrinsic objective of the QNS selection process.  Candidates holding an existing tenure-track or continuing-adjunct appointment at Queen’s will not be considered. Appointments will be at the rank of assistant or associate professor, either tenure-track or with tenure, depending on level of experience.

Selection Process

The QNS program has a two-stage process. In the first stage, an invitation to submit Expressions of Interest (EOIs) is extended to all Faculties and Schools within Queen’s. The QNS Advisory Committee reviews these EOIs, and selects a subset to advance to the second stage. As modified in 2018, the number of EOIs selected to advance to the second stage will not exceed the number of QNS appointments possible.

At the second stage, those responsible for each successful EOI are invited to prepare and submit a full proposal. Each full proposal nominates ONE individual to be appointed. The adjudication committee will review each QNS proposal file as it becomes available, to assess: 1) whether the nominee has demonstrated the three attributes expected of a Queen’s National Scholar (as identified above); 2) whether the nominee’s teaching and research interests are well aligned with the focus of the EOI; and 3) whether the recruitment and selection processes exhibited a robust commitment to employment equity. If the adjudication committee is satisfied that all of these requirements have been met, it will make a recommendation to the Principal that the nominee be offered an appointment as a QNS.

Applications from all qualified individuals are welcome. Queen’s university is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from equity-seeking groups including women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Deans and Department Heads are expected to employ robust equity hiring practices, and to actively seek applications through venues intended to reach candidates from equity seeking groups.

Nominees will not be considered unless their applications have been reviewed in accordance with established Faculty and Departmental appointments procedures, and in accordance with the Collective Agreement or the relevant Senate documents. The Chair of the Departmental Appointments Committee is responsible for ensuring that robust equity practices have been used throughout the recruitment process. Consulting with the Equity Office in advance of advertising is strongly recommended.

Appointments are subject to review and final approval by the Principal.