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 researchers 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 researchers 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 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).


SSHRC offers a number of supplements; these supplements are intended to provide additional support for high-calibre Canadian graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

Note: There is no separate application process for supplements. Applicants must, however, indicate their desire to be considered for a supplement, should one be available for the funding opportunity to which they are applying. To be considered for a supplement, applicants must make a selection from the appropriate drop-down menu in their application form. They must also provide an explanation of why their research should be considered for a supplement.

Following the merit review process, the highest-ranked eligible candidate for each supplement will be selected as the recipient. SSHRC will inform successful applicants of the decision to award a supplement.

Supplements 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. At the time of application, candidates registered in the first year of, or who intend to enrol in, such a program are considered eligible.

Supplements 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 by the Royal Society of Canada to three women of outstanding academic qualifications in the arts and humanities, social sciences or science who are entering a career in scholarship or research at the postdoctoral level. The recipients are chosen from the current year’s female winners of postdoctoral fellowships from the three granting agencies—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and SSHRC.

Aboriginal Talent

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.

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, 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:

  • SSHRC partners with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)’s International Law Research Program to support postdoctoral social sciences and humanities research and related activities, in the areas of international economic, intellectual property, environmental and/or Indigenous law. Doctoral students completing their SJD/PhD in law, and those who have completed such a degree in the last two years, may be eligible to be considered for these fellowships. Each fellowship is valued at up to $80,500 per year, to a maximum of 24 months. For more information, please visit the CIGI website. To be considered for the CIGI funding opportunity, applicants must make a selection from the appropriate drop-down menu in their application form. They must also explain why their research should be considered for the CIGI International Law Research Program.
  • For the past several years, SSHRC has partnered with the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Sport Participation Research Initiative to provide additional support through 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.