COVID-19 Update

COVID-19: Impact on SSHRC programs, experts database and perspectives from our community.

Facts and Figures

From April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, SSHRC received 13,900 funding applications and awarded more than 5,300 new grants and fellowships.

Over the course of competitions, more than 900 people participated in Talent, Insight and Connection merit review committees, and SSHRC received over 3,200 external assessments of project proposals, in addition to thousands of reference letters for scholarship and fellowship applications.

Additional competition results from the 2020-21 fiscal year are included below.

A number of competitions also took place in April and early May 2021, with results to be released in the coming months.

These online interactive dashboards provide overviews of SSHRC's investments and competition results. The dashboards will be updated regularly and include filters for customizing a search.

Note: For the best user experience, set your display scaling to 100%. If the images glitch (e.g., overlapping text), reopen the dashboard with your browser set to incognito mode. We are currently working with Microsoft Power BI to address issues. Setting issues remain outside our team’s control.

COVID-19 Research

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on SSHRC applications and awards

Updated: December 7, 2022

This dynamic, accessible dashboard shows pre- to post-pandemic views. They are part of SSHRC’s efforts to monitor and understand COVID-19’s possible long-term impacts on social sciences and humanities research and support.

Launch Dashboard

SSHRC-funded researchers with expertise on the human dimensions of the pandemic

Updated: August 29th, 2022

SSHRC has developed a dynamic and accessible database highlighting SSHRC-funded researchers with expertise on the human dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as on longer-term recovery and resilience.

Launch Dashboard


SSHRC’s investments

Updated: August 2, 2022

Launch Dashboard

Competition results

Updated: August 11, 2022

Launch Dashboard

Equity, diversity and inclusion

Updated: July 25, 2022

Launch Dashboard


Total number of applications received
(including non-eligible applications)

  • Number of grant applications received: 5,300
  • Number of fellowship applications received 8,600


Total number of new awards

  • New grant awards: 2,400
  • New Fellowships and scholarships: 2,900

Attracting, retaining and supporting students and researchers in the social sciences and humanities

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program

  • Master's scholarships awarded: 1,513
  • Doctoral scholarships awarded: 516
    • 66% to first-year students
    • 34% to second-year students

Canada Graduate Scholarships

  • Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements awarded: 67
  • Vanier Scholarships: 179 eligible applications received, 55 scholarships awarded

Doctoral Fellowships

  • SSHRC: 2,586 eligible applications received, 540 fellowships awarded

Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • SSHRC: 751 eligible applications received, 160 fellowships awarded
  • Banting: 162 eligible applications received, 23 fellowships awarded

Building new knowledge in the social sciences and humanities

Insight Grants

  • 1,213 eligible applications received
  • 637 grants awards
  • 53% success rate
  • average grant value: $163,267
  • $104,001,032 awarded total, to be issued over five years and supporting some 2,197 researchers and collaborators

Insight Development Grants

  • 563 grants awarded in 2020
  • 1,256 eligible applications received for the February 2020 intake

Mobilizing social sciences and humanities knowledge

Connection Grants

  • 309 applications received
  • 237 grants awarded

Encouraging collaborative research by supporting talent, fostering insight and building new connections

Partnership Development Grants

  • 135 eligible applications received
  • 96 grants awarded

Partnership Engage Grants

  • 305 eligible applications received
  • 227 grants awarded

Partnership Grants—Stage 1

  • 75 eligible applications received
  • 25 grants awarded

Partnership Grants—Stage 2

  • 25 eligible applications received
  • 19 grants awarded

Partnership Engage Grants—COVID-19 Special Initiative

  • 396 eligible applications received
  • 294 grants awarded

Breakdown of partners by sector

Breakdown of partners by sector
Government Industry Not-for-profit Postsecondary
13% 8% 42% 37%
  • SSHRC funds more than 1,465 international researchers, representing 91 different countries
  • SSHRC works with 341 international partners
    • 33% of Partnership Development Grants involved at least one international partner
    • 7% of Partnership Engagement Grants involved at least one international partner
    • 89% of Partnership Grants involved at least one international partner
  • 20% of postdoctoral fellows held their awards abroad
  • 24% of Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships are held by international students
  • 13% of Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are held by international students
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