- Is my proposed research eligible for SSHRC funding?
- Where can I find information on how SSHRC supports Indigenous research and researchers?
- Where can I find detailed instructions on how to apply?
- Can I apply directly to SSHRC if I miss my Canadian university’s internal application deadline?
- If I must apply directly to SSHRC, does my application need to be received by SSHRC before the application deadline?
- What if I don’t know which university I will be attending?
- Can I include a publication in my Research Contributions if it has been accepted for publication, but has not yet been published?
- Should my conference presentation be listed as a refereed or non-refereed contribution?
- Can I open the Letters of Appraisal filled out by my referees?
- Do I need a Departmental Appraisal?
- Can I update my application after submission?
- What is a postmark deadline?
- What is the SSHRC mailing address?
- Who evaluates the applications?
- On what criteria will my application be evaluated?
- Can I have feedback from the committee about my score?
- How is my score calculated?
- I am on a wait list / recommended but not funded. What does this mean?
- Is the award renewable?
- How many times can I apply?
- Can I change my university?
- Can I request a change of start date?
- Can I work while I hold the award?
- Can I hold other awards simultaneously?
- Whom can I contact for help if my question is not answered by these FAQs?
1. Is my proposed research eligible for SSHRC funding?
We advise you to review the subject matter eligibility guidelines (particularly related to health and psychology research) to ensure that you are applying to the appropriate agency. If, upon reviewing the guidelines, you are still unsure, we ask that you submit a one-page summary of your proposed research to email@example.com to enable SSHRC staff to provide a preliminary assessment of its eligibility. Your summary should provide an outline of your research question, context, objectives, methodology, and contribution to the advancement of knowledge, and a short justification of why your application is eligible at SSHRC. Please note, however, that a final decision on eligibility can only be made following submission of a full proposal.
2. Where can I find information on how SSHRC supports Indigenous research and researchers?
SSHRC is committed to supporting and promoting research by and with Indigenous Peoples. Please visit the Aboriginal Research page and the Aboriginal Talent Measures page for more information on SSHRC’s commitment and related initiatives.
3. Where can I find detailed instructions on how to apply?
You must create an online account on SSHRC’s web-based forms site and log on. Once you have started your application, you can click the Instructions tab at the top of the page for more details. You can also review the What’s in an application? page for Doctoral Awards.
4. Can I apply directly to SSHRC if I miss my Canadian university’s internal application deadline?
No. You can only apply directly to SSHRC if you are not eligible to apply through your university.
5. If I must apply directly to SSHRC, does my application need to be received by SSHRC before the application deadline?
Applications submitted directly to SSHRC must be postmarked by the November deadline date in the funding opportunity description.
6. What if I don’t know which university I will be attending?
Indicate your first choice. If your Doctoral Awards application is successful, you can update your university of tenure upon activation of the award.
7. Can I include a publication in my Research Contributions if it has been accepted for publication, but has not yet been published?
Yes. You may list publications accepted for publication along with their intended publication date. Please do not list publications that have been submitted but have not yet been accepted for publication.
8. Should my conference presentation be listed as a refereed or non-refereed contribution?
It can be listed as a refereed contribution only if it meets the criteria for being refereed. Refereed contributions have gone through the peer review process before publication or presentation. A refereed work has been assessed in its entirety (i.e., has not been assessed merely on the basis of an abstract or extract).
9. Can I open the Letters of Appraisal filled out by my referees?
No. You must include your letters in their sealed envelopes.
10. Do I need a Departmental Appraisal?
If you are applying through a Canadian university, you must include a Departmental Appraisal as part of your application. Do not include this form if you are applying directly to SSHRC.
11. Can I update my application after submission?
You cannot update your application after the deadline. We do, however, encourage you to update your personal contact information as needed, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
12. What is a postmark deadline?
“Postmark deadline” is the mark the post office puts on your letter or parcel, showing when it was received and processed. Applications must be postmarked for the deadline date or earlier.
13. What is the SSHRC mailing address?
If you must apply directly to SSHRC, submit your completed application to:
SSHRC Doctoral Awards
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
350 Albert Street
P.O. Box 1610
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4
By messenger or courier:
SSHRC Doctoral Awards
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 1H5
14. Who evaluates the applications?
Your application will be reviewed by SSHRC program staff for eligibility. Eligible applications are evaluated by members of a multidisciplinary and bilingual committee of academics from across the country, in an independent merit review process.
15. On what criteria will my application be evaluated?
Your application will be evaluated on the evaluation criteria listed in the Doctoral Awards funding opportunity description.
16. Can I have feedback from the committee about my score?
In view of the large number of applications, feedback is not provided. Committee members are not asked to provide written appraisals of individual applications, nor is a record kept of consensus judgments about the strengths or weaknesses of individual applications.
17. How is my score calculated?
Two readers assign your application a relative score from 1 to 10. These scores combined equal your final score out of 20.
18. I am on a wait list / recommended but not funded. What does this mean?
This means that your application was ranked highly enough for your name to be placed on a list of candidates recommended for an award in the event that additional funds become available. Should an award become available, SSHRC will contact the next eligible alternate candidate by email.
Please note that being on a wait list does not prevent you from applying again in a future competition.
19. Is the award renewable?
No. Each award is a non-renewable offer that cannot be repeated or extended.
20. How many times can I apply?
As long as you are eligible, you may continue to apply once a year. Please note that prior results are confidential and not shared.
21. Can I change my university?
To change your institution before activation of payment, complete and submit the Request for Instalment and Reinstatement of Award Form, indicating your new institution.
To change your institution after activation of payment, complete and submit the Changes to Award Form.
22. Can I request a change of start date?
Yes, you may send a request for change of start date to email@example.com and SSHRC will contact you.
23. Can I work while I hold the award?
Yes. For the current policies and regulations related to employment during award tenure or while on an approved leave of absence, please consult the Tri-Agency Research Training Award Holder’s Guide.
24. Can I hold other awards simultaneously?
You may not concurrently hold an award from SSHRC and an award from another federal research granting agency (the Canadian Institutes of Health Research or the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council). We do not limit awards from other sources (e.g., foreign sources, Canadian provinces, private organizations, your university), regardless of value. For more information, see the Eligibility section of the Doctoral Awards funding opportunity description, and the guidelines regarding multiple applications.
25. Whom can I contact for help if my question is not answered by these FAQs?
Applicants requiring assistance in the preparation of their Doctoral Award application are encouraged to communicate with SSHRC’s Research Training Portfolio well in advance of the application deadline.