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Every year the Canada Council awards a broad range of prestigious prizes to more than 200 Canadian artists and scholars in recognition of their quest for innovation and excellence.

Eligibility

Three ways to apply

Application

By Application

Apply to the Council or to our partners.

By Nomination

Submit a third-party nomination to the Council or to our partners.

By Grant Application

Applicants to some grant programs are eligible and will be considered for prizes.

To submit an application or nomination to Prizes, please refer to each individual Prizes’ page on the website for further details. At this time, applications and nominations for prizes cannot be made through the Portal.

Explore our Prizes

By program

$5,000

The Bernard Diamant Prize offers classical music singers under age 35 an opportunity to pursue their career through further studies.

By Nomination

$5,000 - $12,000

The Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature is an English-language literature competition organized to recognize excellence in li...

Next Deadline

31
March, 2017

By Nomination

$10,000

The Canada-Japan Literary Awards recognize literary excellence by Canadian writers and translators who write, or translate from Japanese into Engl...

Next Deadline

30
April, 2017

By Application

$1,000 - $6,000

The CBC Literary Prizes recognize talented Anglophone writers in three categories: Short Story, Nonfiction and Poetry.

By Application

$20,000

The Coburn Fellowships are awarded to one student at the University of Toronto and another at the University of Tel Aviv or the Hebrew University ...

By program

$8,000

The Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography is awarded to a professional photographer for personal creative work or to pursue postgraduate s...

By Application

$3,000 - $10,000

The Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition is a major contemporary music competition that rewards the most talented young artists in the cat...

Next Deadline

30
November, 2017

By Nomination

Up to $25,000

The Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts are granted to artists in recognition of remarkable careers in either of those fields.

Next Deadline

1
June, 2017

By Nomination

$1,000 - $25,000

The Governor General's Literary Awards are presented in recognition of the best Anglophone and best Francophone book in each of seven categories...

Next Deadline

15
March, 2017

By Application

Up to 12 medals

The Governor General's Medals in Architecture recognize and celebrate outstanding design in recently built projects by Canadian architects.

By Nomination

Up to $25,000

The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards recognize the work of experienced Canadian artists who have made remarkable contributions to the per...

By Application

$5,000

The Healey-Willan Prize is awarded for the best performance in the National Competition for Amateur Choirs.

By program

$6,000

The Jacqueline Lemieux Prize recognizes the work of an established dance professional who has made an outstanding contribution to dance in Canada.

By program

$5,000

The J.B.C Watkins Awards are an opportunity for artists to develop their talents in music or theatre and to pursue graduate studies at the interna...

By Application

$5,000

The J.B.C. Watkins Award: Architecture is offered to a Canadian professional architect wishing to pursue postgraduate studies outside Canada, idea...

Next Deadline

1
March, 2017

By Application

$5,000 – $7,000

The Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts assists non-profit visual arts organizations and fine crafts professionals in undertaking projects that c...

Next Deadline

1
March, 2017

By program

$1,000

The Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestra Conducting is given to a promising young Canadian conductor for their excellent work.

By program

$3,500

The Joan Lowndes Award is given to an independent professional critic or curator in recognition of the outstanding quality of his or her work.

By Nomination

Up to $95,000

The John G. Diefenbaker Award allows a distinguished German scholar in the humanities to conduct research in Canada and spend brief periods gainin...

Next Deadline

1
November, 2017

By Nomination

Up to $6,000

The John Hirsch Prize was created to recognize talented young directors who whose major accomplishments demonstrate great potential for future exc...

Next Deadline

1
October, 2017

By Application

Up to $10,000

The John Hobday Awards in Arts Management are granted to talented arts managers in Canadian professional arts organizations for professional devel...

Next Deadline

30
September, 2017

By program

Up to $5,000

The Joseph S. Stauffer Prizes are awarded to Canadian artists who exhibit strong artistic potential in music, visual arts and literature.

By Application

$7,500

The Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music encourages Canadian professional composers to create avant-garde chamber music and to foster its perfo...

Next Deadline

1
June, 2017

By Nomination

$100,000

The Killam Prizes are awarded to active Canadian scholars who have made a significant and remarkable contribution to their respective fields in th...

Next Deadline

15
June, 2017

By Application

$70,000

The Killam Research Fellowships are awarded to active Canadian scholars who have made a significant and remarkable contribution to their respectiv...

Next Deadline

15
May, 2017

By Application

Up to $25,000

The Michael Measures Prize recognizes promising young Canadian classical music performers. The prize is awarded to a young musician 16 to 20 years...

By Nomination

Up to $50,000

The Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes are awarded to two persons – one in the arts and the other in the social sciences and humanities, wh...

Next Deadline

1
November, 2017

By Application

Every three years, talented Canadian professional classical musicians compete for a chance to borrow one of the 20 legendary instruments from the ...

Next Deadline

1
April, 2018

By Application

$10,000

The Peter Dwyer Scholarships are awarded to the most promising students at the both National Ballet School and the National Theatre School of Canada.

By Application

$34,000

The Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners is awarded to a recent graduate from a Canadian architectural school who has demonstra...

Next Deadline

1
October, 2017

By Application

$50,000

The Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture is awarded to a young practitioner of architecture or an architectural firm that has completed their...

Next Deadline

1
March, 2017

By program

$2,000

The Robert Fleming Prize is awarded to an exceptionally talented young Canadian composer to further their career development.

By Application

$10,000

The Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement is given to a practitioner of architecture or an architectural firm. The successful candidat...

Next Deadline

1
March, 2018

By Nomination

$25,000

The Saidye Bronfman Award is an honorary distinction a Canadian craftsperson can receive for excellence in the fine crafts.

Next Deadline

1
June, 2017

By program

$15,000

The Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Awards are given for outstanding artistic achievement by Canadian artists in seven disciplines: Dance, Inter-Arts...

Annual remittances

The Vida Peene Awards are made annually to eight specified organizations from the investment proceeds of an endowment worth almost $600,000.

By Application

$25,000

The Virginia Parker Prize is awarded to a musician, instrumentalist or classical music conductor under the age of 32 who demonstrates outstanding ...

Next Deadline

1
April, 2017

By Nomination

$40,000

The Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achieve...

Next Deadline

30
April, 2017

By Application

Up to $30,000

The York Wilson Endowment Award enables art museums and non-profit public art galleries to purchase original works by living, contemporary Canadia...

Next Deadline

30
April, 2017

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