SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships
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On this page
- Documents to read before applying
- Application process and deadline
- Application profile
- Teaching appointment letter (if applicable)
- Program of work
- Bibliography and citations
- Diversity considerations in research design module
- Program information
- Tenure location
- Areas of study
- Allowable inclusions (if applicable)
- Research contributions
- Supplement justification (if applicable)
- Contact information
Documents to read before applying
- SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships funding opportunity description
- Regulations Governing Fellowship and Scholarship Applications
- General Guidelines for the Eligibility of Subject Matter at SSHRC
- Definitions of terms SSHRC uses in the application process
- Guidelines for the Merit Review of Indigenous Research (if applicable)
- Guide to Including Diversity Considerations in Research Design for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Award Applicants
- Guidelines for Effective Research Training
- Guidelines for Effective Knowledge Mobilization
- Guidelines for Research-Creation Support Materials (if applicable)
- Tri-agency Research Training Award Holder’s Guide
We suggest that you consult this web document and Help with Online Forms while you are completing your online application. You can refer to this document by clicking “Instructions” at any time within a screen.
If you experience technical difficulties, contact the helpdesk as early as possible in the application process. The helpdesk has a higher volume of requests during peak periods (i.e., September 1 to December 1) and on deadline days.
Application process and deadline
Accommodations and accessibility
If you need help completing online application forms due to circumstances arising from a disability, contact your institution (scholarship liaison officer, research grant office or other applicant support office) as early in the application process as possible to investigate available supports. If your institution cannot provide help, or needs SSHRC to collaborate on a solution, contact SSHRC at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact SSHRC if you have questions or are seeking specific adaptation arrangements. You do not need to share your medical or sensitive personal information, and, to protect your privacy, should avoid doing so.
Frequently requested accommodations include, but are not limited to:
- one-on-one phone or video appointments to clarify funding program information or the application process, or to receive technical support;
- alternative formats of online materials to enable access using assistive technology; and
- submission of the application (in full or part) through alternate means or format (e.g., hard copy, voice recording or data entry by SSHRC staff on the applicant’s behalf).
Applicants must complete and verify the online SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships application form and their SSHRC web-based curriculum vitae (SSHRC web CV).
Applicants must click “Preview” and “Verify” for each page of their application as they complete it, and well ahead of the deadline. SSHRC’s online system will not accept applications that contain unverified sections. If applicants make changes to a page, they must click “Verify” again for that page to confirm that SSHRC’s online system will accept the new information when they submit their application. The criteria for final verification of the application as a whole can be stricter than for individual modules. Applicants might, therefore, need to adjust previously validated sections of the application. Note that validation confirms only that mandatory sections (including uploads and letters) have been completed; it does not validate application content.
In addition to verifying content, it is the applicant’s responsibility to:
- ensure all required application components are submitted, that is:
- the applicant’s SSHRC web CV;
- two Letter of Appraisal forms;
- the Research Appraisal form;
- the Institutional Nomination and Commitment form; and
- all PDF attachments; and
- provide all attachments, including letters of appraisal, in English or French only.
You can view and print the complete application, including the PDF attachments (uploads) and the SSHRC web CV, but you must submit your application electronically to SSHRC before 8 p.m. eastern, September 13, 2023. If a deadline falls on a weekend or a public holiday observed in Ontario, the online application system will remain open until 8 p.m. (eastern) on the next business day.
SSHRC’s online system will not accept incomplete applications. At 8 p.m. on the deadline day, the “Submit” button will disappear, and no further changes or submissions will be possible.
If your personal contact information changes after you have submitted your application, email email@example.com to update it.
- SSHRC strongly encourages applicants to submit applications ahead of the deadline date. Typically, the online system handles a very high volume of users on the last day, which could create delays and put timely submission at risk.
- Applicants requiring assistance while preparing their application are encouraged to communicate with SSHRC’s Research Training Portfolio at firstname.lastname@example.org well in advance of the application deadline.
- Under no circumstances will applications be accepted after the deadline.
Follow these steps:
- Review the funding opportunity’s Merit Review section and address the evaluation criteria when completing the application form and SSHRC online CV.
- Upload all mandatory PDF documents required for your application.
- Provide application contributors with your program of work, related documents and the evaluation criteria well in advance of the application deadline.
- Ensure that both referees have submitted their Letter of Appraisal form so that the status reads “Referee form completed.”
- Ensure that your proposed supervisor has submitted the Research Appraisal form so that the status reads “Referee form completed.”
- Ensure the department head has read SSHRC’s Guidelines for Effective Research Training and submitted the Institutional Nomination and Commitment form (status on Referee module reads “Referee form completed”).
- Verify and correct the data until the Verification Report indicates successful verification.
- Click “Submit.”
Note: Once the application has been submitted, its status will first be updated to “Received,” before being set to “Forwarded.” Both statuses confirm that the application has been properly submitted.
Attaching a document
Many modules in your application will require you to attach a PDF file. You must follow the specified requirements for margins and font size, or your application will be deemed ineligible. An error message will appear if the file you are trying to attach does not meet the required specifications for page length and file size. Once you have attached the electronic file, we recommend you click “View attached file” to ensure you have the proper file and it is not corrupted.
Acknowledgement of receipt of applications
After SSHRC receives your verified and completed application form, the data provided in your application and CVs are transferred to SSHRC’s corporate database. SSHRC will acknowledge receipt of your electronic application form once it has been processed, and will assign you an application number. Cite this number in all correspondence with us.
The email acknowledging receipt will be sent to your primary email address as entered in the CV, and will arrive four to six weeks after the deadline date. If you do not receive an email from the Research Training Portfolio six weeks after the deadline date, contact us at email@example.com.
Provide a short, descriptive title for your program of work in nontechnical terms. Restrict use of acronyms (e.g., UN, NATO, etc.). Use upper case only for the first word of the title, proper nouns and acronyms. Your application title will automatically be included in the “Activity details” screen.
Preferred merit review committee
Based on the subject and discipline(s) of your program of work, choose a committee using the “List…” button.
The disciplines represented by each committee are as follows:
|Committee 1 (7561)||
Fine arts, literature (all types)
|Committee 2 (7562)||
Classical archaeology, classics, classical and dead languages, history, mediaeval studies, philosophy, religious studies
|Committee 3 (7563)||
Anthropology, archaeology (except classical archaeology), criminology, folklore, sociology
|Committee 4 (7564)||
Education, linguistics, psychology, social work
|Committee 5 (7565)||
Economics, industrial relations, law, management, business, administrative studies, political science
|Committee 6 (7566)||
Archival science, communications and media studies, demography, environmental studies, geography, library and information science, urban and regional studies
If your main discipline is women’s studies, choose the committee based on the aspect of women’s studies you are working in. For example, if your research involves women’s literature, you should choose Committee 1.
If your main discipline is interdisciplinary studies, choose the committee based on the most prevalent discipline among those related to your research. Committee membership is composed of experts in the disciplines listed for each committee; however, SSHRC cannot guarantee expertise in each discipline listed. When selecting a committee, therefore, select the committee that lists areas most relevant to your research proposal and career trajectory. All decisions regarding committee selection rest with the applicant.
If you wish to be considered for a supplemental award and meet the eligibility criteria, select the supplement from the drop-down menu. For each supplement selected, provide a maximum one-page justification. Successful candidates will be notified.
Joint or special initiative
If you wish to be considered for a joint or special initiative, and meet the eligibility criteria, select the initiative from the drop-down menu. For each initiative selected, provide a maximum one-page justification or other required information or form, as applicable. Successful candidates will be notified in the months following the competition results.
Note: By indicating you wish to be considered for a supplement and/or a joint or special initiative, you are agreeing to SSHRC sharing information with the partner organization.
Does your proposal involve Indigenous research, as defined by SSHRC?
SSHRC is committed to supporting and promoting research by and with Indigenous peoples. As such, SSHRC’s Guidelines for the Merit Review of Indigenous Research are provided to merit reviewers to help build understanding of Indigenous research and research-related activities, and to assist committee members in interpreting SSHRC’s specific evaluation criteria in the context of Indigenous research. Concerted efforts are made to include experts in Indigenous research in postdoctoral merit review committees.
Review SSHRC's Indigenous Research Statement of Principles and its Guidelines for the Merit Review of Indigenous Research. Applications that meet SSHRC’s definition of Indigenous research will be reviewed in the context of these guidelines. Select “Yes” to signal to the multi-disciplinary merit review committee members that your application should be reviewed according to these guidelines.
Do you hold a teaching appointment?
Indicate whether or not you hold a teaching appointment of any kind. If “Yes,” you must attach a PDF of a letter to your application package (see the Teaching appointment letter section of the application form).
The information listed in this section has been automatically transferred from your SSHRC web CV. Use the “Current position” screen in the SSHRC web CV to make any necessary changes to your current place of employment or institutional affiliation. If you wish to have a different affiliation on record for this application, use this section to enter it.
Teaching appointment letter (if applicable)
If you answered “no” to the question “Do you hold a teaching appointment?,” you do not need to attach a letter in this module.
If you answered “Yes” to the question “Do you hold a teaching appointment?,” you must attach a PDF of a letter from a university official confirming that you do not hold a tenure or tenure-track position. SSHRC will also accept a scanned copy of your contract. This document will not be shared with merit review committee members.
Program of work
Maximum four pages
Attach a PDF copy of your program of work. Write your proposal in clear, plain language. Avoid discipline-specific jargon, acronyms and highly technical terms when writing your program of work. Your application will be reviewed by members of a multidisciplinary merit review committee, not all of whom will be familiar with your area of research.
Prepare your program of work as follows:
- State the title and subject of your doctoral thesis, and discuss the relationship of your doctoral thesis to your proposed research. If the two areas of research are closely related, explain how your proposed research will develop or expand on your thesis. If the areas of research are not related, describe your proposed area of research.
- Outline your plans for achieving your research objectives. Clearly describe your theoretical approach, your methodology and how your proposed research will contribute to the advancement of knowledge.
- Justify your choice of the proposed university or research institution based on the purpose of the fellowship, as outlined in the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships funding opportunity description, including activities beyond the original research to be undertaken. See the Tenure location section of the application form for additional information.
- If applicable, indicate any other organizations with which you will be affiliated, and provide a justification for this choice. You must clearly identify your primary place of affiliation and outline how your work at the secondary location(s) of tenure will intersect with and enhance your research at the primary location of tenure.
- If your proposed research overlaps with areas funded by other granting agencies, justify your submission of this proposal to SSHRC rather than to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), based on the General Guidelines for the Eligibility of Subject Matter at SSHRC. If in doubt about the eligibility of your proposed research for SSHRC funding, consult SSHRC staff by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before preparing your application.
- If your proposal involves Indigenous research, refer to the section Does your proposal involve Indigenous research, as defined by SSHRC? before preparing your program of work.
- If your project uses a research-creation approach, indicate clearly the research component of your proposed work. Outline the objectives of your research and the context, methodology and contribution to the advancement of knowledge. Refer to the Guidelines for Research-Creation Support Materials for information on including website links to provide samples of work that illustrate your qualifications and/or the nature of the proposed research-creation.
- Include all relevant information in the outline. Except where your application discusses your achievements in the field of research-creation, do not refer members to URLs or other publications for supplemental information. Such additional information will not be reviewed.
- Do not use footnotes and endnotes in the program of work. Items should be cited in the bibliography.
Bibliography and citations
Maximum 10 pages
Attach a PDF file of:
- a bibliography for your proposed program of work; and
- bibliographic details for all citations included in your program of work (ensure that these are clear and complete, to allow reviewers to locate the sources easily).
SSHRC recognizes and allows the use of different referencing styles.
Diversity considerations in research design module
Once you’ve answered yes or no to the question “Do diversity considerations apply to your proposed research design?”, use the text box provided (maximum 1,700 characters) to indicate how diversity considerations are applicable or not to your research proposal.
Before completing this module, read the Guide to Including Diversity Considerations in Research Design for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Award Applicants.
Note: Although mandatory, this module is not subject to merit review and is not shared with committee members.
Number of months of support requested
Indicate the number of months of support sought through this application. Fellowship tenures can be requested for 12 or 24 months. Early terminations are permitted. Extensions are not available.
Expected start date of the award
Indicate when you expect to start your award. The award can begin on the first of any month between May 2024 and January 2025.
Note: You cannot start your award until after you have successfully completed all the degree requirements for your doctoral degree, including the successful defence and submission of the corrected copy of your doctoral dissertation. These requirements must be completed by December 31, 2024, at the latest.
Specify the language(s) required to carry out your proposed program of work. Indicate your current proficiency in each.
Identify the organization and department/division where you plan to hold the award by clicking the “List…” button. If your organization and department/division are not listed, select “Other/Unknown” from the list and type the information into the box provided.
Applicants who wish to hold their award at a Canadian institution eligible to administer SSHRC funds will be paid through their host institution. Applicants should contact the proposed location of tenure in advance of submitting their application to determine the specifics of the institutional support offered by their host institution.
You can propose to affiliate with more than one organization. If applicable, identify the secondary location of tenure by clicking the “List…” button in the section “Secondary tenure location” and selecting the appropriate organization and department/division. If your organization and department/division are not listed, select “Other/Unknown” from the list and type the information in the box provided. Secondary locations of tenure can include, for example, academic, not-for-profit or community/cultural organizations, as well as organizations from the private sector.
In the “Tenure location” and the “Secondary tenure location” sections of the application form, you can list up to two places of affiliation. If you propose to affiliate with more than one organization, indicate it in your program of work and justify your choice for each host institution. Both the appropriateness of the institution and the supervisor will be taken into account in the evaluation of your application.
Note: If you earned your PhD at a foreign university, you can only hold the award at a Canadian university. If you earned your PhD at a Canadian university, you can hold the award at either a Canadian or a foreign university.
Areas of study
The information provided in this section refers to your research/study.
State whether or not your proposed research/study involves human beings as research subjects. If it does, select “Yes” and consult the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans and submit your proposal to the research ethics board of the institution where you will undertake your graduate or postdoctoral studies. Note that you need not submit your proposal to the research ethics board prior to submitting your application.
List keywords, separated by semicolons, that best describe your proposed research/study.
Select appropriate entries under each of the sections below using the “List…” button. Duplicate entries are not permitted.
Indicate and rank up to three disciplines relevant to your research/study, with Entry 1 the most relevant and Entry 3 as the least relevant.
For entries 2 and 3, if an applicable discipline is not listed, you can select an entry such as “Other (relevant discipline)” (e.g., Other Psychology, Other Anthropology, Other Sociology) from the list, and provide the information in the box provided.
You can choose “Other (relevant discipline)” only once. For instance, you cannot choose “Other Psychology” in Entry 2 and choose it again in Entry 3. Also, you can choose “Other” (with an explanation) only once.
Areas of research
Indicate and rank up to two areas of research related to your research/study, with Entry 1 the most important and Entry 2 the least important.
If applicable, indicate the historical period covered by your research/study.
If applicable, indicate and rank up to two geographical regions covered by or related to your research/study, with Entry 1 the most important and Entry 2 the least important.
If applicable, indicate and rank up to five countries covered by or related to your research/study, with Entry 1 the most important and Entry 5 the least important.
Instructions for requesting support letters
Enter the family name, given name and email address of each referee. These fields will be used to auto-populate the referee form.
After the data are saved, the system will automatically generate an email to each person, inviting them to provide a letter of appraisal.
Inform your referees that they will receive an email with the subject line “Invitation to evaluate an application—Invitation à évaluer une demande.” It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that each invited person verifies and completes the form in advance of the application deadline.
|Email sent—Referee form not yet created||The referee has not yet accepted the invitation. If the referee has deleted the system-generated invitation email by error, click “Resend email” to send the same invitation to the referee again.|
|Referee unable to complete the form||The referee has declined the invitation, which will be confirmed by a system-generated email that notifies you. You must remove the person from the application by clicking “Clear entry.” You can then add a new referee.|
|Referee form created||The referee has accepted the invitation. Referees who have accepted will be able to view an electronic version of your application form to inform their letter of reference.|
|Referee form completed||The referee has submitted the form. The referee’s letter will be attached to your application only after your application has been submitted.|
Your application cannot be successfully verified until each referee’s form has been completed, verified and submitted by the referee.
Note: You will not be able to view the appraisals at the time you complete and submit your application.
It is your responsibility to ensure that all required application components have been submitted (including all attachments and letters). The system does not accept incomplete applications.
Notify your referees in advance that they will be receiving an invitation, as firewalls and/or spam filters might limit their ability to receive the official system email inviting them to complete a referee form.
Make sure you give your referees enough time to complete and submit their support letter so that your application can be submitted in advance of the deadline date. Typically, the online system handles a very high volume of users on the last day, which could create delays and put timely submission at risk.
Letters of appraisal
Provide information about the two referees who will each complete a Letter of Appraisal form:
- one letter must be completed by someone who can comment on your past and potential contributions to research (normally, your doctoral thesis supervisor); and
- the other letter should be completed by another acknowledged expert in your discipline, who can provide the merit review committee with insight into your application package in relation to the evaluation criteria.
Letter writers will receive an email that allows them to access the Letters of Appraisal form.
Provide information about the research (proposed) supervisor at the organization where you plan to hold the award.
If you propose to affiliate with more than one institution, ask the supervisor at the primary location of tenure to complete the research appraisal. Research appraisals from supervisors at secondary host institutions are not required and will not be accepted.
Proposed supervisors will receive an email that allows them to access the Research Appraisal form.
Institutional nomination and commitment
Provide information about the department head or designate at the proposed institution of affiliation.
If you propose to affiliate with more than one institution, the department head or designate at the primary location of tenure should complete the Institutional nomination and commitment form. Secondary host institutions do not have to complete this form.
The designated person at the proposed institution of affiliation will receive an email that allows them to access the Institutional Nomination and Commitment form.
Note: If the department head and the research supervisor are the same person, they should provide the information requested for the Institutional nomination and commitment form as well as that requested for the Research Appraisal form.
Allowable inclusions (if applicable)
Maximum one page
If applicable, attach a PDF document indicating your allowable inclusions.
SSHRC asks its merit review committees to take into consideration special circumstances that could have affected applicants’ research, professional career, record of academic or research achievement, or completion of degrees. Relevant circumstances might include administrative responsibilities, maternity/parental leave, child-rearing, illness, disability, cultural or community responsibilities, socio-economic context, health-related family responsibilities, trauma and loss, or the COVID-19 pandemic. Specify the dates for any delays or interruptions.
As part of SSHRC’s Indigenous Talent Measures, Indigenous applicants are encouraged to use the “Allowable inclusions” section of their application form to describe special circumstances that could have had an impact on their academic or career paths.
All information provided to SSHRC is subject to the Privacy Act. Applicants are reminded that the information included in the “Allowable inclusions” section of their application will be shared with merit review committee members for consideration as part of their application. SSHRC merit reviewers cannot share this information outside of the merit review process, which is subject to the Tri-Agency Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy. For more information, see the principles for SSHRC merit review.
Note: Applicants who completed their doctorate between September 2017 and September 2020 must describe in this section the career interruptions or delays experienced since completion of their doctorate.
Applicants who completed their doctorate after September 2020 can also choose to describe relevant career interruptions or delays should they wish to do so.
Maximum two pages
Attach a PDF of your research contributions, grouped according to the categories listed below. List more recent contributions first.
1. Research contributions
For each item, provide details as follows:
- Specify your role in co-authored publications.
- For published contributions, provide complete bibliographic notices (including co-authors, title, publisher, journal, volume, date of publication and number of pages) as they appear in the original publication.
- For publications in languages other than French or English, provide a translation of the title and the name of the publication.
- Do not include your thesis in this list. Instead, address your thesis and its relationship to your proposed research in your Program of Work.
Include all relevant information in the application package. Do not refer members to URLs or other publications for supplemental information, except in relation to examples of your achievements in research-creation.
Group your contributions by category in the following order, as applicable, listing your most recent contributions first.
Examples include books (where applicable, subdivide according to those that are single-authored, co-authored and edited works), monographs, book chapters, articles in scholarly refereed journals and conference proceedings.
A “refereed work” involves its assessment:
- in its entirety—not merely an abstract or extract;
- before publication; and
- by independent (at arm’s length from the author), anonymous, qualified experts.
Other refereed contributions
Examples include papers presented at scholarly meetings or conferences and articles in professional or trade journals.
Examples include book reviews, published reviews of work, research reports, policy papers and public lectures.
Indicate one of the following statuses: “submitted,” “revised and submitted,” “accepted” or “in press.” Provide the name of the journal or book publisher and the number of pages. Do not list contributions not yet submitted.
Examples of creative outputs may include exhibitions, performances, publications, presentations, and film, video and audio recordings. Applicants who work in research-creation may include website links to provide samples of work that illustrate their qualifications. Refer to the Guidelines for Research-Creation Support Materials before including links in their application package.
2. Other research contributions
Describe any other contributions to research and the advancement of knowledge, including your research contributions to non-academic audiences (e.g., public, policy-makers, private sector and not-for-profit organizations).
3. Most significant career research contributions
From this list, choose your three most significant contributions, and describe to the merit review committee the significance in terms of influence on the direction of thought and activity within the target community and in terms of significance to, and use by, other researchers and knowledge users.
4. Relevant experience
Describe your previous experience relevant to the topic and objectives you are investigating in the application. For each experience, include:
- a brief description of the nature of the work you performed;
- an explanation of how this work has prepared you for your role in the project; and
- a description of the skills you developed (e.g., training, mentoring, analysis, networking), especially those that will aid you in the proposed activity.
Examples of relevant experience can include:
- working within or with communities and/or organizations (e.g., not-for-profit, public and private sector organizations);
- non-academic positions;
- volunteer work; and
- engaging in and/or leading formal partnerships and collaborative research.
Note: Contributions in the context of Indigenous research can be listed within these or additional categories, in line with the Guidelines for the Merit Review of Indigenous Research.
Supplement justification (if applicable)
Provide a maximum one-page justification per supplement selected in the “Application profile” section.
Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights Research
- A $10,000 supplement is awarded yearly to a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient conducting research in the field of human rights.
Jules and Gabrielle Léger Fellowship
- A $10,000 supplement is awarded yearly to a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient conducting research on the historical and contemporary contribution of the Crown to the life of the country.
Specific requirements for joint or special initiatives (if applicable)
Provide a maximum one-page justification per initiative selected in the “Application profile” section. Different requirements apply to the Mitacs Elevate Fellowships and Alice Wilson Award initiatives. Refer to the instructions specific to each initiative.
Note: By indicating you wish to be considered for a supplement and/or a joint or special initiative, you are agreeing to SSHRC sharing information with the partner organization.
Department of National Defence MINDS Scholarship Initiative
- SSHRC and the Department of National Defence are partnering to offer postdoctoral fellowships to individuals conducting social sciences and humanities research in areas related to the Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) Policy Challenges and/or Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged. Postdoctoral fellowships are valued at $45,000 per year and are tenable for 12 or 24 months. Further information can be found on the MINDS Scholarship Initiative webpage.
- Applicants must select the “MINDS Scholarships Initiative” option from the drop-down menu in their application form.
- Applicants must also use the “MINDS—Justification” section in the form’s left-hand menu to explain how their proposed research project is related to one or more of the MINDS Policy Challenges and/or Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation—SSHRC Housing Research Training Awards Program
- SSHRC and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) are partnering to offer postdoctoral fellowships to individuals conducting social sciences and humanities research in areas related to housing. Each fellowship is valued at $45,000 per year and is tenable for 12 or 24 months. Further information can be found on the CMHC Housing Research Scholarship Program website.
- Applicants must select the “CMHC-SSHRC Training Awards” option from the drop-down menu in their application form.
- Applicants must also use the “CMHC-SSHRC—Justification” section in the form’s left-hand menu to explain how their proposed research project aligns with one or more of the CMHC National Housing Strategy’s priority areas for action.
Initiative for Digital Citizen Research
Through the Initiative for Digital Citizen Research, Canadian Heritage and SSHRC are partnering to offer postdoctoral fellowship supplements, valued at $10,000, to individuals who are conducting research related to online disinformation and its impact in the Canadian context. Comparative approaches to these themes that are inclusive of, but extend beyond, the Canadian context are also eligible for supplementary funding.
To be considered for funding under this initiative, applicants must:
- select the “Initiative for Digital Citizen Research” option from the drop-down menu in their application form; and
- use the “Initiative for Digital Citizen Research—Justification” section in the form’s left-hand menu to explain how their proposed research project addresses one or more of the specific areas of research listed under the “Eligible projects” section of the Joint Initiative for Digital Citizen Research webpage.
To be offered a postdoctoral fellowship supplement under this initiative, applicants must first be successful in the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships competition, and they must be affiliated with a SSHRC eligible Canadian postsecondary institution during their award tenure.
Sport Participation Research Initiative
- SSHRC partners with the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Sport Participation Research Initiative to provide postdoctoral award supplements.
- To be considered, applicants for a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship must select the “Sport Participation Research Initiative” option in their application form.
- Applicants are also required to use the “Sport Participation—Justification ” section in the form’s left-hand menu to explain how their research meets the Sport Participation Research Initiative’s objectives.
- As part of a joint initiative with Mitacs, SSHRC offers access to Mitacs Training for SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship holders. The curriculum is designed to build competencies in five key areas recognized as vital to professional success: professional and career fundamentals, interpersonal skills, communication, leadership and management, and intrapreneuralism.
- To express their interest in this training opportunity, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship candidates may select the “Mitacs Training” option from the drop-down menu in their SSHRC application form.
- SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship holders will be provided instructions regarding how to access Mitacs Training as part of their results package.
Mitacs Elevate Fellowships
- SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants working with Canadian business and/or not-for-profit organizations are invited to apply for Mitacs Elevate. The Mitacs website offers information on eligible partner organizations and eligible research.
- Eligible applicants must select the “Mitacs Elevate’’ option from the drop-down menu in their SSHRC application form.
- They are also required to complete an abridged Mitacs Elevate application form. To access the form, they must contact a Mitacs advisor. Candidates are required to upload the Mitacs Elevate form to their SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship application by clicking on the “Mitacs Form” section in the left-hand menu of the SSHRC application form.
- When completing the “Tenure location” and the “Secondary tenure location” sections of their SSHRC application form, applicants must identify their host university as their primary institution of affiliation and their partner organization for their Mitacs application as their secondary institution of affiliation. In addition, they must include the required institutional affiliation justification, as outlined in the Program of work instructions.
Alice Wilson Award
- A $1,000 award is offered yearly by the Royal Society of Canada to three women of outstanding academic qualifications in the arts and humanities, social sciences, or science who are entering a career in scholarship or research at the postdoctoral level. The recipients are chosen from the current year’s top-ranked women who are winners of postdoctoral fellowships from the three research funding agencies—SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR.
- The top-ranked postdoctoral fellowship applicants, who have self-identified as women in their SSHRC online user profile (“My Account”), will be automatically considered for the Alice Wilson Award. However, SSHRC will seek the consent of potential nominees to provide their names to the Royal Society of Canada, who will make the final determination.
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