SSHRC Talent Award
The SSHRC Talent Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual who, on 6 March 2018, 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.
The Talent Award may be taken up as a fellowship to fund the recipient’s doctoral or postdoctoral research over a one-year period, or may be used, within one year of receiving the award, as a grant to support research, knowledge mobilization or other research-related activities. At least 10 per cent of the award funds must be used to promote the recipient’s research achievements.
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada at the time of nomination
- Be an active social sciences and humanities researcher or student
- Be a SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship holder on 6 March 2018
Complete eligibility criteria can be found on the SSHRC website.
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 body of work within the nominee’s fields of 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 the nominee’s work within their fields of research and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community
- nominee’s ability and commitment to communicate research results within and/or beyond the academic community
- level of nominee’s engagement with, and quality of training and mentoring provided to, students, emergin scholars and participants, relative to nominee’s career level
- 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.
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, 16 February 2018.
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.
- SSHRC Talent Award nomination form
- An attachment detailing the rationale for the nomination (two pages maximum)
- SSHRC CV and consent forms
- Information supporting the nomination rationale (if relevant, two pages maximum)
- A promotion strategy (two pages maximum)
- Letters of support, of two pages maximum each, from three referees
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:
- SSHRC Talent Award nomination form
- Rationale for the nomination (2 pages maximum)
- SSHRC CV and consent forms (hard-copy originals with signature in ink are also required)
- Supporting information for nomination rationale (2 pages maximum)
- Promotion strategy (2 pages maximum)
- 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.
Nomination files will be reviewed and ranked by a committee of UBC faculty members. UBC may nominate one candidate to SSHRC for the national-level competition.