The 2022 SSHRC Impact Awards finalists revealed

Outstanding leaders, thinkers, researchers shortlisted for prestigious social sciences and humanities prizes

October 25, 2022—SSHRC is delighted to reveal the 12 finalists for its 2022 Impact Awards. The winners in each category—Talent, Insight, Connection and Partnership, as well as this year’s Gold Medal recipient—will be announced on December 1, 2022.

The annual SSHRC Impact Awards recognize the highest achievements from outstanding researchers and students in social sciences and humanities research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities funded partially or fully by SSHRC. The finalists are selected by a jury composed of renowned experts from academia, as well as the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.

The finalists are as follows:

Talent Award

The Talent Award recognizes outstanding achievement by someone who currently holds a SSHRC doctoral scholarship or fellowship or postdoctoral fellowship. This includes, but is not limited to, a Canada Graduate Scholarship, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, or Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Talent Award is given to an individual who maintains academic excellence, has a talent for research and knowledge mobilization and has demonstrated clear potential to be a future leader within and/or outside the academic sector.

Insight Award

The Insight Award recognizes outstanding achievement arising from a single or multiple SSHRC-funded initiatives. It is given to an individual or a team whose initiative(s) have significantly contributed to knowledge and understanding about people, societies, and the world. The research outcomes must have led to demonstrable impact within the nominee’s fields of research and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community.

Connection Award

The Connection Award recognizes an outstanding SSHRC-funded initiative that facilitates the flow and exchange of research knowledge within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community. It is given to an individual or team whose initiative has engaged the campus and/or wider community, and has generated intellectual, cultural, social and/or economic impacts.

Partnership Award

The Partnership Award recognizes a SSHRC‑funded formal partnership for its outstanding achievement in advancing research, research training or knowledge mobilization, or developing a new partnership approach to research and/or related activities. It is awarded to a formal partnership that, through mutual co-operation and shared intellectual leadership and resources, has demonstrated impact and influence within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community.

Gold Medal

The Gold Medal is SSHRC’s highest research honour. It is awarded to an individual whose sustained leadership, dedication and originality of thought have inspired students and colleagues alike. Finalists are not selected for the Gold Medal category; the recipient will be announced on December 1, 2022.


“The Impact Awards finalists embody the very best ideas and research about people, human thought and behaviour, culture and society, and more. They help us understand and improve the world around us, today and into the future. Each year, all of us at SSHRC look forward to learning who the jury has selected to be part of this select group of outstanding students and researchers, and this year is no exception. Congratulations to you all!”

Ted Hewitt, president, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


Lise Larocque
Communications Advisor
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Media Relations

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