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SSHRC Advisory Committee to Address Barriers to Accessibility

  Call for expressions of interest for committee membership

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Call for expressions of interest for committee membership

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Call for expressions of interest for committee membership: SSHRC Advisory Committee to Address Barriers to Accessibility

The Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is committed to making its programs fully accessible to Canada’s research community. To realize this goal, and to meet the requirements of the Accessible Canada Act, we are seeking expressions of interest to join an advisory committee to help identify barriers to accessibility within SSHRC programs, and to develop an action plan to address them.

The committee’s role will be to advise SSHRC of barriers to full accessibility within its programs and its related processes and policies. Committee members will serve an initial one-year term, and their work will also represent one aspect of a larger stakeholder engagement strategy with multiple organizations and institutions that interact with SSHRC.

SSHRC aims to create a committee that includes representation across a wide range of lived experience and personal identification, including regional and linguistic diversity. SSHRC may directly recruit members to the committee, should self-nominations not include representation from key stakeholder groups. The creation of this committee is part of SSHRC’s commitment to strengthen equity, diversity and inclusion practices under its mandate to promote and support research and training in the social sciences and humanities.

Who should apply?

Scholars (including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) from eligible institutions across Canada who have lived experience of a disability and/or accessibility needs, and/or expertise in disability studies, are encouraged to apply. Individuals who are Indigenous, from a racialized or other minority group, or who identify as LGBTQ2+, are encouraged to apply.

Note: If you are not an academic, but wish to be part of this process, contact us regarding opportunities to participate in a focus group.

What is the time commitment?

Members will serve a one-year term (approximately June 2022 to June 2023) and participate in about four to five meetings.

Where will meetings be held?

Meetings will be held virtually by videoconference. Accessible format selection will occur in consultation with the successful candidates once the committee has been established.


Compensation will be offered to faculty and students from eligible postsecondary institutions.

How to apply

Submissions must address the following questions:

  1. Do you self-identify as a person with a disability?
  2. Why do you want to be a member of the advisory committee? (Include any knowledge, including personal or professional experience, that may be relevant, such as research expertise in disability studies or other related research areas.)
  3. Would you be willing to serve as a co-chair of the committee?
Ways to submit

Choose one of the following ways to submit your application:

  • in writing (approximately two pages)
  • by phone or video conference (e.g., Zoom) with the help of a scribe

The submission period has ended


If you are concerned about barriers in this application process, or if you would like to ask questions to better understand options for submitting your application, you can contact us in the following ways:

  1. Click the Book an Appointment button above to schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns or questions with a member of our team.
  2. Send an email to
  3. Call 1-855-275-2861 and follow the prompts to speak with a member of our team.
Deadline to apply

The call for members will remain open until .

SSHRC greatly appreciates all applicants who seek to contribute to this effort. Those who are not selected to serve on the committee may be considered for other consultation opportunities, such as focus groups and surveys.


The contents of submitted applications are protected and will only be shared on a need-to-know basis for committee membership selection.

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