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Department of National Defence MINDS Scholarship Initiative

A joint initiative of

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Department of National Defence

2020-21 competitions

Overview
Funding streams MINDS Master’s Scholarships for Indigenous Students MINDS Initiative Doctoral Awards MINDS Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowships MINDS Scholarship Initiative Supplements
Value $17,500 $35,000 per year $45,000 per year $10,000
Duration 12 months Up to 36 months 12 or 24 months 12 months
Application deadlineFootnote * December 1, 2020 Directly to SSHRC: October 17, 2020
Through a Canadian institution with a quota: Contact your institution
September 16, 2020 Refer to the relevant funding opportunity’s application deadline
Apply Via the Canada Graduate Scholarships—Master’s (CGS M) competition Via the SSHRC Doctoral Awards competition Via the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships competition Via the CGS M, SSHRC Doctoral Awards or SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships competitions (as applicable)
Results announced Fall 2021 Fall 2021 Fall 2021 Fall 2021

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Description

The Department of National Defence’s Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) program is committed to fostering the next generation of security and defence scholars in the Canadian academic community and to encouraging a strong Canadian knowledge base in contemporary defence and security issues. To this end, the MINDS program has partnered with SSHRC to deliver the MINDS Scholarship Initiative.

This initiative offers research training awards and supplements to master’s and doctoral students and to postdoctoral researchers in the social sciences and humanities whose work is related to one or more of the MINDS Policy Challenges and/or Canada’s defence policy Strong, Secure, Engaged (PDF, 13.5 MB).

Research areas

For details on the research areas relevant to the MINDS Scholarship Initiative, applicants should consult:

  • the MINDS Policy Challenges, which represent key issue areas where DND and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) could benefit from external expertise to challenge or complement their thinking; and
  • Canada’s defence policy Strong, Secure, Engaged.

Examples of research areas that could be considered for funding under this initiative include, but are not limited to, the following: recruitment and retention; diversity in the CAF; hybrid warfare; defence and security cooperation; cyber and space domains; emerging technologies; geopolitics; international defence relations; peacekeeping and peace support operations; Arctic security; and the defence and security implications of climate change.

Critical research perspectives, which may challenge or invite a reformulation of the policy themes and terms outlined in the MINDS Policy Challenges and Canada’s defence policy, are welcome.

The MINDS program is committed to reflecting key Government of Canada priorities in the work it delivers, ensuring the incorporation of Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+). GBA+ requires the incorporation of diverse viewpoints. This means that deliberate efforts should be made to mitigate unintended bias related to intersecting identity factors (including, but not limited to, age, gender, ethnicity, race, disability, religion and geographic region). Applying a GBA+ lens to research ensures the issue is considered from multiple perspectives, supporting more inclusive research questions and results.

Value and duration

There are four streams of funding under this initiative:

  • MINDS Master’s Scholarships for Indigenous Students: $17,500 for 12 months, in addition to the value of the CGS M award;
  • MINDS Initiative Doctoral Awards: $35,000 per year for a maximum of 36 months;
  • MINDS Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowships: $45,000 per year for 12 or 24 months; and
  • MINDS Scholarship Initiative supplements: $10,000 for 12 months, in addition to the value of the CGS M award, the SSHRC Doctoral Award (either the Canada Graduate Scholarships—Doctoral [CGS D] scholarship or the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship) or the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply to each of the funding streams, applicants must be working in research areas that are related to one or more of the MINDS Policy Challenges and/or Canada’s defence policy Strong, Secure, Engaged.

The eligibility requirements listed below for each stream also apply.

For the MINDS Master’s Scholarships for Indigenous Students, applicants must:

  • first be eligible to apply to the CGS M competition, under the “social sciences and/or humanities field of research” stream; and
  • self-identify as Indigenous.

For the MINDS Initiative Doctoral Awards, applicants must:

  • first be eligible to apply to the SSHRC Doctoral Awards competition.

For the MINDS Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowships, applicants must:

  • first be eligible to apply to the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships competition.

For the MINDS Scholarship Initiative Supplements, applicants must:

  • first be eligible to apply to one of the following funding opportunities:
    • CGS M competition (under the “social sciences and/or humanities field of research” stream);
    • SSHRC Doctoral Awards competition; or
    • SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships competition.

Application process

MINDS Master’s Scholarships for Indigenous Students

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for this funding stream must apply through the CGS M competition. They must select “MINDS Master’s Scholarships for Indigenous Students” in the drop-down menu in the “Supplements/Joint Initiatives” section of the application form, under the “social sciences and/or humanities” field of research.

Applicants must also submit a personal statement and a statement of thematic relevance.

  • In their personal statement, applicants must describe how their experience as a member of an Indigenous community and their existing connection, or efforts to develop or re-establish a link, with that community have shaped and will inform their proposed research project.
  • In their statement of thematic relevance, applicants must describe 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.

Note: Applicants will be asked to self-identify as Indigenous. They will also be asked to consent to SSHRC using this information and sharing it with DND as part of their application to the MINDS Master’s Scholarships for Indigenous Students. SSHRC will not share applicants’ personal statements with DND.

MINDS Initiative Doctoral Awards

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for this funding stream must apply through the SSHRC Doctoral Awards competition. They must select “MINDS Scholarships Initiative” from the drop-down menu in the application form.

They must also provide a one-page justification that explains 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.

MINDS Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowships

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for this funding stream must apply through the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships competition. They must select “MINDS Scholarships Initiative” from the drop-down menu in the application form.

They must also provide a one-page justification that explains 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.

MINDS Scholarship Initiative Supplements

Applicants for the CGS M competition who meet the eligibility requirements for this funding stream must apply by selecting “MINDS Scholarship Initiative Supplements” in the drop-down menu in the “Supplements/Joint Initiatives” section of the application form, under the “social sciences and/or humanities” field of research.

Note: Applicants for the CGS M competition who are eligible for the MINDS Scholarship Initiative Supplements and the MINDS Master’s Scholarships for Indigenous Students may apply to both streams of funding; however, if applicants are selected to receive funding, they will be offered either the supplement or scholarship and not both.

Recipients of a SSHRC Doctoral Award (CGS D scholarship or SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship) or SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship who applied for a MINDS Initiative Doctoral Award or Postdoctoral Fellowship will be considered for the MINDS Scholarship Initiative Supplements, to the limit of available funding. There is no separate application process for the MINDS Scholarship Initiative Supplements.

Evaluation and adjudication

Applications to the CGS M competition are adjudicated first by institutional selection committees, as outlined in the CGS M competition’s selection process.

Applications submitted to the SSHRC Doctoral Awards and the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships competitions are adjudicated first by the relevant SSHRC selection committee.

Selection committees do not review the documents (statements, justifications) submitted as part of the MINDS Scholarship Initiative application.

After this adjudication phase, the review processes outlined below are followed for each funding stream.

MINDS Master’s Scholarships for Indigenous Students

To be considered for a MINDS Master’s Scholarship for Indigenous Students, applicants must first be successful in the CGS M competition.

SSHRC staff will review personal statements and statements of thematic relevance to ensure that applicants have provided the requested information, in line with the application instructions.

MINDS Initiative Doctoral Awards and Postdoctoral Fellowships

To ensure that applicants have provided the requested information, in line with the application instructions, SSHRC staff will review the one-page justifications of applications that were judged meritorious through SSHRC’s merit review process.

MINDS Scholarship Initiative Supplements

To be considered for a MINDS Scholarship Initiative Supplement, applicants must first be successful in the CGS M competition, the SSHRC Doctoral Awards competition, or the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships competition.

SSHRC staff will review statements of thematic relevance or justifications to ensure that applicants have provided the requested information, in line with the application instructions.

Review by DND

After validating that applicants’ statements align with the instructions, SSHRC will forward to DND eligible applications for a relevance review and ranking.

MINDS Scholarship Initiative awards and supplements will be offered to eligible applicants whose proposals DND deems to be the most relevant to its research areas. The awards and supplements will be offered to the limit of available funding.

Conditions of funding

All MINDS Scholarship Initiative award and supplement holders must accept the terms and conditions of their MINDS award or supplement, as set out in the Notice of Award (including attachments). They must also adhere to all the terms and conditions attached to their SSHRC or CGS award.

To maintain eligibility for MINDS Scholarship Initiative funding , award and supplement holders’ research must remain within the priority areas of the MINDS Policy Challenges or Canada’s defence policy Strong, Secure, Engaged.

Reporting requirements for each funding stream will be outlined in the Notice of Award and letter of offer.

MINDS Master’s Scholarships for Indigenous Students

To hold a MINDS Master’s Scholarship for Indigenous Students, recipients must hold an active SSHRC-funded CGS M award. The MINDS Master’s Scholarship for Indigenous Students does not replace the CGS M award.

MINDS Initiative Doctoral Awards and Postdoctoral Fellowships

A MINDS Initiative Doctoral Award and Postdoctoral Fellowship may not be held simultaneously with a SSHRC award. If a SSHRC award holder accepts a MINDS Initiative Doctoral Award or Postdoctoral Fellowship, this award will replace their SSHRC award.

MINDS Scholarship Initiative Supplements

To hold a MINDS Scholarship Initiative Supplement, recipients must hold an active SSHRC-funded CGS M Scholarship, a SSHRC Doctoral Award (CGS D Scholarship or SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship) or a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Regulations, policies and related information

SSHRC reserves the right to determine the eligibility of applications, based on the information included. SSHRC also reserves the right to interpret the regulations and policies governing its funding opportunities.

For descriptions of SSHRC terms, see Definitions of Terms.

All fellowship and scholarship applicants and holders must follow the applicable policies, regulations and guidelines as well as the regulations set out in the Tri-Agency Research Training Award Holder’s Guide.

Contact information

For more information, contact:

Tel.: 613-943-7777
Email: fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

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