Department of National Defence MINDS Scholarship Initiative

A joint initiative of:

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and

Department of National Defence

2019-20 competitions

Overview
Funding streams Value Duration Results announced Associated funding opportunity and application deadline Footnote *

MINDS Master’s Scholarships for Indigenous Students

$17,500

12 months

Fall 2020

Canada Graduate Scholarships—Master’s (CGS-M) program competition

Deadline: December 1, 2019

MINDS Initiative Doctoral Awards

$35,000 per year

Up to 36 months

Fall 2020

SSHRC Doctoral Awards competition (Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Doctoral Scholarships and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships)

Applications submitted through a Canadian postsecondary institution with a quota: the institution sets the deadline.

Applications submitted directly to SSHRC: October 17, 2019

MINDS Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowships

$45,000 per year

Up to 24 months

Fall 2020

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships competition

Deadline: September 18, 2019

MINDS Scholarship Initiative Supplements

$10,000

12 months

Fall 2020

CGS-M Program competition, SSHRC Doctoral Awards competition and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships competition

Refer to the relevant funding opportunity’s application deadline


Table of Contents


The Department of National Defence’s Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) program is committed to fostering the next generation of security and defence scholars in the Canadian academic community and encouraging a strong Canadian knowledge base in contemporary defence and security issues. To this end, the MINDS program has partnered with SSHRC to deliver the MINDS Scholarship Initiative.

The MINDS Scholarship Initiative offers research training awards and supplements at the master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral levels to social sciences and humanities students and researchers whose work is related to one or more of the MINDS Policy Challenges and/or Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged (PDF, 13.5 MB).

Research Areas

For details on the research areas relevant to the MINDS Scholarship Initiative, applicants should consult:

  • the MINDS Policy Challenges, which represent key issue areas where DND and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) could benefit from external expertise to challenge or complement their thinking; and
  • Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.

Examples of research areas that could be considered for funding under this initiative include, but are not limited to, the following: recruitment and retention; diversity in the CAF; hybrid warfare; defence and security cooperation; cyber and space domains; emerging technologies; geopolitics; international defence relations; peacekeeping and peace support operations; Arctic security; and the defence and security implications of climate change.

Critical research perspectives, which may challenge or invite a reformulation of the policy themes and terms outlined in the MINDS Policy Challenges and Canada’s defence policy, are welcome.

The MINDS program is committed to reflecting key Government of Canada priorities in the work it delivers, ensuring the incorporation of Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+). GBA+ requires the incorporation of diverse viewpoints. This means that deliberate efforts should be made to mitigate unintended bias related to intersecting identity factors (including, but not limited to, age, gender, ethnicity, race, disability, religion and geographic region). Applying a GBA+ lens to research ensures the problem is considered from multiple perspectives, supporting more inclusive research questions and results.

There are four streams of funding under this initiative:

  • MINDS Master’s Scholarships for Indigenous Students: $17,500 for 12 months, in addition to the value of the CGS-M award;
  • MINDS Initiative Doctoral Awards: $35,000 per year for a maximum of 36 months;
  • MINDS Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowships: $45,000 per year for a maximum of 24 months; and
  • MINDS Scholarship Initiative supplements: $10,000 for 12 months, in addition to the value of the CGS-M award, the SSHRC Doctoral Award (Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Doctoral Scholarship or SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship) or the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship.

To be eligible to apply to each of the funding streams, candidates must be working in research areas that are related to one or more of the MINDS Policy Challenges and/or Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.

The requirements listed below for each stream also apply.

  • To be eligible to apply for a MINDS Master’s Scholarship for Indigenous Students, candidates must:
    • first be eligible to apply to the CGS-M competition, under the “social sciences and/or humanities field of research” stream; and
    • self-identify as Indigenous.
  • To be eligible to apply for a MINDS Initiative Doctoral Award, candidates must first be eligible to apply to the SSHRC Doctoral Awards competition.
  • To be eligible to apply for a MINDS Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowship, candidates must first be eligible to apply to the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships competition.
  • To be eligible to apply for a MINDS Scholarship Initiative Supplement, candidates must first be eligible to apply to one of the following funding opportunities:
    • CGS-M competition
    • SSHRC Doctoral Awards competition
    • SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships competition

MINDS Master’s Scholarships for Indigenous Students

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for this stream of funding must apply through the CGS-M competition by selecting the “MINDS Master’s Scholarships for Indigenous Students” option from the drop-down menu in the “Supplements/Joint Initiatives” section of the application form, under the “social sciences and/or humanities” field of research.

Applicants will be asked to submit a personal statement and a statement of thematic relevance.

  • In their personal statement, applicants must describe how their experience as a member of an Indigenous community and their existing connection, or efforts to develop or re-establish a link, with that community have shaped and will inform their proposed research project.
  • In their statement of thematic relevance, applicants must describe how their proposed research project is related to one or more of the MINDS Policy Challenges and/or Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.

Note: Applicants will be asked to self-identify as Indigenous. They will also be asked to consent to this information being used by SSHRC and shared with DND as part of their application to the MINDS Master’s Scholarships for Indigenous Students. SSHRC will not share candidates’ personal statements with DND.

MINDS Initiative Doctoral Awards

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for this stream of funding must apply through the SSHRC Doctoral Awards competition by selecting the “MINDS Scholarships Initiative” option from the drop-down menu in their application form.

Applicants must also provide a one-page justification that explains how their proposed research project is related to one or more of the MINDS Policy Challenges and/or Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.

MINDS Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowships

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for this stream of funding must apply through the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships competition by selecting the “MINDS Scholarships Initiative” option from the drop-down menu in their application form.

Applicants must also provide a one-page justification that explains how their proposed research project is related to one or more of the MINDS Policy Challenges and/or Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.

MINDS Scholarship Initiative Supplements

Applicants in the CGS-M competition who meet the eligibility requirements for this stream of funding must apply by selecting the “MINDS Scholarship Initiative Supplements” option from the drop-down menu in the “Supplements/Joint Initiatives” section of the application form, under the “social sciences and/or humanities” field of research.

Note: Applicants in the CGS-M competition who are eligible for the MINDS Scholarship Initiative Supplements and the MINDS Master’s Scholarships for Indigenous Students may apply to both streams of funding; however, if applicants are selected to receive funding, they will be offered either the supplement or scholarship and not both.

Recipients of a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Doctoral Scholarship or SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship who applied for a MINDS Initiative Doctoral Award or Postdoctoral Fellowship will be considered for the MINDS Scholarship Initiative Supplements, to the limit of available funding. There is no separate application process for the MINDS Scholarship Initiative supplements.

Applications to the CGS-M competition are adjudicated first by institutional selection committees, as outlined in the CGS-M program’s webpage on the competition’s selection process. Applications submitted to the SSHRC Doctoral Awards competition and the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships competition are adjudicated first by the relevant SSHRC selection committee. Selection committees do not review the documents (statements, justifications) submitted as part of the MINDS Scholarship Initiative application. After this adjudication phase, the review processes outlined below are followed for each of the initiative’s funding streams.

MINDS Master’s Scholarships for Indigenous Students

To be considered for a MINDS Master’s Scholarship for Indigenous Students, candidates must first be successful in the CGS-M competition.

SSHRC staff will review personal statements and statements of thematic relevance to ensure that candidates have provided the requested information, in line with the instructions outlined in the Application Process section.

MINDS Initiative Doctoral Awards and Postdoctoral Fellowships

To ensure that candidates have provided the requested information, in line with the application instructions, SSHRC staff will review the one-page justifications of candidates whose SSHRC applications were judged meritorious through SSHRC’s merit review process.

MINDS Scholarship Initiative Supplements

To be considered for a MINDS Scholarship Initiative Supplement, candidates must first be successful in the CGS-M competition, the SSHRC Doctoral Awards competition, or the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships competition.

SSHRC staff will review statements of thematic relevance or justifications to ensure that candidates have provided the requested information, in line with the application instructions.

Review by DND

Upon validating the alignment of candidates’ statements with the instructions, SSHRC will forward to DND eligible applications for the four funding streams for a relevance review and ranking.

MINDS Scholarship Initiative awards and supplements will be offered to eligible candidates whose proposals are deemed by DND to be the most relevant to its research areas. The awards and supplements will be offered to the limit of available funding.

Conditions of funding

To hold a MINDS Master’s Scholarship for Indigenous Students, recipients must hold an active SSHRC-funded CGS-M award (Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Master’s Scholarship). The MINDS Master’s Scholarship for Indigenous Students may be held simultaneously with the CGS-M award.

The MINDS Initiative Doctoral Award and Postdoctoral Fellowship may not be held simultaneously with a SSHRC award. If a SSHRC award holder accepts a MINDS Initiative Doctoral Award or Postdoctoral Fellowship, this award will replace their SSHRC award.

To hold a MINDS Scholarship Initiative supplement, recipients must hold an active Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Master’s Scholarship, SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Doctoral Scholarship, or SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship.

All MINDS Scholarship Initiative award and supplement holders must accept the terms and conditions of their MINDS award or supplement, as set out in the Notice of Award (including attachments). They must also adhere to all the terms and conditions attached to their SSHRC or CGS award.

To maintain eligibility for a MINDS Scholarship Initiative award or supplement, the research of award and supplement holders must remain within the priority areas of the MINDS Policy Challenges or Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.

Reporting requirements for each funding stream will be outlined in the Notice of Award.

SSHRC reserves the right to determine the eligibility of applications, based on the information therein. SSHRC also reserves the right to interpret the regulations and policies governing its funding opportunities.

For descriptions of SSHRC terms, see Definitions of Terms.

All fellowship and scholarship applicants and holders must comply with the Regulations Governing Fellowship and Scholarship Applications and with the regulations set out in the Tri-Agency Research Training Award Holder’s Guide.

For more information, contact:

Tel.: 613-943-7777
Email: fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca


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