Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (PhD)
Democratic theory and citizen participation
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 concentrate 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.
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 2020 competition deadlines:
Complete eligibility criteria are available on SSHRC's funding opportunity page.
To be eligible to apply, an applicant must:
Notes on completed months of study:
Fast-track, joint and direct-entry programs
For applicants registered in a master’s program and then transferred to a doctoral program (fast-track), the months of study completed are calculated starting from the date on which the applicant transfers into the doctoral program.
For applicants registered in a doctoral program in which they obtain a master’s degree (e.g., MA/PhD), the months of study are calculated starting from the date on which an applicant is officially registered in the joint program (including the master’s portion of the program).
For applicants registered in a doctoral program directly from an undergraduate program (i.e., never enrolled in a master’s program), the months of study completed are calculated starting from the date on which an applicant begins the doctoral program. These applicants, however, may be eligible to apply to the CGS M program for their first year of doctoral funding.
Note: Some eligibility requirements for the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships differ from those of the CGS-D (ex. months of study eligibility).
Complete evaluation criteria are available on SSHRC's funding opportunity page.
The evaluation of SSHRC doctoral award applications is based on the following criteria:
SSHRC’s Guidelines for the Merit Review of Indigenous Research are relevant for researchers (applicants and project directors) and students preparing SSHRC applications related to Indigenous research
Students registered in a UBC degree program (or on an approved leave of absence from UBC) between 1 January and 31 December 2020 must complete the SSHRC online application by Tuesday, 15 September 2020 at 12:00 pm PDT. Please follow the application instructions.
Both the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and the CGS-D are offered through a single annual national competition. Applicants should refer to the online descriptions for each award to determine their eligibility to apply to and hold each award, as there are notable differences. Applicants eligible for both the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and the CGS-D will automatically be considered for both awards. Only one application is required for consideration of one or both awards.
Affiliated Fellowships-Doctoral application: SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships applicants applying through UBC do not need to submit a separate Affiliated Fellowships-Doctoral application. To be considered for criteria-based Affiliated Fellowships, students should submit the criteria-based Affiliated Fellowships checklist to their graduate program by the application deadline.
Graduate programs review and rank the applications they receive, and forward their top applicants to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Nominations must be submitted by graduate programs to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by 4:00 pm PDT on Friday, 9 October 2020.
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship applications are first reviewed and ranked by the applicant's UBC graduate program. The graduate program forwards a limited number of its top-ranked applicants to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, which oversees a university-wide adjudication. Adjudication committees composed of UBC faculty members review and rank nominated applications and select which applications will be forwarded to the national competition. UBC's nominees are forwarded to SSHRC, which oversees a nation-wide competition that selects which SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship applications will be funded. Results are announced in April each year.