IC-IMPACTS HQP Research Paper Awards 

Starting this year, IC-IMPACTS HQP Research Paper Awards will be presented annually to IC-IMPACTS HQP (graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, or Research Associates) who have published their work in a peer-reviewed journal with a high impact factor.

About This Award 

For the 2021 Awards, the paper should have been published in a high impact factor journal between January 1, 2019 and April 30, 2021.  The HQP submitting the application should be the first author. The competition serves to showcase the high quality of work by the HQP (and their collaborators) and the excellence of the research.

THREE Prizes will be awarded this year. IC-IMPACTS HQP Research Paper Awards Committee will evaluate the submissions and select the top candidates. Each award will include an IC-IMPACTS Citation and a prize of $1,000 CAD (to be shared amongst HQP co-authors if applicable).

Submission Deadline

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 (midnight PDT)

 Eligibility Criteria

  • The HQP must be the first author on the published paper;
  • The published paper must be based on an IC-IMPACTS funded project;
  • The publishing date on the journal must be between January 1, 2019 to April 30, 2021;
  • Papers co-written with other students and faculty are eligible;
  • A paper jointly co-authored by a Canadian and Indian researcher will be seen favorably.

Application Process

Each applicant should submit the following three documents:

  • A copy of the published paper with indication of the published date;
  • Proof of enrollment (current or previous copy of a valid institution card);
  • A cover letter to the IC-IMPACTS HQP Research Paper Awards Committee, clearly stating the following:
    • The significance of the paper to the discipline,
    • The HQP’s contribution in conceiving and carrying out the research,
    • Evidence of why the paper should be considered for the award (e.g. quality of the journal, number of total citations, etc.),
    • Any other information that may demonstrate quality and impact of the work.

The cover letter should be a maximum of 500 words, font size 11, and no longer than one page.

Evaluation Criteria

Papers will be evaluated in relation to their overall quality and potential significance to the field based on the information requested in the cover letter from the HQP.


Winners will be announced in August September 2021 and will be invited to join us for an IC-IMPACTS awards ceremony.

Further Information

For any questions regarding this funding opportunity, please contact: [email protected]


To submit your nomination, please send all files in an email with the subject “Submission: HQP Research Paper Award” to [email protected]