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SSHRC supports postsecondary-based research, research training and knowledge mobilization activities in the social sciences and humanities.

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ID Title Deadline Applicant Program Type Status
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College and Community Innovation Program

The College and Community Innovation (CCI) program is managed by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and SSHRC. The objective of the CCI program is to increase innovation at the community and/or regional level by enabling Canadian colleges to increase their capacity to work with local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises. It supports applied research and collaborations that facilitate commercialization, as well as technology transfer, adaptation and adoption of new technologies. There are nine types of grants in the CCI program, including the College and Community Social Innovation Fund, to support well-defined and focused community innovation projects undertaken by college researchers with their partners from the public, private or not-for-profit sectors.

Contact NSERC at ccsif-fiscc@nserc-crsng.gc.ca or SSHRC at partnerships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca.

No deadline Institution Connection Grants  
25

Sport Participation Research Initiative

The Sport Participation Research Initiative is a joint initiative between SSHRC and Sport Canada that supports the objectives of the Canadian Sport Policy. The initiative funds eligible doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and postsecondary institution-affiliated researchers to conduct research on enhancing participation in sport—and its outcomes—in Canada.

Interested students and researchers are invited to apply through the following:

Learn more about the Sport Participation Research Initiative, including details on its application deadline, eligibility requirements and the application process.

For more information, contact:

Email: research@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

No deadline Graduate student, Postdoctoral researcher, Researchers Talent Joint initiatives and supplements Closed
28

Awards to Scholarly Publications Program

Through this program, the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences supports books of advanced scholarship in the humanities and social sciences that make an important contribution to knowledge.

No deadline Scholarly journal Insight Joint initiatives and supplements  
35

Partnership Grants—Stage 2

These grants support new and existing formal research and/or knowledge mobilization partnerships over four to seven years.

October 29, 2022 Postdoctoral researcher, Researchers Talent, Insight, Connection Grants Closed
36

Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights Research

The Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights Research is a $10,000 supplement awarded yearly to a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient conducting research in the field of human rights.

Eligible candidates must apply through the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships funding opportunity by selecting this supplement in the Application profile section of the application form. They must also provide a maximum one-page justification explaining how their research project aligns with the supplement’s theme.

For more information, contact:

Email: fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

No deadline Postdoctoral researcher Talent Joint initiatives and supplements Open
38

Jules and Gabrielle Léger Fellowship

The Jules and Gabrielle Léger Fellowship is a $10,000 supplement awarded yearly to a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient conducting research on the historical and contemporary contribution of the Crown to the lives of Canadians.

Eligible candidates must apply through the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships funding opportunity by selecting this supplement in the Application profile section of the application form. They must also provide a maximum one-page justification explaining how their research project aligns with the supplement’s theme.

For more information, contact:

Email: fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

No deadline Postdoctoral researcher Talent Joint initiatives and supplements Open
39

Canada Graduate Scholarships—Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements

A tri-agency program to support Canadian graduate students build global linkages and international networks through exceptional research experiences at research institutions outside of Canada.

October 10, 2022 Graduate student Talent Joint initiatives and supplements Open
41

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships (direct applications)

These fellowships are for students applying to, or registered in, a doctoral program or a combined MA/PhD program in the social sciences or humanities.

October 17, 2022 Graduate student Talent Awards Open
42

Aileen D. Ross Fellowship

The Aileen D. Ross Fellowship is a $10,000 supplement awarded yearly to a SSHRC doctoral award recipient conducting poverty-related research in sociology.

Eligible candidates must apply through the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships funding opportunity by selecting this supplement in the Application profile section of the application form. They must also provide a maximum one-page justification explaining how their research project aligns with the supplement’s theme.

For more information, contact:

Email: fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

No deadline Graduate student Talent Joint initiatives and supplements Open
44

Queen’s Fellowship

The Queen’s Fellowship is a $10,000 supplement awarded yearly to a SSHRC doctoral award recipient entering a program in Canadian studies at a Canadian postsecondary institution.

At time of application, candidates are considered eligible if they intend to enrol in or are registered in the first year of such a program.

Eligible candidates must apply through the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships funding opportunity by selecting this supplement in the Application profile section of the application form. They must also provide a maximum one-page justification explaining how their research project aligns with the supplement’s theme.

For more information, contact:

Email: fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

No deadline Graduate student Talent Joint initiatives and supplements Open
47

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

These scholarships are to support Canadian and international students undertaking doctoral studies at Canadian universities.

November 3, 2022 Graduate student Talent Awards  
48

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

These fellowships are to support promising new scholars (PhD holders) in the social sciences and humanities.

September 14, 2022 Postdoctoral researcher Talent Awards  
49

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

This program is open to both Canadian and international researchers who have recently completed a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree

October 1, 2022 Postdoctoral researcher Talent Awards  
52

Partnership Development Grants

These grants support the development of research and related activities in the social sciences and humanities.

November 15, 2022 Postdoctoral researcher, Researchers Insight, Connection Grants Closed
54

Insight Grants

These grants support research initiatives of up to five years.

October 1, 2022 Postdoctoral researcher, Researchers Insight Grants Closed
55

Insight Development Grants

These grants support research in its initial stages.

February 2, 2023 Postdoctoral researcher, Researchers Insight Grants Closed
59

Partnership Grants—Stage 1

Partnership Grant proposals are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program or the Connection program, or a combination thereof. Proposals exclusively for partnered research training initiatives are expected to respond, instead, to the objectives of the Talent program. Please see the Insight, Connection and Talent program descriptions for more details.

February 10, 2023 Postdoctoral researcher, Researchers Insight, Connection Grants Closed
64

Connection Grants

These grants support short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization events and activities.

November 1, February 1, May 1, August 1 (8 p.m. eastern) Postdoctoral researcher, Researchers Connection Grants Open
65

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships (institution applications)

These fellowships are for students applying to, or registered in, a doctoral program or a combined MA/PhD program in the social sciences or humanities.

No deadline Graduate student Talent Awards  
66

Canada Graduate Scholarships—Master’s Program

The Canada Graduate Scholarships—Master’s program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in eligible master’s or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council manages this funding opportunity on SSHRC’s behalf.

December 1, 2022 Graduate student Talent Awards  
69

Belmont Forum

The Belmont Forum aims to enhance co-operation and co-ordination of global environmental change research.

While the Belmont Forum does not offer additional or dedicated research funds, SSHRC invites Canadian researchers to develop proposals that involve their international colleagues and partners and to submit their applications through funding opportunities offered under SSHRC’s Insight program and Connection program

Apply via:

For more information, visit the Belmont Forum website or contact SSHRC at:

Email: partnershipgrants@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca 

No deadline Postdoctoral researcher, Researchers Connection, Insight Joint initiatives and supplements  
72

SSHRC Impact Awards

SSHRC Impact Awards are designed to build on and sustain Canada’s research-based knowledge culture in the social sciences and humanities. The awards recognize outstanding researchers and celebrate their achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities funded partially or completely by SSHRC.

April 1, 2022 Graduate student, Postdoctoral researcher, Researchers Talent, Insight, Connection Grants, Awards Closed
80

Alice Wilson Award

Each year, the Royal Society of Canada offers the Alice Wilson Award, in the form of a $1,000 supplement, 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.

Award winners are chosen from the current year’s top-ranked female recipients of Postdoctoral Fellowships from the three federal research funding agencies: SSHRC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council.

Applicants do not need to apply for this supplementary award. Eligible Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients will be contacted in the months following the competition results.

For more information, contact:

Email: fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

No deadline Postdoctoral researcher Talent Joint initiatives and supplements  
81

Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes—SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships Collaborations

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship holders or candidates are invited to connect with the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) to explore the possibility of organizing a residency with one of CHCI’s member centers or institutes.

While not a source of additional or dedicated research funds, this collaboration with CHCI can help SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship holders strengthen their research and secure additional opportunities in research training and career development.

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship holders or candidates can contact any prospective CHCI host organizations before submitting their postdoctoral application to SSHRC, or at any point after receiving notification that they have obtained a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship.

For more information, contact:

Email: chci@humanities.wisc.edu

No deadline Postdoctoral researcher Talent Joint initiatives and supplements  
90

Societal Implications of Genomics Research

Societal Implications of Genomics Research is a joint initiative of SSHRC and Genome Canada. The initiative promotes social sciences and humanities research and related activities aimed at expanding understanding of the potential for new and emerging genomic innovations to profoundly affect society. Interested researchers should develop proposals related to this focus and submit their applications through funding opportunities offered under SSHRC’s Insight program and Connection program.

Apply via:

No deadline Postdoctoral researcher, Researchers Insight, Connection Joint initiatives and supplements  
96

Department of National Defence Research Initiative

This joint initiative between SSHRC and Defence Research and Development Canada, an agency of the Department of National Defence, supports social sciences and humanities research and related activities pertaining to Defence Research and Development Canada’s research priorities. Interested researchers should develop proposals related to this focus and submit their applications through the following:

See the relevant funding opportunity description for the application deadline.

Learn more about this joint initiative, including details on its eligibility requirements and application process.

For more information, contact:

Email: research@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

No deadline Postdoctoral researcher, Researchers Insight Joint initiatives and supplements  
103

Partnership Engage Grants

These grants support short-term partnered research activities involving a postsecondary institution and a single organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sectors.

September 15, December 15, March 15 and June 15 Postdoctoral researcher, Researchers Insight, Connection Grants Open
105

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)-SSHRC Housing Research Training Awards Program

CMHC and SSHRC 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.

Eligible candidates must apply through SSHRC’s Postdoctoral Fellowships funding opportunity and select the “CMHC-SSHRC Training Awards” option from the drop-down menu in their application form. They must also provide a maximum one-page justification explaining how their research project aligns with one or more of the CMHC National Housing Strategy’s priority areas for action.

Learn more about the CMHC Housing Research Scholarship Program.

For more information, contact:

Email: fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

No deadline Postdoctoral researcher Talent Joint initiatives and supplements  
106

Mitacs Elevate Fellowships

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants working with Canadian business and/or eligible not-for-profit organizations are invited to apply for a Mitacs Elevate Fellowship.

To be considered for this fellowship, eligible applicants must make the proper selection from the drop-down menu in their SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship application form. They must also complete an abridged Mitacs Elevate application form and upload it to their SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship application. To access the abridged Mitacs Elevate form, they must contact a Mitacs business development representative.

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 the partner organization for their Mitacs Elevate application as their secondary institution of affiliation. In addition, they must include the required institutional affiliation justification, as outlined in the “Program of work” section of the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship application instructions.

For more information, contact:

Email: fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

No deadline Postdoctoral researcher Talent Joint initiatives and supplements  
110

Mitacs Accelerate

Applicants working with Canadian businesses and/or eligible not-for-profit organizations are invited to apply for internship cofunding through the Mitacs Accelerate internships program as a component of their project’s training of graduate students and/or postdoctoral researchers. Grant holders in the following funding opportunities are eligible for a streamlined application process for Mitacs Accelerate internships:

Interested grant holders must submit a completed Mitacs Accelerate application form to Mitacs after SSHRC competition results have been announced. To access the Accelerate application form, contact a Mitacs business development representative.

No deadline Postdoctoral researcher, Researchers Insight, Connection Joint initiatives and supplements  
115

Open Research Area

SSHRC is partnering with Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Germany) and the Economic and Social Research Council (United Kingdom) to launch the seventh Open Research Area Call for Proposals. The call supports joint international research projects to strengthen international co-operation and to fund high quality scientific research. The ORA 7 scheme will provide funding for integrated projects by researchers coming from at least three of the four subscribing countries (Canada, France, Germany and UK).

For more information, visit Open Research Area or contact:

Email: partnerships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

November 17, 2021 Researchers Connection Joint initiatives and supplements Closed
118

Department of National Defence MINDS Scholarship Initiative

This initiative offers research training awards 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 Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) Policy Challenges, and/or Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.

See the relevant funding opportunity description for the application deadline.

Learn more about the MINDS Scholarship Initiative, including details on its eligibility requirements and application process.

For more information, contact:

Email: fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

No deadline Graduate student, Postdoctoral researcher Talent Joint initiatives and supplements  
119

Joint Initiative for Digital Citizen Research

This joint initiative between Canadian Heritage and SSHRC supports the goals of Canada’s approach to protecting democracy by offering grants and supplementary funding to individuals conducting research or related activities on online disinformation and its impacts.

Interested students and researchers are invited to apply through the following funding opportunities:

See the relevant funding opportunity description for the application deadline.

Details on eligibility requirements and the application process are available through the Joint Initiative for Digital Citizen Research page.

For more information on Doctoral Award and Postdoctoral Fellowship supplements, contact:

Email: fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

For more information on Connection Grants, contact:

Email: connection@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

No deadline Graduate student, Postdoctoral researcher, Researchers Talent, Insight, Connection Joint initiatives and supplements  
120

Mitacs Elevate Research Management Training Initiative

As part of a joint initiative with Mitacs, SSHRC is offering exclusive access to the Mitacs Elevate Research Management Training Initiative for SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship holders who wish to participate. Additional travel support may be available to attend in-person activities.

This initiative consists of in-person and online networking and training activities over a two-year period, to develop skills in leadership and management, communication and relationship building, and personal and professional management.

To be considered for this training opportunity, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship candidates must make the appropriate selection from the drop-down menu in their application form. They must also submit a brief expression of interest (maximum one page) indicating how participation in this initiative aligns with, and might enhance, their professional development goals.

A maximum of 25 SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship holders will be selected for this training opportunity, based on their relative rank in the competition and how their professional development goals align with this initiative, as outlined in their expression of interest. Candidates do not need to apply for the Mitacs Elevate Fellowship to be considered for the Mitacs Elevate training initiative, as they are separate and distinct.

For more information, contact:

Email: fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

No deadline Postdoctoral researcher Talent Joint initiatives and supplements  
123

Canada Graduate Scholarships—Doctoral Program

The Canada Graduate Scholarships—Doctoral program is a federal program of scholarships awarded through national competitions by the granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and SSHRC.

The program supports high-calibre students engaged in doctoral programs in all academic disciplines. This support allows scholars to fully concentrate on their doctoral studies, to seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields and to contribute to the Canadian research ecosystem during and beyond the tenure of their awards.

October 17, 2022 Graduate student Talent Awards  
128

Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative

To continue helping the Canadian social sciences and humanities research community better understand data management and incorporate data management considerations into research practices, SSHRC’s Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative will fund at least 10 meritorious Connection Grants proposals per competition to support the research community’s development, adoption and dissemination of research data management standards, practices, tools and skills appropriate to their field.

No deadline Postdoctoral researcher, Researchers Connection Grants Open
138

John R. Evans Leaders Fund

The John R. Evans Leaders Fund of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) offers infrastructure funding to support research and/or research-related partnership activities. Interested applicants must submit separate proposals to SSHRC and the CFI. They must apply through:

For more information, contact the CFI liaison officer at your institution, or contact SSHRC at:

Email: partnershipgrants@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

No deadline Graduate student, Postdoctoral researcher, Researchers Insight Joint initiatives and supplements Open
140

Aid to Scholarly Journals

These grants are meant to increase access to, and readership of, original research results in the social sciences and humanities through Canadian scholarly journals.

September 10, 2021 Scholarly journal Insight Grants Open
144

Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative

The goal of the Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative is to support community-based and community-led research partnerships with postsecondary institutions that are grounded in the lived experience of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups and that analyze the causes and persistence of systemic racism and discrimination. Leadership by people from underrepresented or disadvantaged groups in research projects about race, gender and diversity is important to help ensure the research is grounded in the complexities of the lived experiences and histories of diverse groups and individuals, and to inform more rigorous and relevant policy and program design. The ultimate purpose of this initiative is to support partnership research and related activities to meet the needs of organizations working toward removing barriers and disparities for women; First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples; Black, Asian and other racialized peoples; people living with disabilities (both visible and invisible); LGBTQ2+ people; religious minorities; and others marginalized on the basis of their ethnicity and other identity factors.

November 15, 2021 Postdoctoral researcher, Researchers Talent, Insight, Connection Grants Open
145

Canadian Research Data Centre Network Directed Grant

SSHRC and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research have identified support for access to relevant and highly sought-after Statistics Canada microdata as a priority strategic investment through a directed grant to the Canadian Research Data Centre Network. The network includes 32 secure computer laboratories (research data centres) on university campuses across Canada, providing the only secure access to Statistics Canada microdata.

Notice of Intent: September 20, 2021
Full Application: November 4, 2021
Joint initiatives and supplements Open
147

Partnership Engage Grants—Residential Schools Joint Initiative

This NCTR-SSHRC initiative is taking the form of a one-time funding opportunity, the Partnership Engage Grants—Residential Schools Joint Initiative. The PEG RSJI will support projects responding to a community’s need for planning, discussions, archival work or storytelling prior to, or in addition to, excavations or identifications on residential school sites in Canada. Projects can also focus on ground exploration, identification of sites and remains, repatriation of missing children from residential schools in Canada, or mapping and preservation of these sites, as judged appropriate by the community.

June 15, 2022 Researchers Insight Grants, Joint initiatives and supplements Open
148

Special Response Fund for Trainees (Ukraine)

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.

December 22, 2022 Researchers Joint initiatives and supplements Open
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