Bequeathed by the late Dr. Holmes, in recognition of NRC’s commitment to promote research excellence, the award gives recipients the opportunity to conduct post-doctoral studies under outstanding researchers at world famous graduate schools or research institutes. Research must be undertaken in chemistry, physics, biology or mathematics as they relate to medical and biological processes.

The objective of the H.L. Holmes Award is to enhance Canadian research in areas of strategic importance through post-doctoral studies at world famous graduate schools or research institutes under outstanding researchers, and in fields related to medical and biological processes. Recipients must acknowledge the NRC and the H.L. Holmes Award when submitting research papers to journals for work accomplished while receiving support from the Award.


Recipients will be chosen according to the following eligibility criteria:

  • The candidate must be a Canadian citizen
  • The candidate must have graduated from a recognized Canadian university
  • The candidate must hold a doctoral degree from either a Canadian university or an outstanding foreign university, received within 5 years immediately before the application deadline
  • The candidate’s proposed research must pertain to chemistry, physics, biology or mathematics as they relate to medical and biological processes
  • The candidate must have demonstrated research ability

Funding Available

Awards cover a one or two-year period, depending on available funding and the research proposal, and can have a monetary value of up to $100,000 CDN per year.

Internal Contacts

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss this funding opportunity by emailing the following contact(s) as soon as possible: Lesley Gallivan and their Research Facilitator.


Faculty Deadline Consult your Faculty Research Facilitator.
OVPRI Deadline (Approval Form and Application) November 23, 2021
Submission to Sponsor November 30, 2021 (11:59 ET)

Submitting Your Application

  • Step 1) Submit an internal Carleton Approval Form
    Submit an internal Approval Form through our central awards management database CUResearch:
    For a user’s guide on submitting an Approval Form, click here.
  • Step 2) Submit an external application to the granting agency
    Submit an external application to the corresponding grant or award agency. For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines for this opportunity, click here.