Award Description

The Young Investigator Excellence Award shall be bestowed upon an individual who is an early-career researcher. Selection will be made on the basis of excellence in the candidate’s publications and/or technical contributions where the Canadian Light Source has played a substantial role. The award recipient need not be affiliated with a Canadian institution but must show exceptional promise as a developing leader in their scientific area. 


The recipient will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $500 CAD, plus will be invited to provide a talk at either the CLS Annual User Meeting (AUM), or the CLS (the CLS will pay for travel expenses, if travel is required).

Eligibility Criteria

The following criteria must be met for a candidate to be eligible for this award:

Nomination Process and Selection Information

Nominations can be submitted to with "Young Investigator Award" in the subject line during the official call for nominations.

Selection of the awardee will be based solely upon the information described above. An individual cannot receive this award more than once, though there is no limit to the number of times an applicant can be nominated (if unsuccessful in prior cycles). An award may not be awarded in certain years if a user having contributed significantly to the community has not been nominated. The Users' Executive Committee reserves the right to not designate an awardee if the quality or number of nominations is deemed insufficient. Young Investigator award website.

The recipient of the award is obliged to present a lecture to the synchrotron community at either the CLS AUM or at the CLS in their area of research. The travel (if applicable) must be completed within 12 months of receipt of the award and eligible to receive travel reimbursement up to $2000 CAD (in accordance with CLS travel guidelines). The lecture may relate to the citation of the award, or to current activity.

Deadline: The CLS is accepting nominations for 2020 until midnight on Saturday, July 31, 2021.

Previous Recipients of this Award:

2019 - Robert Green, University of Saskatchewan
2018 - Julie Cosmidis, Pennsylvania State University
2017 - Jean-Philippe Julien, University of Toronto
2016 – Riccardo Comin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2015 - Martin Obst, University of Bayreuth (Sponsored by VAT, Incorporated)


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