The award is presented annually by the Canadian Association of Geographers in recognition of research achievement and career potential by a Canadian geographer at an early career stage. The purpose of the award is to foster the development of geographical studies of Canada and to provide recognition of recently established geographical practitioners. See the list of award recipients .
1. The award recognizes research achievement and career potential in Canadian geography. This may take the form of an original synthesis or regional study, a conceptual development, a significant research advance in a subfield of geography, or the development of a technique.
2. The recipient of the award must be:
- A member of the Canadian Association of Geographers, prior to the time of nomination;
- A Canadian citizen or landed immigrant;
- Within eight years of graduation, normally from a PhD, but in exceptional circumstances from a Master's or Bachelor's programme, on December 31 of the year of the award.
Recommendations for the award are made to the Executive of the Canadian Association of Geographers by the CAG Awards Committee.
Nominations are to be made in a letter to the Chair of the CAG Awards Committee, signed by two members of the CAG. The letter of support should identify the nominee's research achievement and explain why it is considered significant. The letter of support, nominee's current curriculum vitae and supporting materials to a maximum of thirty pages should be sent as an e-mail attachment to the CAG office at firstname.lastname@example.org by the 31st of January .
The Julian M. Szeicz Award is recorded on a plaque and the award winner is invited, expenses paid, to attend the Annual Meeting of the CAG, to receive the award.