Government of Canada Announces Research Scholarships, Grants and Partnerships for Humanities and Social Sciences

Investments in social sciences and humanities research will foster collaboration across sectors and create a strong basis for informed decision-making

December 16, 2015 - Ottawa, Ontario—The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, today announced investments of more than $266 million for 2015-2016, supporting research and research training in the fields of social sciences and humanities.

The funded research projects, taking place at institutions across Canada, examine a variety of topics. For example:

  • With her Partnership Grant, York University’s Jennifer Jenson leads an international network of partners from industry and academia, examining the participation and visibility of women as both players and creators of digital games.
  • Betty Bastien from the University of Calgary is using her Insight Grant funding to develop culturally informed training practices for social services workers in Indigenous communities, with the goals of strengthening natural support systems, reducing levels of violence and improving general well-being.
  • The University of British Columbia’s Ildiko Kovacs will use Canada Graduate Scholarships doctoral funding, awarded under SSHRC’s Talent program, to engage Vancouver teens in developing youth-friendly recommendations for municipal transportation planning strategies.

The funds are administered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) under its Talent Program, and its Partnership, Partnership Development, Insight and Insight Development Grants.

Quick Facts

  • Today’s announcement will provide support for 820 new grants and some 2,500 new fellowships and scholarships.
  • SSHRC currently funds 212 multidisciplinary, intersectoral partnerships, involving 46 postsecondary institutions across Canada and 1,431 partner organizations from 60 countries around the world.
  • SSHRC is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Through its programs, SSHRC contributes to innovations that will improve the lives of Canadians, and works to develop talented leaders for all sectors of society.
  • SSHRC disburses more than $345 million in funding annually to support more than 8,300 research projects.


“Through investments like those announced today, the Government of Canada is demonstrating its commitment to science and research. These grants will contribute to building a strong social sciences and humanities research base in Canada while enriching knowledge and fostering partnerships.”

—The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

"By funding these research initiatives and large-scale partnerships, SSHRC is supporting research and talent that are central to quality of life and innovation, and to developing Canada’s future leaders in all sectors of society. These initiatives, many of them leveraging public, private and not-for-profit involvement and investment, will generate insights into pressing societal issues, ensuring a better future for Canada and the world."

—Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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Christopher Walters
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