What’s in an application?—SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

A SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships application consists of the following documents:

  1. Completed Online SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships Application Form
  2. Completed Online SSHRC CV
  3. Non-Tenure Teaching Appointment Letter (if applicable)
  4. Program of Work (maximum 4 pages)
  5. Bibliography and Citations
  6. Tenure Location Justification (if applicable, maximum 1 page)
  7. Letters of Appraisal (2 letters)
  8. Research Appraisal
  9. Institutional Nomination
  10. Allowable Inclusions (if applicable, maximum 1 page)
  11. Research Contributions (maximum 2 pages)

Note: Your application cannot be submitted without all supporting documentation.




1. Completed Online SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships Application Form

A completed application should address all evaluation criteria presented in the funding opportunity description.

The SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships application form consists of the following sections:

  • application title;
  • preferred adjudication committee;
  • supplement (if applicable);
  • teaching appointment (see “3. Non-tenure Appointment Letter” below, if applicable); and
  • applicant information (information listed here is shared with the online SSHRC CV discussed below, although a different affiliation can be entered here if necessary).



2. Completed Online SSHRC CV

Complete this form and ensure that all information is accurate and up-to-date.




3. Non-Tenure Teaching Appointment Letter (if applicable)

If you hold a teaching appointment, you must upload to your application a letter from a university official confirming that you do not hold a tenure or tenure-track position. Please note that we will also accept a scanned copy of your contract. Neither the letter nor the contract will be visible to committee members.




4. Program of work (maximum 4 pages)

You must upload a copy of your program of work to your application. In writing your proposal, remember that you are addressing a multidisciplinary evaluation committee. Avoid jargon, acronyms and highly technical terms.

You must also ensure that your program of work includes the following:

  • State the title and subject of your doctoral thesis and discuss the relationship of your doctoral thesis to your proposed research. If the two areas of research are closely related, explain how your proposed research will develop or expand your thesis. If the areas of research are not related, describe your proposed area of research.
  • Outline your plans for achieving your research objectives. Clearly describe your theoretical approach and your methodology.
  • Justify your choice of the proposed university or research institution.
  • If applicable, indicate any other institution with which you will be affiliated, and provide a justification.
  • If your proposed research is related to health or psychology, justify your submission of this proposal to SSHRC (rather than to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council or Canadian Institutes of Health Research), based on SSHRC’s guidelines [Subject Matter Eligibility].
  • If the output of your proposed research is an artistic creation, indicate clearly the research component of your proposed work. Outline the objectives of your research, the context, methodology, and contribution to the advancement of knowledge.



5. Bibliography and Citations (no page limit)

You must provide:

  • a bibliography for your proposed program of work (do not include endnotes); and
  • bibliographic details for all citations included in your program of work (ensure that they are clear and complete, to allow reviewers to locate the sources easily).



6. Tenure Location Justification (if applicable, maximum 1 page)

If you are proposing to remain at the same university where you received your PhD, use this space to explain this decision.




7. Letters of Appraisal (2 letters)

One of the two letters of appraisal must be completed by an acknowledged specialist in your proposed area of research, and the other by someone who can comment on your past and potential contribution to research (normally, your PhD supervisor).

In both letters, referees must assess and comment on the following:

Applicant’s track record

  • past and potential contributions to scholarly research; and
  • importance to the discipline of the journals in which the applicant has published, and/or the candidate’s prospects for publication.

Applicant’s program of work

  • originality;
  • significance and feasibility;
  • strengths and weaknesses of the program of work;
  • appropriateness of the proposed institutional affiliation; and
  • applicant’s proficiency in the foreign language(s) necessary to pursue the program of work (if applicable).

Comments should focus on the proposal, its theoretical framework, the relation of the proposal to the field, and the methodology.




8. Research Appraisal

The Research Appraisal form must be completed by the proposed research supervisor at the institution where you plan to hold your award.

The research supervisor must describe:

  • how your project relates to the research interests and strengths of your proposed department;
  • how they will serve as a mentor; and
  • what you will be able to offer as a research fellow.



9. Institutional Nomination

The Institutional Nomination form must:

  • be completed by the head of the department or their designate at your proposed institution of affiliation;
  • describe the available expertise and research environment; and
  • explain how you will:
    • be integrated into departmental activities; and
    • contribute to academic life (e.g., course[s] you will teach [maximum one full course per year], the infrastructure the institution will provide, etc.).

Note: The above may include, for example:

  • academic/administrative mentoring
  • course(s) to teach
  • office facilities
  • library privileges
  • computer access



10. Allowable Inclusions (if applicable, maximum 1 page)

If applicable, upload a document containing the following information:

  1. If you received your PhD between October 1, 2008, and October 1, 2011, confirm the dates that you interrupted your research career for the purposes of maternity, childrearing, illness, or health-related family responsibilities.
  2. Explain briefly any interruptions or delays to your research or professional career, your record of research achievement, or the completion of your degrees due to administrative responsibilities or family- or health-related reasons. Specify the dates of the delay or interruption.



11. Research Contributions (maximum 2 pages)

You must upload a document listing your research contributions. Provide details, as appropriate, on the contributions you listed, as follows:

  • In the left margin, identify refereed publications with an "R". A refereed work is assessed:
    • in its entirety—not merely an abstract or extract;
    • before publication; and
    • by appropriately independent, anonymous, qualified experts. ("Independent" in this context means at arm's length from the author.)
  • Specify your role in co-authored publications.
  • For published contributions, provide complete bibliographic details (including co-authors, title, publisher, journal, volume, date of publication, page numbers, etc.) as they appear in the original publication.
  • For publications in languages other than French or English, provide a translation of the title and the name of the publication.