SSHRC Graduate Scholarships

Deadline

Applicants: check with graduate program (most likely mid- to late September); Graduate program nomination deadline: 4:00pm on Monday, 17 October 2016

Annual Value

$20,000 to $35,000

Citizenship

Canadian
Permanent Resident

Degree Level

Doctoral
 

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.

 

Eligibility

Complete eligibility criteria are available on the SSHRC website

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 fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

Evaluation Criteria

Complete evaluation criteria are available on the SSHRC website.

Application Procedures

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.

Nomination Procedures

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 Monday, 17 October 2016.

The SSHRC Departmental Appraisal forms can be found in the Forms section of the SSHRC website.

Adjudication Procedures

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.

Profiles of Award Holders

Belle Cheung

Master of Arts in Geography (MA)
Canadian arts and culture funding priorities and their relationship to articulations of race, diversity, and representation in theatre

Rebecca Livernois

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (PhD)
Decisions, Economics and Climate Change

Sabrina Chang

Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Cognitive ethnography of musicians during improvisational performance

Jessica Hayes

Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP)
Social Planning and Community Development

Kari Grain

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
Ethical international engagement and experiential learning

Manjeet Birk

Racialized and Indigenous Girls and Women in Non-Profit Organizations

Andrew Pilliar

Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
Understanding the Market for Personal Legal Services to Improve Access to Civil Justice in Canada

Ali Sutherland

Master of Arts in Educational Studies (MA)
Relational Service Learning: An Alternative Approach to Transformation

Further Information

  • The SSHRC Letters of Appraisal and Departmental Appraisal forms can be found in the Forms section of the SSHRC website.
  • SSHRC's Resource Centre provides a great deal of helpful information for applicants.
  • For further information, please consult the SSHRC website.