SSHRC Talent Award

Deadline

Applicants: check with graduate program (likely February 2018); Graduate program nomination deadline: likely February 2018

Annual Value

$50,000

Citizenship

Canadian
Permanent Resident

Degree Level

Doctoral
 

The SSHRC Talent Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual who currently holds a SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship. The Talent Award is given to an individual who maintains academic excellence, has a talent for research and knowledge mobilization, and has demonstrated clear potential to be a future leader within and/or outside the academic sector. One Talent Award will be awarded by SSHRC from the nominations submitted by Canadian universities.

 

Eligibility

Nominee must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada at the time of nomination
  • Be an active social social sciences and humanities researcher or student
  • Be a SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship holder on April 30, 2017

Complete eligibility criteria can be found on the SSHRC website.

Evaluation Criteria

The Talent Award is given to an individual who maintains academic excellence, has a talent for research and knowledge mobilization and has demonstrated clear potential to be a future leader within and/or outside the academic sector.

1. Challenge - Ambition and importance (15%)

  • originality and significance of the research

2. Achievements—Impact and outcomes (75%)

  • originality and significance of nominee’s body of academic achievement and research, including quality of publications relative to stage of career
  • evidence of impact of nominee’s research within and/or beyond the academic community
  • nominee’s ability and commitment to communicate research results within and/or beyond the academic community
  • nominee’s demonstrated engagement, appropriate to career level, in high-quality training and mentoring of student, and other personnel
  • nominee’s demonstrated potential for leadership and societal contributions within and/or beyond the academic community

3. Capability—Strategy for promotion (10%)

  • nominating institution’s commitment to promoting the impact and outcomes of the nominee’s achievements, and the quality of the strategy for doing so

Complete selection criteria can be found on the SSHRC website.

Nomination Procedures

Each graduate program or academic department may forward a maximum of one doctoral nomination and one postdoctoral nomination. Complete nomination packages must be received by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, 24 February 2017.

For each nomination package, the following components must be included. Please see detailed instructions on the SSHRC website (under "Nomination Package") ​for preparing items #2-6 below.

  1. SSHRC Talent Award nomination form
  2. An attachment of up to four pages detailing the rationale for the nomination – to be prepared by the nominating graduate program
  3. SSHRC CV and consent forms – to be prepared by the nominee
  4. Information supporting the nomination rationale of up to two pages – to be prepared by the nominee
  5. A promotion strategy of up to two pages – to be prepared by the nominee in consultation with the nominating graduate program
  6. Letters of support, of up to two pages each, from three referees – nominee to solicit.

Note: Referees must be established authorities in the field, who have not worked with the nominee on the project being recognized and do not have a personal relationship (family and non-professional relationships that would constitute a conflict of interest) with the nominee. Though it seems unusual to not have a letter of support from the nominee’s supervisor, the expectation is that nominees for the Talent Award will have a sufficiently strong profile and connections with other leaders in their field that they should be able to gather strong letters from referees that do not include their supervisor. Nominees for the Talent Award might be a little bit closer to the referees best placed to comment on their work, given the trainee aspects of doctoral and often postdoctoral work (thus, referees for the Talent Award may be affiliated with the nominee’s current institution), but strong, arms-length referees will be necessary for the nominee to be competitive.

The following materials must be submitted as original, signed documents:

  • SSHRC CV and Consent forms
  • Three reference letters

The other materials may be submitted as hard-copy originals or as electronic documents, but electronic documents must be presentable copies (ideally PDFs generated from source files, rather than scans). Given UBC's increased emphasis on the protection of personal privacy, G+PS will not accept electronic files via email. Rather, we are asking graduate programs to upload each nomination package as a single PDF to their UBC Workspace folder (named G+PS Awards - GradProgram; e.g., G+PS Awards - PSYC). If you are unfamiliar with Workspace, please see the instructions on how your program-specific folder works (CWL authentication required).

When submitting electronically (via Workspace), each nomination package should be submitted as a single PDF file with materials in the following order:

  1. SSHRC Talent Award nomination form
  2. Rationale for the nomination (4 pages maximum)
  3. SSHRC CV and consent forms (hard-copy originals with signature in ink are also required)
  4. Supporting information for nomination rationale (2 pages maximum)
  5. Promotion strategy (2 pages maximum)
  6. Three letters of support (2 pages maximum for each letter; hard-copy originals with signature in ink are also required)

The naming convention to be used for electronic files is: SSHRC_TALENT_PROGRAM_LastName_FirstName.pdf. For example, an application file for Elizabeth Tolmie from PSYC would be called SSHRC_TALENT_PSYC_Tolmie_Elizabeth.pdf.

Adjudication Procedures

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will convene one committee to adjudicate doctoral nominees and another committee to adjudicate postdoctoral nominees, with a joint committee making the final selection from the top three doctoral and top three postdoctoral nominees. A single nominee will be forwarded to SSHRC for the national-level competition.

Further Information

Questions about this funding opportunity should be directed to Junnie Cheung at junnie.cheung@ubc.ca.

The Talent Award is among a suite of Impact Awards being offered by SSHRC. Complete information about the Impact Awards program (including previous winners) can be found on the SSHRC website