Talent Program

Funding Opportunities
Related Initiatives


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 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 celebrate their achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities funded partially or completely by SSHRC.

SSHRC-eligible postsecondary institutions are invited to put forward nominations for all SSHRC Impact Award categories: Talent, Insight, Connection, Partnership and the Gold Medal. Each institution may submit only one nomination for each award in a given year, for a maximum of five SSHRC Impact Award nominations annually.

Valued at $50,000 to $100,000, Impact Awards span from one to five years, depending on the prize.

Related Initiatives

SSHRC partners with other organizations to offer several joint initiatives that complement SSHRC’s Talent, Insight and Connection programs.

SSHRC also collaborates directly with other organizations to foster links with social sciences and humanities students and researchers whose work is related to the organizations’ priorities. Current opportunities include:

  • 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.

  • For the 2014 Doctoral Awards competition, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission will sponsor one Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Doctoral Scholarship for a successful applicant undertaking research in the social sciences and humanities on a topic related to the regulation of peaceful nuclear activities in Canada.

Please consult SSHRC’s complete list of funding opportunities for the most up-to-date information on all SSHRC funding opportunities.