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From April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016, SSHRC received over 13,300 funding applications and awarded more than 4,100 new grants and fellowships.

Over the course of competitions, some 700 people participated in Talent, Insight and Connection merit review committees, and SSHRC received over 4,800 external assessments of project proposals, in addition to thousands of reference letters for scholarship and fellowship applications.

Additional competition results from the 2015-16 fiscal year are included below.

A number of competitions have also taken place in April and early May 2016, with results to be released in the coming months.

SSHRC at a glance

Percentage growth, since 2005, in total student support:


Average percentage of grant funding used by researchers to pay student salaries:


Average percentage spent on equipment:


SSHRC investments, since 2008, in Official Languages research:


Total members sitting on SSHRC’s 101 application assessment committees:


Number of external assessors and experts supporting funding application review:


Percentage of assessors and committee members voluntarily contributing their time and expertise:


Highlights: Latest Competition ResultsFootnote 1

2015-16 Fiscal year: April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016


Number of external assessments received


Total number of applications received (including non-eligible applications)

Number of applications received
Grant applications Fellowship applications
4700 8600


Total number of new awards

Total number of new awards
  New grant awards New Fellowship awards
  1400 2700


Attracting, retaining and developing students and researchers in the social sciences and humanities

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program

  • Master's Scholarships: 1,285 scholarships awarded
  • Doctoral Scholarships: 430 scholarships awarded. 65 per cent went to students in their first year of doctoral studies, while the remaining 35 per cent went to second-year students.

Canada Graduate Scholarships

  • Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements: 127 scholarships awarded
  • Vanier: 181 eligible applications received, with 55 scholarships awarded

Doctoral Fellowships

  • SSHRC: 1,982 eligible applications received, with 475 fellowships awarded

Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • SSHRC: 841 eligible applications received, with 156 fellowships awarded
  • Banting: 162 eligible applications received, with 24 fellowships awarded


Building new knowledge in the social sciences and humanities

Insight Grants

  • 1,703 eligible applications received
  • 529 new awards, representing a success rate of 31 per cent and an average amount of $151,343.
  • $80,060,232 was awarded in new grants, to be issued over five years and supporting some 1,630 researchers and collaborators.

Insight Development Grants

  • 286 grants were awarded in 2015
  • 1,211 eligible applications received for the February 2016 intake of Insight Development Grants


Mobilizing social sciences and humanities knowledge

Connection Grants

  • The Connection Grants funding opportunity received 527 applications, awarding 288 grants in support of short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives such as events and outreach activities.

Knowledge Synthesis Grants


Encouraging collaborative research by supporting talent, fostering insight and building new connections

Community and College Social Innovation Fund

  • 159 eligible applications received, 53 awarded funding

Partnership Development Grants competition

  • 143 eligible applications received, 51 awarded funding

Partnership Development Grants – Healthy Productive Workplace Initiative

  • 57 eligible applications received for this partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Partnership Grants—Letter of Intent competition

  • 100 eligible applications received, 28 awarded funding

Partnership Grants—Formal competition

  • 27 eligible applications received, 17 awarded funding

Breakdown of partner category for Partnership Grants and Partnership Development Grants (government, industry, not-for-profit, postsecondary):

2015-16 Partnership (PG and PDG) Partners, by Sector
  Government Industry Not-for-profit Postsecondary
  15% 10% 35% 40%

Cross-Canada Impact:
SSHRC Expenditures by Province/Territory 2015-16

Map of Canada

Province / Territory SSHRC Expenditures ()


0.2 M

North West Territories

0.1 M

British Columbia

50.9 M


21.4 M


6.2 M


8.0 M


146.7 M


94.2 M


4.2 M

Prince Edward Island

0.9 M

Nova Scotia

11.8 M

New Brunswick

4.2 M

Other Countries

4.6 M


Footnote 1

As of April 1, 2016

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