Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarships, and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships
November 2016 Competition
||Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships: $35,000 per year
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships: $20,000 per year
||Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships: 36 months
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships: 12, 24, 36 or 48 months
|Application deadline *
||Direct applications: November 4, 2016
University applications: January 9, 2017
||Application and instructions
* Note: If a deadline falls on a weekend or a Canadian public holiday, the online application system will remain open until 8 p.m. (eastern time) on the next business day.
The SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Doctoral Scholarships aim to develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in undergraduate and graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities. Applicants apply for both awards by completing one application form. If you are eligible for both awards, SSHRC will automatically consider you for both.
These funding opportunities, together with the CGS Master’s Scholarships, the Vanier CGS, the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships and the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, help train Canada’s researchers and leaders of tomorrow.
Most Canadian universities receive a quota indicating the number of students they can nominate for the national competition. Students registered in a degree program at a university that did not receive a quota must apply directly to SSHRC. If you are interested in a research experience outside of Canada and hold a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS master’s or doctoral scholarship, or a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) at the doctoral level, you may be eligible to apply for a CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement.
Some Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients may be considered for the honour of having their scholarship named a “Canada Graduate Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela,” should SSHRC deem their application to be aligned with at least one of five themes championed by Mandela: national unity; democracy; freedom and human rights; leadership; children’s participation in society; and children’s health.
SSHRC welcomes applications involving Aboriginal research, as well as those involving research-creation.
For a complete list of SSHRC funding opportunities that may be of interest to doctoral students, please use the Funding search tool and select “Graduate student” as the type of applicant.
Future Challenge Areas
SSHRC invites all applicants to review Imagining Canada’s Future’s six future challenge areas and subquestions, and to consider addressing one or more of these areas in their research proposal. While this is not an evaluation criterion for merit review, research that addresses one or more of the future challenge areas further positions the value of the social sciences and humanities to meet Canada’s future, long-term societal challenges and opportunities.
SSHRC monitors research capacity in these areas, and develops and implements strategies and knowledge mobilization activities, including a series of Knowledge Synthesis Grants funding opportunities, to enhance the contribution of humanities and social sciences research across the six challenge areas.
Value and Duration
Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships are valued at $35,000 per year for 36 months.
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships are valued at $20,000 per year for 12, 24, 36 or 48 months.
SSHRC determines the value and duration of an award based on the number of months of full-time study (or equivalent) the applicant will have completed by December 31 of the year of application.
For both the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships and the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships, applicants successful in the current competition must take up their awards in May 2017, September 2017 or January 2018. The January start date is available only to award holders who cannot begin their degree program earlier, either because of an incomplete previous degree or because their chosen degree program is not available until the later date.
In calculating the value and duration of awards, SSHRC includes all prior doctoral-level studies in the same discipline.
This applies whether or not the degree was completed and whether or not the current university recognizes the previous credits or years of study.
SSHRC assumes that all studies were full time and uninterrupted (e.g., that the beginning of September 2015 to the end of December 2016 means 16 months of study). Students who studied on a part-time basis, or who interrupted their studies with their university’s official approval, must specify the dates of interruption or part-time study as documented in an official letter from their university, to be included with the application.
The following table shows the periods of support applicable to students at different stages of doctoral (or equivalent) study.
|Number of months completed by December 31 of the year of application
||Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship
||SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
|Applicants who will have completed between 0 and 4 months
||36 months of funding
||48 months of funding
|Applicants who will have completed between
5 and 16 months
||36 months of funding
|36 months of funding
|Applicants who will have completed between
17 and 28 months
||24 months of funding
|Applicants who will have completed
between 29 and 40 months
||12 months of funding
|Applicants who will have completed
41 months or more
Most SSHRC funding is awarded through open competitions. Proposals may involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding. Please see Subject Matter Eligibility for more information.
Eligibility to Apply
To qualify to apply to both the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships funding opportunities, you must:
- be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
- be applying for support to pursue your first PhD (or equivalent);
- be pursuing doctoral studies in the social sciences or humanities;
- 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 to undertake or complete a doctoral degree; and
- not be applying in the 2016-17 academic year to NSERC or CIHR.
At the time of application, you need not be assured of admission to a degree program.
Combined MA/PhD, fast-track and direct-entry PhD programs
- If you are or will be registered in a combined MA/PhD, fast-track (accelerating from a master’s program into a doctoral program without obtaining the master’s degree) or direct-entry PhD program, you may be eligible to apply for a CGS Master’s Scholarship provided you have completed between zero and 12 months of graduate-level study by December 31 of the year of application.
- If you are currently registered in a combined MA/PhD, fast-track or direct-entry PhD program, and have or will have completed more than 12 months or more of graduate-level study by December 31 of the year of application, you can only apply to the Doctoral Awards funding opportunity.
Eligibility to Hold an Award
Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships are tenable only at
in Canada. There are no exceptions.
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships are tenable at any recognized university in Canada or abroad. For the fellowship to be held abroad, the award holder must have completed at least one previous degree at a Canadian university. For award holders who do not meet this requirement, the fellowships are tenable only at recognized Canadian postsecondary institutions.
On the proposed start date of the award, you must:
- be registered as a full-time student, undertaking or continuing a doctoral, combined MA/PhD, fast-track or direct-entry doctoral program in the social sciences or humanities; and
- not have exceeded the allowable number of months already spent in doctoral study, as set out in Value and Duration above.
Doctoral Awards are available to students who are registered part time because of a disability or family responsibilities. For this purpose, “disability” is defined as “a functional limitation resulting from a physical, sensory or mental impairment, which, for an indefinite period, affects the ability of the student to perform the activities necessary to participate fully in his or her learning.”
Award holders may not hold full-time employment during the tenure of their award.
Federal government employees are eligible to hold an award only if they are on an unpaid leave of absence (no salary or special allowances permitted).
Qualifying or “make-up” years of study are not eligible.
Eligibility of Degree Programs
Doctoral Awards are tenable only in degree programs that include significant original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of a dissertation, major scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit that, as a requirement for completion of the program, is merit reviewed at the institutional level.
Candidates eligible for both a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship and a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship will be considered for both awards. All candidates will be assigned a rank order on the basis of the selection committees’ recommendations. Top-ranked candidates will receive an offer of award. Whether the offer is for a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship or a choice of either will depend upon the candidate’s overall ranking and the relevant eligibility criteria.
In order to apply, you must do the following:
- Ensure that you meet the requirements specified in the Eligibility and Value and Duration sections (above).
- Complete and submit only one application form, together with the required attachments. Application instructions can be found inside your online application.
- Determine your current registration status from the table below, and submit your completed application to the appropriate institution.
Note: Applicants requiring assistance while preparing their Doctoral Award application are encouraged to communicate with SSHRC’s Research Training Portfolio well in advance of the application deadline.
||Where to Submit Application
|In fall 2016, you are registered in a degree program at, or on an approved leave of absence from, a Canadian university with a quota.
||The university at which you are currently registered.
|In fall 2016, you are registered in a degree program at a Canadian university without a quota.
|In fall 2016, you are registered in a degree program at a foreign university.*
|In fall 2016, you are not registered in a degree program at a university, but intend to undertake doctoral studies.
*Students registered concurrently at a Canadian and a foreign university must submit their application to the Canadian university, if that university has a quota.
Evaluation and Adjudication
SSHRC’s Guidelines for the Merit Review of Aboriginal Research are relevant for researchers (applicants and project directors) and students preparing SSHRC applications related to Aboriginal research. SSHRC provides these guidelines to merit reviewers to help build general understanding of Aboriginal research and research-related activities, and to assist committee members in interpreting SSHRC’s specific evaluation criteria in the context of Aboriginal research. SSHRC relies on a community of merit reviewers with experience and expertise in Aboriginal research to judge the extent to which the guidelines may be applied to a particular research proposal. The guidelines may also be of use to external assessors, postsecondary institutions and partner organizations that support Aboriginal research.
committees evaluate applicants solely on academic merit, measured
- past academic results, as demonstrated by transcripts, awards and distinctions;
- the program of study and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge;
- relevant professional and academic experience, including research training, as demonstrated by conference presentations and scholarly publications;
- two written evaluations from referees; and
- the departmental appraisal (for those registered at Canadian universities).
| For applicants registered at a
|| For applicants not registered at a
|Step 1: The student submits his or her completed application to the relevant department head on or before the deadline set by the department.
||Step 1: On or before November 4, 2016, the applicant submits to SSHRC his or her completed application.
|Step 2: Members of the department appraise and rank all applications, then forward them, in their entirety, to the university's faculty of graduate studies. SSHRC recognizes that some universities may have to do a preliminary preselection at the department level because of the large number of applications involved.
|| Step 2: SSHRC staff reviews all applications and forwards those eligible to one of five
|Step 3: The faculty of graduate studies preselection committee evaluates all applications by dividing them into two categories: A-list applications, which are recommended; and B-list applications, which are not. The faculty of graduate studies informs all applicants in writing of the outcome of their applications.
|| Step 3:
evaluate all eligible applications by dividing them into two categories: A-list applications, which are recommended; and B-list applications, which are not. SSHRC informs all applicants in writing of the outcome of their applications.
|Step 4: All A-list applications are entered into the national competition, where they are evaluated by one of five multidisciplinary selection committees. SSHRC will announce the competition results in spring 2017. Competition results are not provided by telephone or email.
Regulations, Policies and Related Information
SSHRC reserves the right to determine the eligibility of applications based on the information therein. SSHRC also reserves the right to interpret the regulations governing its funding opportunities set out in its published materials.
All applicants and fellowship holders must comply with the Regulations Governing Fellowship and Scholarship Applications and with the regulations set out in the appropriate award holder’s guide.
Guidelines and Related Support Material
All applicants for SSHRC funding should consult the following guidelines while preparing their applications:
Aboriginal applicants and Aboriginal research
SSHRC is implementing several pilot measures intended to support research by and with Aboriginal Peoples. These are aimed at supporting graduate students or postdoctoral researchers applying for, respectively, SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships, Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships or SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships. The pilot measures include:
- an opportunity for applicants to self-identify as Aboriginal, allowing SSHRC to track and assess participation and success rates for First Nations, Métis, Inuit and other Indigenous doctoral and postdoctoral applicants (note: this information is not used in the adjudication process);
- an opportunity to identify a proposed program of study as Aboriginal research, such that SSHRC’s Guidelines for the Merit Review of Aboriginal Research will apply; and
- an opportunity to identify and detail additional special circumstances that might impact the academic careers of some Aboriginal applicants.
To learn more, please consult Aboriginal Talent Measures.
SSHRC welcomes feedback and questions on any or all of these pilot measures.
For more information about the Doctoral Awards funding opportunity, please visit the Resource Centre.
Research Training Portfolio
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
350 Albert Street
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