How to Apply

General instructions

To apply for funding through any of SSHRC’s grant, fellowship or scholarship funding opportunities:

  1. Determine if your research falls under SSHRC’s mandate by reviewing the subject matter eligibility and selecting a funding agency guidelines.
  2. Select the SSHRC funding opportunity to which you will apply.
  3. Carefully read the description of your selected funding opportunity to determine:
    • your personal eligibility;
    • the context, requirements and deadlines;
    • the value and duration of funding offered;
    • details of the evaluation and adjudication process; and
    • any additional information.
  4. Once your funding opportunity is open to applications (for most funding opportunities, approximately two months before the application deadline), review the application instructions by selecting “Instructions” from the “Apply” column in the overview at the top of the description.
  5. According to the instructions, click on the appropriate application forms, also found in the “Apply” section of the same overview.
  6. Carefully review your application as you fill it out, and ensure you have provided any additional information requested in the appropriate formats, and contacted any required resources as outlined in the instructions.

Check the “Results announced” section of the overview at the top of your funding opportunity description to learn when funding decisions will be announced.


Anyone participating in SSHRC-funded research activities must not be under SSHRC sanction for financial or research misconduct.


For most funding opportunities, applicants (principal investigators) must be affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution. Researchers not affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution are eligible to apply as co-applicants to selected SSHRC funding opportunities and as research collaborators to any SSHRC-supported project. Eligibility criteria specific to each funding opportunity are detailed in the individual descriptions.

Scholarships and fellowships

For all scholarship and fellowship funding opportunities, other than the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program and the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program, applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Canada. For detailed eligibility criteria, refer to the individual descriptions.

Adjudication of applications

SSHRC grants and fellowships are awarded through independent, national, merit review processes. View the adjudication and evaluation section of the funding opportunity description to learn more.

Accommodations and accessibility

Persons with one or more disabilities seeking information on adaptive measures or accommodations to address barriers to accessibility at SSHRC should refer to the Accessibility in Programs and Services web page.

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