Medals and Awards

Each year the CAP recognizes excellence in Research, Teaching, and Service in physics within Canada, as listed below. We offer awards to established researchers, enterprising students, promising scientists, and exceptional teachers. Click the links below or to the left to find out more about our various awards and prizes!


Following the new strategic plan for the CAP, the Medals and Awards communications and processes are being reviewed and updated to celebrate our values of excellence and professionalism, equity, diversity and inclusion, and collegiality and mentorship. Read the full announcement here.

In early 2022, the CAP will be undertaking a complete EDI review of our award nomination and selection guidelines and procedures in advance of the call for 2022 medal, award, and scholarship candidates. When the call for nominations is launched in 2022, we hope that our membership will help us by putting forward nominations that reflect the diverse excellence of our physics community.


Click here to go to the medal nomination system.


The call for nominations will be issued in the Spring of 2022.
The deadline for all medal nominations is to be determined.


Visit individual medal pages to view information regarding descriptions, criteria, and deadlines.


Medals For Research

CAP Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Physics (awarded annually) Deadline: TBD
CAP Herzberg Medal (awarded annually) Deadline: TBD
CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics (awarded annually) Deadline: TBD
CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal (awarded annually) Deadline: TBD
CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal in Subatomic Physics (awarded annually) Deadline: TBD

Medals for Applied Physics and Research

CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics (awarded on even years) Deadline: TBD
CAP Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics (awarded on odd years) Deadline: TBD

Medals for Service

CAP-COMP Peter Kirkby Memorial Medal for Outstanding Service to Canadian Physics (awarded on odd years) Deadline: TBD

Medals for Teaching

CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High-school/CEGEP Physics (5 regional prizes awarded annually) Deadline: TBD
CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics (awarded annually) Deadline: TBD

University/Graduate Student Awards and Scholarships

CAP Best Student Paper Awards (awarded annually) Deadline: TBD
Boris P. Stoicheff Memorial Graduate Scholarship (awarded annually) Deadline: TBD
DAMOPC PhD Thesis Prize (awarded annually) Deadline: TBD
DNP PhD Thesis Prize (awarded annually) Deadline: TBD
Lloyd G. Elliot University Prize Exam (annual competition) Deadline: TBD
PPD PhD Thesis Award (awarded annually) Deadline: TBD
DCMMP PhD Thesis Award Competition (awarded annually) Deadline: TBD
DTP/WITP PhD Thesis Prize (awarded annually) Deadline: TBD

High-school/CEGEP Student Awards and Prizes

High-school/CEGEP Prize Examination (annual competition)  Deadline: TBD
Art of Physics (annual competition)  Deadline: TBD
Canada-Wide Science Fair (annual competition)  Deadline: TBD