Talent Program

Funding Opportunities
Future Challenge Areas
Related Initiatives
Multi-Agency Research Funding Collaboration


The goal of the Talent program is to support students and postdoctoral fellows in order to develop the next generation of researchers and leaders across society, both within academia and across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.


The Talent program promotes the acquisition of research skills, and assists in the training of highly qualified personnel in the social sciences and humanities. In this way, SSHRC fosters the development of talented and creative people who will become leaders across campuses and communities, and thereby contribute to Canada’s success in the globalized 21st century.


The objectives of the Talent program are to:

  • support the development of the best or most promising highly qualified personnel with social sciences and humanities research and professional skills;
  • support the best or most promising social sciences and humanities students and postdoctoral fellows selected through an adjudication process;
  • support students and scholars in gaining exposure to international social sciences and humanities scholarship; and
  • mobilize social sciences and humanities knowledge that has the potential to lead to intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit and impact.

Funding Opportunities

For the most up-to-date information, please consult SSHRC’s complete list of funding opportunities.

For Master’s Students

For Doctoral Students

For Postdoctoral Researchers

  • SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for individuals undertaking full-time research following the successful completion of their doctoral studies.
  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support to Canadian and international researchers who have recently completed a PhD-equivalent or health professional degree.

For Formal Partnerships

  • Partnership Grants provide support to new or existing formal partnerships for initiatives that advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities. These grants are typically valued at $500,000 to $2.5 million over four to seven years.

SSHRC Impact Awards

SSHRC Impact Awards recognize outstanding researchers and students by celebrating their achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities funded partially or completely by SSHRC.

Postsecondary institutions eligible to administer SSHRC funding are invited to put forward nominations for the following awards: the Gold Medal ($100,000); the Talent Award ($50,000); the Insight Award ($50,000); the Connection Award ($50,000); and the Partnership Award ($50,000).

Supplemental Awards

A number of SSHRC funding opportunities also offer supplemental awards for outstanding achievement in different areas. In each case, successful applicants to the funding opportunity itself are automatically considered for any associated supplemental awards. As such, there is no separate application process for the supplementary awards, and SSHRC will inform successful applicants of the award decisions.

For Doctoral Award applicants

  • Aileen D. Ross Fellowship: A $10,000 supplement is awarded yearly to a SSHRC doctoral award recipient conducting poverty-related research in sociology.
  • Queen’s Fellowship: A $10,000 supplement is awarded yearly to a SSHRC doctoral award recipient entering a Canadian Studies program at a Canadian postsecondary institution.

For SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants

  • Jules and Gabrielle Léger Fellowship: A $10,000 supplement is awarded yearly to a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient conducting research on the historical and contemporary contribution of the Crown to the life of the country.
  • Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights Research: A $10,000 supplement is awarded yearly to a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient conducting research in the field of human rights.
  • Alice Wilson Award: A $1,000 award is offered yearly to each of three female postdoctoral award recipients selected from across the three federal research granting agencies.

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 the social sciences and humanities across the six challenge areas.

Related Initiatives

SSHRC partners with other organizations to offer several joint initiatives that complement SSHRC’s Talent, Insight and Connection programs. SSHRC also collaborates with other organizations to foster links with social sciences and humanities students and researchers whose work is related to the organizations’ priorities:

  • For the past several years, SSHRC has partnered with the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Sports Canada Participation Initiative to provide additional support for doctoral and postdoctoral award supplements.
  • SSHRC invites SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship holders and applicants to connect with the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, to explore the possibility of organizing a residency with one of the consortium’s centres or institutes. Consortium member residencies can help SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship holders strengthen their research, and can provide them with new research training and career development opportunities.

Multi-Agency Research Funding Collaboration

SSHRC is also working with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation, to enhance co-ordination of the agencies’ programs, activities and policies. For more information, please consult Multi-Agency Research Funding Collaboration.