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Queen's University

Queen’s National Scholar Program


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, over 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 University’s priorities ( Strategic Research Plan 2012-2017 ). Further information is available in the QNS Outline document.

Appointments will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, either tenure-track or with tenure, depending on level of experience. Only nominees external to the University will be considered for the program. 


Starting with the 2012-2013 competition, the QNS program has had a two-stage selection 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 up to four submissions to advance to the second stage.

At the second stage, those responsible for each successful EOI are invited to prepare and submit a full proposal. Each full proposal nominates an individual to be appointed. The QNS Advisory Committee reviews these full proposals and makes a recommendation to the Principal as to which nominees (up to a maximum of two) will be offered QNS positions.

Applications from all qualified individuals are welcomed. Queen’s University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and encourages all 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 encouraged 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, the Collective Agreement or the relevant Senate documents. The employment equity representative of the department's appointment committee is responsible for ensuring that the equity procedures, which includes an equity self-identification form sent to all applicants, have been followed. 

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

Reference Documents

2015-2016 QNS Program Timeline

  • Completed Expressions of Interest due to the relevant Dean's office: September 8, 2015
  • Recommendations due from the Deans to the Provost's Office: October 2, 2015
  • Advertisements posted: November 30, 2015
  • Completed Full Proposals due to the relevant Dean’s office: March 11, 2016
  • Completed full proposals due to the Provost's Office: April 1, 2015          

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