Application Checklist—SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Verify to which agency you should be applying based on your research’s subject matter eligibility.
  • Start your application as soon as it becomes available. SSHRC strongly encourages applicants to submit applications in advance of the deadline date. Typically, there is a very high volume of users in the online system on the last day, which may create delays and put timely submission at risk.
  • If you require assistance while preparing your application, communicate with SSHRC’s Research Training Portfolio well in advance of the application deadline.
  • Carefully read the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships funding opportunity description and application instructions, and respond directly to the evaluation criteria.
  • Complete the SSHRC online CV and the web-based SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships application form, along with the mandatory upload components. Know what to include in your application.
  • Select the supplements and/or special or joint initiatives for which you wish to be considered, as applicable. Include a maximum one-page justification for each supplement and/or special or joint initiative selected.
  • Select your referees (for your letters of appraisal).
  • Only if you are proposing to remain at the same institution where you received your PhD, upload a tenure location justification  document.
  • Share your program of work with colleagues and mentors to receive feedback.
  • Use plain language accessible to a multidisciplinary selection committee. SSHRC cannot guarantee that your application will be evaluated by an expert in your field; write your proposal accordingly.
  • Choose the selection committee that best suits your research; remember that, for each committee, the experts are drawn from the list of disciplines identified for that committee.
  • Do not duplicate information from the “Credentials” section of your application in the “Funded Research” section; the latter section will most often be blank for new scholars.
  • Inform your referees of the deadline well in advance; your application will be incomplete without all of the required components. SSHRC’s online system will not accept an incomplete application.
  • Notify your referees in advance that they will be receiving an invitation, as firewalls and/or spam filters may limit their ability to receive the official system email inviting them to complete a referee form. You may have to follow up to ensure the reference is complete before the deadline date and time.
  • Provide your referees with your program of work and any additional information that could help them with their assessment. Your letter writers will be able to see your application once they have accepted the invitation to write a letter on your behalf, regardless of whether the application is complete. Indicate your level of proficiency in all languages required for your research.
  • Ensure that your list of publications provides complete bibliographic information, including page numbers.
  • Do not include master’s or doctoral theses as publications, unless they have been published as a scholarly publication.
  • Respect page limits.
  • Click “Preview” and “Verify” for each page of your application as you complete it, and well in advance of the deadline; SSHRC’s online system will not accept applications that are incomplete (i.e., that contain unverified sections). If you make changes to a page, click “Verify” again for that page in order to confirm that SSHRC’s online system will accept the new information when you submit your application.
  • Before you click “Submit,” ensure that all required electronic documents have been uploaded to your application.
  • Remember to click “Submit.”