Special Response Fund for Trainees (Ukraine)

After December 22, 2022, the Special Response Fund for Trainees (Ukraine) will no longer be accepting applications. Beyond this date, Canadian researchers may continue to use their existing grants to support international trainees in Canada.

For more information about this special response fund, consult the Frequently Asked Questions

Following the recent statement by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, and further to the commitment of the three federal granting agencies to support researchers and students impacted by the crisis in Ukraine, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) have established a limited-time Special Response Fund for Trainees (Ukraine), or SRFT-Ukraine, to initiate or maintain the employment or financial support—via stipend or salary—of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are directly impacted by the crisis in Ukraine.

Canada is recognized as a leader in building partnerships and uniting researchers and highly qualified personnel of different nationalities and cultures in the shared pursuit of scientific excellence. Recognizing how the crisis in Ukraine may affect the research landscape, this additional funding for grant holders will support trainees, defined as graduate students or postdoctoral researchers, through salaries and stipends.

Support can be requested for a period of up to 12 months. The maximum allowable amounts are as follows:

Master’s level Up to $20,000
Doctoral level Up to $25,000
Postdoctoral level Up to $45,000

Requested amounts must be pro-rated to reflect the expected duration of the support.

Application process

Applications received on or before December 22, 2022, will be processed as they are received.

Grant holders will be required to submit a short application form to SSHRC requesting funds to initiate or maintain the employment or financial support of a new or existing trainee. In this form, the grant holder attests that:

  • the trainee will participate in research activities associated with the direct costs of this grant;
  • the trainee is directly impactedFootnote * by the crisis in Ukraine;
  • the trainee is not benefiting from other tri-agency funds for the same purpose; and
  • the trainee’s support would end or not be possible if the requested funds were not granted.

The trainee must be in Canada at the time of application and for the duration of the support.

To apply, eligible grant holders must complete the PDF application form and have it signed by the relevant institutional representative. The completed PDF form shall be submitted on the secure submission site. If the grant holder has or expects to have more than one graduate student or postdoctoral researcher supported by this initiative, one form should be submitted for each impacted individual.


The applicant (grant holder) must hold an active grant (including the automatic extension period) awarded under one of the funding opportunities listed below at the time of application. Grant holders must also maintain an active grant (including the automatic extension period) during the entire period of tenure of the SRFT-Ukraine.

Communication of decisions

Applicants and the relevant institutional representative will be notified of decisions within 20 business days following submission.

For more information, or to ask about special circumstances that are not covered by the attestation provided, contact SSHRC at SRFT-FSAS@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca.

Eligible programs and funding opportunities


  • Aid to Scholarly Journals
  • Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative
  • Canadian Initiative on Social Statistics—Canadian Research Data Centre Network
  • Collaborative Health Research Projects
  • Connection Grants
  • Department of National Defence Research Initiative
  • Imagining Canada’s Future Ideas Lab
  • Insight Development Grants
  • Insight Grants
  • Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants
  • Knowledge Synthesis Grants
  • Open Research Area
  • Pan-Canadian Knowledge Access Initiative
  • Partnership Development Grants
  • Partnership Engage Grants
  • Partnership Grants
  • Partnership Grants—Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Joint Initiative
  • Partnership Grants—Healthy and Productive Work CIHR
  • Partnership Grants training initiatives
  • Partnership Engage Grants COVID-19 Special Initiative
  • Partnership Engage Grants—Residential Schools Joint Initiative
  • PCH-SSHRC Initiative for Digital Citizen Research (Insight Grants and Connection Grants)
  • Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative
  • Sport Participation Research Initiative
  • Trans-Atlantic Platform—Recovery, Renewal and Resilience in a Post-Pandemic World
  • Trans-Atlantic Platform—Social Innovation

Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS)

  • New Frontiers in Research Fund—Exploration Stream
  • New Frontiers in Research Fund—Transformation Stream
  • New Frontiers in Research Fund—Horizon Global Platform

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