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eNewsletter of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

October 2022

Real Insight. Real Impact. Real Purpose.

Real Insight. Real Impact. Real Purpose. Showcasing social sciences and humanities expertise on top issues

for Canadians

SSHRC recently launched a bilingual campaign that demonstrates social sciences and humanities’ contributions to better understanding major issues facing Canadian society, including: economic vulnerability, climate change and environment, pandemic and wellness, Indigenous reconciliation, and cybersecurity. Check out the Real Insight. Real Impact. Real Purpose campaign website and help spread the word by sharing content from the site and SSHRC’s posts on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram, using hashtags #Realinsight and #SSHRCFunded.

The latest from SSHRC and its partners

Meet the 2022 Impact Awards finalists 

SSHRC is delighted to announce the finalists for the 2022 Talent, Insight, Connection and Partnership awards. Impact Award finalists embody the very best in ideas and research about people, human thought and behaviour, and culture. The winners of the four awards, as well as this year’s Gold medal winner, will be revealed on December 1 and honoured at a ceremony in Ottawa. Stay tuned for more details.


Now is the time for Canada to lead in fostering global research collaborations that drive innovative solutions to grand challenges, said SSHRC President Ted Hewitt in a recent The Hill Times op ed. 

Read what the SSHRC president had to say

Canadian Science Policy Conference 2022

Discussing federal priorities for supporting Canada’s research community

The Canada Research Coordinating Committee will host a panel discussion at the 2022 Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa, on November 16, to discuss key federal priorities for building a more equitable, connected and innovative research community for Canada. Join session 801 to watch, and to ask questions. 

Michelle Lonergan. Alice Wilson Award 2022.

Attachment theory researcher wins an

Alice Wilson Prize

Michelle Lonergan, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Ottawa School of Psychology, has been awarded a 2022 Alice Wilson Prize by the Royal Society of Canada, for her SSHRC-funded social sciences research. Lonergan is researching potentially traumatic effects of romantic betrayals on mental health and couple well-being. Three outstanding academics are selected annually for the $1,000 award from among the year’s top female winners of postdoctoral fellowships from the three federal research funding agencies.

Application deadlines, program updates, application tips and more

Upcoming deadlinesget your applications in now

Competitions close soon for:

Partnership Grants—Stage 2 (by invitation only) (October 29, 2022)

Connection Grants (November 1, 2022)

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Doctoral Nominations (November 1, 2022)

Partnership Development Grants (November 15, 2022)

Research Partnership Grants to assess longitudinal housing outcomes (November 22, 2022)

Canada Graduate Scholarships—Master’s Program (December 1, 2022)

Indigenous Scholars Awards and Supplements Pilot Initiative (December 1, 2022)

Knowledge Synthesis Grants: Shifting Dynamics of Privilege and Marginalization (December 15, 2022)

Partnership Engage Grants (December 15, 2022)

Special Response Fund for Trainees (Ukraine) (December 22, 2022)

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Research tip of the month: Register for the institutional research data management plans panel

Register and submit your questions for a live panel, November 4, noon to 1 p.m. (eastern), of representatives from various-sized institutions discussing their experiences developing and executing an institutional research data management strategy. SSHRC’s 2023 Partnership Grants Stage 2 competition will be the first SSHRC application to require such a strategy, with other SSHRC grants to follow suit over time.

Featured stories and articles
Jihyun Park. Photo courtesy of the Digital Democracies Institute

Humanities may hold solutions to antisocial social media trends



Social media is rife with abuse, mean language, biased algorithms, mis- and disinformation, echo chambers and hostile exchanges that hurt instead of help communication, and that hinder digital democracy. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media at Simon Fraser University, is combining insights from humanities such as theatre and performance studies with data science to improve algorithms, shift users from hostility to productive dialogue, support diversity, and better connect people online.

Photo: Jihyun Park (courtesy of the Digital Democracies Institute)

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Photo. Women-CONNECT Study

Edmonton study of immigrant Muslim women shows connectedness is key for

aging well

Jordana Salma, assistant professor in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Nursing, has been studying the challenges facing Muslim women who have immigrated to Canada. She is also investigating how older Muslim women can stay connected and healthy as they age in their adopted country. So far, her Insight Grant-funded “photovoice” research project is pointing to both real-world and digital connections of various kinds as being the not-so-secret secret behind healthy, active and engaged senior living.

Photo: Women-CONNECT study

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