SSHRC announces finalists for the 2023 Impact Awards

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

October 17, 2023—The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is pleased to announce the 12 finalists for the 2023 Impact Awards. The winners in each award category—Talent, Insight, Connection and Partnership, in addition to the Gold Medal recipient—will be announced on November 23, 2023.

The annual SSHRC Impact Awards recognize the highest achievements by outstanding researchers and students in social sciences and humanities research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities funded 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.

This year’s finalists are:

Talent Award

The Talent Award recognizes outstanding achievement by someone who currently holds a SSHRC doctoral scholarship or fellowship or postdoctoral fellowship. This may include 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 November 23, 2023.


“The Impact Awards finalists are leaders and innovative thinkers advancing social sciences and humanities research in Canada. Their work and collaborative partnerships help us understand and improve culture, human behaviour and society. At SSHRC, we always look forward to learning who the jury has selected to be part of this prestigious 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


Émilie Lacharité
Communications Advisor
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Media Relations

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