SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships


Deadline:

TBA: likely September 15, 2021 at 12:00 PM (PDT)


Eligibility of Citizenship: Canadian and Permanent Residence
Degree Level: Doctoral
Award Status: Closed
Applicant Status: Incoming Students and Continuing Students

Description

Quick Facts

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.

Effective fall 2019, Canada’s three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC) have now harmonized the Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral program. Please visit the new CGS-D Program page for the harmonized application process and timeline. Both the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and the Canada Graduate Scholarships—Doctoral Scholarships (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 Scholarships will automatically be considered for both awards. Only one application is required for consideration of one or both awards.

Value: $20,000/year for up to 4 years

Eligibility

Complete eligibility criteria are available on SSHRC’s funding opportunity page.

To be eligible to apply, an applicant must:

  • be enrolled in an eligible doctoral program that includes a significant, autonomous research component that leads to the completion of a thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit;
  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, as of the application deadline date;
  • have completed no more than 48 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by 31 December 2021;
  • not have already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) or SSHRC;
  • submit only one doctoral award application in a given academic year to either SSHRC, CIHR or NSERC. Nominations to the Vanier CGS program do not count towards this limit.

Notes on completed months of study:

  • SSHRC considers all studies counted toward the doctoral degree for which funding is requested whether or not they were completed at the degree-granting institution.
  • The months of study completed are calculated starting from the date on which an applicant is officially registered in the doctoral degree program.

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).

Evaluation Criteria

Complete evaluation criteria are available on SSHRC’s funding opportunity page.

  • Research ability and potential (50%)
  • Relevant experience and achievements obtained within and beyond academia (50%)

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

Application Procedures

Students registered in a UBC degree program (or on an approved leave of absence from UBC) between January 1st and December 31st of the competition year must complete the SSHRC online application by the application deadline indicated above. 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.

Instructions:

  1. Confirm eligibility
  2. Confirm subject matter: Select the appropriate funding agency. Applicants should complete the agency application that is best aligned with their research subject matter
    • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
    • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
    • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  3. Determine where to submit an application (through a Canadian institution such as UBC or directly to the appropriate agency). See the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships page for guidance. If applying via UBC, complete the application by the UBC application deadline indicated above
  4. Read the application instructions and complete the SSHRC online application
    • Online submission of transcripts: Applicants are required to upload their up-to-date official transcripts of their complete academic record as 1 single PDF file. Transcript requirement is outlined in the application instructions
      • The College of Graduate Studies may have extra copies of official transcripts on file from previous applications which may be utilized for the CGS-D application. If official transcripts are on file, the College of Graduate Studies is able to supply applicants with certified true copies of official transcripts if requested. Please ensure this request is made early as some universities do not allow redistribution of their transcripts to the student, in which case applicants will be required to order an official copy from the issuing institution. Questions regarding transcripts should be directed to graduateawards.ok@ubc.ca
    • Online submission of letters of appraisal: Applicants are now required to invite their referees via the SSHRC online application. Letters of appraisal are to be submitted by referees using the online system. Applicants are responsible for inviting two referees: one referee should be very familiar with their research and abilities (i.e., current or previous research supervisor) and the other should be sufficiently familiar with their research and abilities to provide a meaningful commentary. Applicants will not be able to verify their application until each referee form has been successfully verified and completed. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure their referees complete and submit their assessments in advance of the application deadline

Killam Doctoral Scholarships application: SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships applicants applying through UBC Okanagan do not need to submit a separate Affiliated Fellowships-Doctoral (Killam) application. For students who would like to be considered for the Killam Doctoral Scholarships but have not submitted a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships application, they must submit the Affiliated Fellowships-Doctoral (Killam) application to the College of Graduate Studies.

Nomination Procedures

  • The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus (G+PS) provides electronic copies of applications submitted by current and prospective students of the Okanagan campus to the College of Graduate Studies shortly after the internal, university application deadline
  • The College of Graduate Studies Scholarship and Awards Committee reviews and ranks the applications received and nominates the top ranked applications to G+PS
  • G+PS convenes an adjudication committee composed of UBC faculty members to review nominations submitted by Vancouver graduate programs and the Okanagan campus and select UBC’s nominees to the national competition
  • Results of the national competition are released to applicants by spring

Further Information

Questions? Please contact: graduateawards.ok@ubc.ca