SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships

Deadline

14 September 2021 at 12:00 pm PDT

Annual Value

$20,000

Citizenship

Canadian
Permanent Resident

Degree Level

Doctoral
 

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowships support high-calibre students engaged in doctoral programs in the social sciences and humanities. This support allows scholars to fully focus on their doctoral studies, to seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields and to contribute to the Canadian research ecosystem during and beyond the tenure of their awards.

SSHRC welcomes applications involving Indigenous research, as well as those involving research-creation.

Note: Both the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and the Canada Graduate Scholarships—Doctoral Scholarships (CGS D) are offered through one annual national competition. Applicants need to submit only one application to be considered for one or both awards. As each award has notable differences, applicants must read the descriptions for each award carefully to determine if they are eligible to apply and hold each award. Applicants eligible for both the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and CGS D Scholarships will automatically be considered for both awards.

Fall 2021 competition deadlines:

  • Application deadline (through The University of British Columbia): Tuesday, 14 September 2021 at 12 PM (PDT)
  • Graduate program nomination deadline (to Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies): Friday, 8 October 2021 at 4 PM (PDT)
 

Eligibility

Note: Both the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and the Canada Graduate Scholarships—Doctoral Scholarships (CGS D) are offered through one annual national competition. Applicants need to submit only one application to be considered for one or both awards. As each award has notable differences, applicants must read the descriptions for each award carefully to determine if they are eligible to apply and hold each award. Applicants eligible for both the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and CGS D Scholarships will automatically be considered for both awards.

Eligibility requirements that are specific to the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships:

  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships are tenable at any recognized institution in Canada or abroad. For the fellowship to be held abroad, the award holder must have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree at a Canadian postsecondary institution. For award holders who do not meet this requirement, the fellowships are tenable only at recognized Canadian postsecondary institutions.
  • Applicants must have completed no more than 48 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31 of the calendar year of application

Complete eligibility criteria for the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship are available on SSHRC's program webpage.

Note: Some eligibility requirements for the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships differ from those of the CGS-D (e.g., months of study eligibility).

Evaluation Criteria

Complete evaluation criteria are available on SSHRC's funding opportunity page.

Application Procedures

Refer to the Application Procedures on our CGSD webpage for detailed instructions (the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships share application procedures with the CGSD).

Nomination Procedures

Refer to the Nomination Procedures on our CGSD webpage for detailed instructions (the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships share nomination procedures with the CGSD).

Adjudication Procedures

Refer to the Adjudication Procedures on our CGSD webpage for adjudication details (the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships share adjudication procedures with the CGSD).

Further Information

For further information, please visit the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships page.

 
 

Read tips on applying, reference letters, statement of interest, reaching out to prospective supervisors, interviews and more in our Application Guide!