SSHRC Graduate Scholarships
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowships and Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Doctoral Scholarships aim to develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in undergraduate and graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities.
Complete eligibility criteria are available on SSHRC's funding opportunity page.
Applicants must be conducting research that is primarily in the social sciences and humanities, i.e., aligned with the SSHRC’s legislated mandate. Consult the General Guidelines for the Eligibility of Subject Matter at SSHRC for details.
Potential applicants should also be sure that they are submitting their application to the most appropriate of the three federal funding agencies (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC). If even after reviewing the SSHRC guidelines applicants are unsure whether they should submit their application to SSHRC, CIHR, or NSERC, they should send a half-page summary of their intended research proposal to one of the agencies and ask for written confirmation (including by e-mail) if they are eligible to apply to that agency. Applicants are advised to err on the side of caution, and ask for an assessment rather than guess or assume incorrectly.
Applicants may contact SSHRC Doctoral Awards at firstname.lastname@example.org
Complete evaluation criteria are available on SSHRC's funding opportunity page.
Applicants must complete the SSHRC web-based form and submit only one application form, together with the required attachments. Application instructions can be found here; for the most up-to-date version please visit the link inside the online application.
Applicants eligible for both a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship and a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship will be considered for both awards. Top-ranked candidates will be offered a CGS Doctoral Scholarship, and the next-tier candidates will be offered a Doctoral Fellowship.
Depending on their status at the time of application, applicants for SSHRC Doctoral Awards submit their application materials through a Canadian university or directly to SSHRC. Applicants must review the Application Process section to determine where they are to submit their application materials. Please note that if applications materials are submitted to the wrong institution, the application will be withdrawn from the competition.
Applicants who are to submit their application to UBC must submit a complete application package to their UBC graduate program by the graduate program's deadline (generally mid-September to early October - confirm with the graduate program).
The SSHRC Letters of Appraisal forms can be found in the Forms section of the SSHRC website.
All SSHRC applicants applying through UBC do not need to submit a separate Affiliated Fellowships application. To be considered for criteria-based Affiliated Fellowships, students should submit this checklist with their SSHRC application to their graduate program.
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 4:00pm on Friday, 13 October 2017.
The SSHRC Departmental Appraisal forms can be found in the Forms section of the SSHRC website.
SSHRC Doctoral Award 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 Award applications will be funded.