April  2017

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the storytellers

Today, SSHRC announced the finalists for its 2017 Storytellers contest, which challenges postsecondary students to show---- in three minutes or 300 words---- how knowledge about the social sciences and humanities helps Canadians understand and improve the world around us. This year's top entries address a range of issues, including big data, climate change, Indigenous knowledge, youth, food security and immigration.

See the list of the top 25 finalists

Starting April 18, check our website each week for profiles of five finalists and their submissions. And find out who will be this year's Final Five winners on May 29 at the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
A look at what we do by the numbers
top 5 storyteller viodes
Shelley Moore, The University of British Columbia

Jona Zyfi, Ryerson University
number 3video 3Transnational Identities in Changing Times
Klara Abdi, The University of British Columbia
number 4video 4Social Supports for Former Foster Youth
Robin MacEwan, Carleton University
number 5video 5Decolonizing Civic Spaces: Indigenous New Media Art in Winnipeg
Jessica Jacobson-Konefall, Queen's University 
The latest from SSHRC and its partners
On March 16, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced the recipients of SSHRC's 2016 Knowledge Synthesis Grants focused on understanding the current and historical, cultural, social and economic experiences of First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis peoples in Canada. Read the news release to find out more.
International teams to dig into data
On March 31, SSHRC and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council announced $897,000 was awarded to six of the 14 winning teams of the 2016 Trans-Atlantic Platform Digging into Data Challenge. Their projects will use cutting-edge big data techniques to investigate a wide range of topics, such as studying the standards of living across countries using online price data. Read the news release for more information.

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SSHRC brings research in music to the Acfas congress 2017
SSHRC may bring a little jazz to the 85th Congress of the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) at McGill University from May 8 to 12. This year, SSHRC will host two public events: one on May 9 that will examine resilience and radicalization through music, and another on May 10 about the impact of technology on music creation. Learn more about these and other SSHRC activities during the Acfas congress.
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Queen Elizabeth Scholarship program expanded
SSHRC has partnered with the International Development Research Centre to help expand the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Advanced Scholars Program. Through this program, more than 450 doctoral, postdoctoral and early-career researchers will take on global research projects, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Learn more about the Queen Elizabeth Scholars.
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To celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, we asked researchers to tell us how social sciences and humanities research has advanced Canadian society.

"Social sciences and humanities research provides the texture and colour to everyday life. While the hard sciences provide the outlines of our world, humanities and social sciences research shades in the details. It provides us with a sharper lens through which to view the world."

----  Ian Wereley,  Carleton University, 2016 SSHRC Storytellers Final Five winner

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Did you know that you could apply for funding for research tools that are distinct from a typical component of a research grant? Check out SSHRC's guidelines for support of tools for research and related activities for details on applying, what tools are eligible and more.  
Featured stories, events and activities
Imagine a skyscraper that changes colour depending on the temperature. Or poetry that's revealed on a building as it absorbs and collects rain drops for use as potable water. Filiz Klassen has created architectural fabrics that do just that, with a purpose: to work with, and protect against, environmental changes.
Faye Mishna led a study involving 19 Toronto district schools on bullying among young people over social media. She plans to spread awareness of this issue by engaging policy-makers and providing advice to schools, parents, youth and corporate stakeholders on how to confront and prevent it. 

Join SSHRC at Congress from May 27 to June 2 at Ryerson University for a number of events, including:
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