Research Training and Talent Development

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The goal of SSHRC’s Research Training and Talent Development program is to support students and postdoctoral researchers to develop the next generation of researchers and leaders across society, within academia and across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.


SSHRC’s Research Training and Talent Development program promotes the learning of research skills, and assists in the training of highly qualified personnel in the social sciences and humanities. Through this program, SSHRC fosters the development of talented and creative people who will become leaders across campuses and communities, and, thereby as a result, contribute to Canada’s success in the globalized 21st century.


The objectives of the Research Training and Talent Development program are to:

Funding opportunities

For the most up-to-date information on all funding opportunities, see SSHRC’s funding search tool.

All applicants are invited to consider addressing in their research proposal one or more of the 16 future global challenges identified under SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future initiative.

SSHRC, in alignment with its Indigenous Research Statement of Principles, also welcomes applications involving Indigenous research. Interested applicants are invited to visit  Indigenous Research for more information.

Following the funding for Black scholars announced in Budget 2022, SSHRC offers awards designated for Black students and postdoctoral researchers through the following research training funding opportunities: Undergraduate Student Research Awards, Canada Graduate Scholarships—Master’s program, Canada Graduate Scholarships—Doctoral program, and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships.

For undergraduate students

For master’s students

For doctoral students

For postdoctoral researchers

For formal partnerships

SSHRC provides funding for research, research training and knowledge mobilization carried out by new and existing formal partnerships.

Impact Awards

SSHRC Impact Awards celebrate the achievements of Canada's top leaders, thinkers and researchers in the social sciences and humanities, through five award categories. Eligible institutions can nominate researchers or students who hold or have held SSHRC funding relevant to the award category.

Joint initiatives and supplements

SSHRC offers supplementary funding to support scholarship and fellowship award holders, some of which is offered through joint initiatives. SSHRC collaborates with organizations from across the not-for-profit, private and public sectors to support and promote training, research and connection activities in the social sciences and humanities. SSHRC’s joint initiatives are designed to reflect its strategic objectives and mandate, inform decision-makers, and, in certain cases, address specific needs of SSHRC partners.

For a complete list of available supplements and joint initiatives, see SSHRC’s funding search tool.

Unless otherwise indicated, there is no separate application process for most initiatives and supplements. However, candidates must indicate they wish to be considered for an initiative or a supplement, and explain why, in their application form.

Interagency collaboration

Under the direction of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee, SSHRC, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation are working to better co-ordinate their programs, activities and policies. Learn more about interagency collaboration.

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