January 2016

eNewsletter of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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Nelson Mandela
Honouring an incredible legacy
First 20 scholarships awarded to graduate students studying areas championed by anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela

The Government of Canada has awarded 20 inaugural scholarships to graduate students at the master's and doctoral level, in honour of the late Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa and anti-apartheid leader. These commemorative scholarships honour Mandela's legacy and pursuit of peace, democracy and freedom through learning. Find out more about the Canada Graduate Scholarships to Honour Nelson Mandela
A look at what we do, by the numbers
SSHRC supports great Canadian research---- this is how it plays out

The social sciences and humanities
research community comprises: 
  • More than 24,000 full-time faculty
  • 46,000 master's students
  • 21,000 doctoral students
  • Not to mention the many postdoctoral students, part-time faculty and support staff
In 2014-15, SSHRC funding supported:
  • 8,300 awards
  • 13,500 researchers
  • 8,100 students (4,600 through scholarships and 3,500 through grants) 
  • 3,000 research partnerships (including 275 with industry partners)
The latest from SSHRC and its partners

Pierre Marquet

At first glance, the link between photonics and psychiatry might not seem obvious. But, Pierre Marquet knows bringing these two disciplines together could help prevent psychiatric disorders in at-risk children.

"It is true there is a big gap between the disciplines," says Marquet. "In fact, the challenge is not so much to combine them, but to develop new, cutting-edge technologies dedicated to a brand new field: neurophotonics." Find out more.

Minister Duncan

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, recently announced some 820 SSHRC grants and 2,500 fellowships and scholarships for 2015-16---- an investment of more than $266 million supporting research and research training in the social sciences and humanities.

Governor General_s literary awards

Concordia University sociologist Jean-Philippe Warren recently won the 2015 Governor General's Literary Award in the category of French non-fiction. Warren's Honoré Beaugrand: La plume et l'épée (1848-1906) is the first major biography covering this pivotal figure in Quebec history.

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Attention college and university students: is there a great SSHRC-funded project happening at your school? Tell us all about it in three minutes or 300 words and you could win $3,000 and a trip to the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Calgary this summer.
Funding deadlines, program updates, application tips and more

Meet the new prize on the block: The SSHRC Award of Excellence
Has your institution found a creative way to promote great social sciences and humanities research? If so, we want to hear from you! Find out more about the new SSHRC Award of Excellence and help your communications teams get the recognition they deserve. Deadline for submissions is March 7, 2016.

Competitions closing soon for:
Knowledge Synthesis Grants: Emerging Technologies (January 12)
Connection Grants (February 1)
Insight Development Grants 
(February 3)
Partnership Grant Letters of Intent (February 15) 
SSHRC Impact Awards (April 8).

Funding tip of the month: Applying for an Insight Development Grant? Save time and trouble by gathering all the details you'll need for your Canadian Common CV
The Canadian Common CV (CCV) is a centralized online repository for your application information. And what's the advantage to you? A streamlined, one-time system for entering the personal and career data needed for your grant application---- with SSHRC or any of the 22 other funding agencies across Canada currently using the CCV. For now, the CCV applies to Insight Development Grants, but other SSHRC funding opportunities will be migrated in the next few years, so it's worth learning what it requires. Read our CCV FAQ here.
Featured stories, events and activities

The University of Guelph Canada Research Chair in Ethics and Global Social Change is combining philosophical thinking with practical development work to find better ways of empowering the poor---- and in doing so, reducing poverty in developing countries.

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At the University of Calgary's Augmented Criticism Lab, Michael Ullyot is using a computer algorithm to detect and analyze rhetorical devices. Understanding the techniques that make language effective is essential to creating memorable literature and communications.

SSHRC-funded research shows us who we are and where we're going

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Cheryl Heykoop helps children in conflict zonesvideo icon
Dylan Gordon studies the Canadian wild food tradevideo icon
Annie McEwen looks at child poverty in Canada


Honouring the best communications on social sciences and humanities research by Canadian postsecondary institutions. 
Make the podium yours. To enter or learn more, visit www.cprs.ca