Call for Nominations: Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher Prizes

Nomination Submission Deadline: February 1 each year


CS-Can/Info-Can, the Canadian academic computer science organization, presents annually up to three (3) prizes to top young computer science academic researchers who are within 10 years of completing their Ph.D.

These awards recognize excellence in research. Each prize is worth $1000. Winners will be invited to attend the annual CS-Can/Info-Can Awards Banquet to receive their prize.

Nominations are welcome starting on September 1 of the award year.


A candidate for these prizes must hold a full time appointment in the Computer Science Department[1] of a Canadian University, must have completed their doctorate (or equivalent) no earlier than July 1 ten years prior to the calendar year of the award and cannot have already received an Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher Prize.

Parental leave taken for child bearing and rearing, or medical leave, is not counted as part of the ten-year period; in such situations, appropriate evidence should be supplied in the nomination material by the nominator or by the Chair.

Selection Committee

The selection committee comprises a Panel of computer scientists from a variety of sub-disciplines of the field. All nomination material should be written appropriately for such an audience. The panel is appointed by the CS-Can/Info-Can Board of Directors.

Nomination Procedures

Nominations are welcome in either English or French.

Candidates cannot apply on their own behalf, but must be nominated by a member of the Canadian computer science academic community. The nomination must be endorsed by the Computer Science Department Chair at the candidate’s university.

The nominator provides

  • a description of the nominator (one paragraph[2]) that fully identifies the nominator (including postal and e-mail address) and briefly outlines the nominator’s relationship to the candidate and to the candidate’s area(s) of research specialization;
  • a 2-page nomination that explains why the candidate deserves consideration for the prize, with emphasis on contributions to, and impact on, their field(s) of research;
  • an abstract (one paragraph) for public consumption outlining the candidate’s accomplishments, to be used both in committee deliberations and for publicity if the
    candidate wins a prize;
  • endorsements, letters solicited from 3 internationally recognized experts (not the nominator) in the candidate’s field(s) who are at arm’s length from the candidate, that discuss the impact of the candidate’s research on his or her research community.

The Chair of the candidate’s Department[3] provides a two-page letter endorsing the nomination that

  • briefly overviews the candidate’s research area and contributions to research;
  • also provides a broader context for the candidate’s activities, including their teaching and administrative responsibilities; their role in supervisory and advisory committees; their involvement in outreach to others in the Department, University, industry, and the community; and their actual or demonstrated capacity for leadership;
  • indicates any parental leave or medical leave that may affect the eligibility dates for the prize, if appropriate.

The candidate provides

  • a two-page[3] summary of their research contributions and the impact of this research;
  • a one-page summary of their planned future directions for research;
  • a full curriculum vitae (no page limits);
  • web-accessible links to the candidate’s three most significant research contributions (or PDF copies if issues such as copyright make it impossible to set up a web link).

No other material (letters of support, etc.) can be included in the review process.

How to Submit

The deadline for receiving nominations is February 1. The deadline will be strictly adhered to.

All materials in the nomination package should be put into a single .zip archive file named with each individual document in PDF format. The names of the documents should be the following.

  • NomineeLast-NomineeFirst-NominatorLast-NominatorFirst.pdf
  • NomineeLast-NomineeFirst-Nomination.pdf
  • NomineeLast-NomineeFirst-Abstract.pdf
  • NomineeLast-NomineeFirst-EndorserLast-EndorserFirst.pdf
    (for each of the three letters of endorsement)
  • NomineeLast-NomineeFirst-ChairLetter.pdf
  • NomineeLast-NomineeFirst-Contributions.pdf
  • NomineeLast-NomineeFirst-FutureWork.pdf
  • NomineeLast-NomineeFirst-CV.pdf
  • NomineeLast-NomineeFirst-Links.pdf
    if copies of papers are being submitted (see above)

The .zip archive file should be sent as an email attachment to the CS-Can/Info-Can Awards Committee via email to by the nomination submission deadline.

Review all of the specific instructions on this page and the general instructions for all award nominations before submitting.

All submissions will be acknowledged by return email.


Successful candidates will be notified by March 15 following the submission deadline.

The awards will be presented at the CS- Can/Info-Can Awards Banquet, which is usually held in late May or early June in conjunction with the CS-Can/Info-Can AGM. Successful candidates will be provided with funds to help defray the costs of attending this ceremony in order to receive the awards in person.

More information about awards

Additional information about the awards program, eligibility, and nomination procedures is available here. Notes specific to this award are below.

1 The term “Computer Science Department” is a broad term that includes Canadian Departments, Schools, and Faculties of Computer Science, however named. Similarly, the term “Chair” refers to the Chair or Head of the Department, the Director of the School, or the Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science, whichever is appropriate.

2 In all cases, the page or word limits are upper limits.

3 If the Department Chair is a candidate for a prize, then another responsible member of the Department should provide the information requested of the Chair.

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