COVID-19 Update

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

Facts and Figures

From April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, SSHRC received 14,400 funding applications and awarded more than 5,100 new grants and fellowships.

Over the course of competitions, more than 950 people participated in Talent, Insight and Connection merit review committees, and SSHRC received over 3,500 external assessments of project proposals, in addition to thousands of reference letters for scholarship and fellowship applications.

Additional competition results from the 2018-19 fiscal year are included below.

A number of competitions also took place in April and early May 2019, with results to be released in the coming months.

These online interactive dashboards provide overviews of SSHRC's investments and competition results. The dashboards are updated annually and include filters for customizing your searches. If you have questions about interpreting the data presented, contact

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To support response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SSHRC has developed a dynamic and accessible database that highlights SSHRC-funded researchers with expertise on the human dimensions of the crisis as well as on longer-term recovery and resilience.

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SSHRC’s investments

Competition results

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


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

  • Grant applications received: 6,100
  • Fellowship applications received: 8,400


Total number of new awards

  • New grant awards: 2,600
  • New Fellowship and scholarships: 2,500

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

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program

  • Master's Scholarships awarded: 1,296
  • Doctoral Scholarships awarded: 430
    • 63 per cent to first-year students
    • 37 per cent to second-year students

Canada Graduate Scholarships

  • Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements awarded: 130
  • Vanier Scholarships: 180 eligible applications received, 55 scholarships awarded

Doctoral Fellowships

  • SSHRC: 2,205 eligible applications received, 508 fellowships awarded

Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • SSHRC: 824 eligible applications received, 160 fellowships awarded
  • Banting: 178 eligible applications received, 23 fellowships awarded

Building new knowledge in the social sciences and humanities

Insight Grants

  • 1,365 eligible applications received
  • 619 grants awards
  • 45 per cent success rate
  • average grant value: $144,875
  • $89,677,557 awarded total, to be issued over five years and supporting some 1,978 researchers and collaborators

Insight Development Grants

  • 677 grants awarded in 2018
  • 1,128 eligible applications received for the February 2019 intake

Mobilizing social sciences and humanities knowledge

Connection Grants

  • 691 applications received
  • 284 grants awarded

Special Call: Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants

  • 229 applications received
  • 116 grants awarded

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

Partnership Development Grants

  • 148 eligible applications received
  • 70 grants awarded

Partnership Engage Grants

  • 372 eligible applications received
  • 226 grants awarded

Partnership Grants—Stage 1

  • 64 eligible applications received
  • 26 grants awarded

Partnership Grants—Stage 2

  • 26 eligible applications received
  • 17 grants awarded

Partnership Grants—Healthy and Productive Work

  • 18 eligible applications received
  • 9 grants awarded

Breakdown of partners by sector

Breakdown of partners by sector
Government Industry Not-for-profit Postsecondary
18% 8% 44% 30%
  • SSHRC funds more than 1,100 international researchers, representing 82 different countries
  • SSHRC works with 215 international partners
    • 41 per cent of Partnership Development Grants involved at least one international partner
    • 12 per cent of Partnership Engagement Grants involved at least one international partner
    • 71 per cent of Partnership Grants involved at least one international partner
  • 19 per cent of postdoctoral fellows held their awards abroad`
  • 24 per cent of Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships are held by international students
  • 9 per cent of Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are held by international students
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