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The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. It comprises a fourth entity (along with the current three Academies) within the Royal Society of Canada.The Members of the College are Canadians and Permanent Residents who, at an early stage in their career, have demonstrated a high level of achievement. The criteria for election is excellence, and membership is for seven years. Up to 80 Members may be elected each year.

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The mandate of the College is:

“To gather scholars, artists and scientists at a highly productive stage of their careers into a single collegium where new advances in understanding will emerge from the interaction of diverse intellectual, cultural and social perspectives.”

The mission of the College is:

“To address issues or particular concern to new scholars, artists and scientists, for the advancement of understanding and the benefit of society, taking advantage of the interdisciplinary approaches fostered by the establishment of the College.”


The mission and mandate of the College derive from five main factors:

First, the generation of emerging scholars and artists has been especially active in exploring new epistemologies, new research domains, and deploying new media for communication of research results.

Second, the generation of emerging scholars and artists is exploring interdisciplinary research across established boundaries of scholarly communities through experimentation with new theoretical perspectives and methodological tools.

Third, the current demography of the Canadian research community reflects the fact that more than 60% of professors now on Canadian campuses were hired since the year 2000.

Fourth, the generation of emerging scholars has a much higher percentage of women, both in the natural sciences and in the social sciences and humanities.

Fifth, the generation of emerging scholars is more diverse than its predecessors, with a larger number of members from First Nations communities, from immigrant communities and from visible minorities.