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eNewsletter of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Summer 2024

Budget 2024

Tri-agency scholarships and fellowships increases coming September 1, 2024

Budget 2024 proposed significant new investments to increase the value and number of scholarships and fellowships for master’s and doctoral students, as well as postdoctoral researchers, funded by Canada’s federal research granting agencies. Recently, the ministers of Innovation, Science and Industry, and of Health announced the increases in award values will take effect as of September 1, 2024.

Data Centre Servers

Reminder: Temporary outage for SSHRC websites, some systems Canada Day weekend

SSHRC’s corporate websites and several of its funding portals and applications will be unavailable from 4 p.m. (eastern) Friday, June 28, 2024, to 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2024, as SSHRC and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council move their data centre. See the systems that will be unavailable and precautionary changes to programs and corporate activities.


The latest from SSHRC and its partners

New Frontiers in Research Fund - June 2024 Announcement

Climate change and Exploration research projects announced

The New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) is providing almost C$60 million to support 32 research teams leveraging international expertise to tackle global challenges caused by climate change, through the 2023 International Joint Initiative for Research in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation competition. International partners are contributing more than C$30 million in additional funding. Projects funded focus on designing and implementing co-produced adaptation and mitigation strategies for groups most vulnerable to climate change impacts. As well, the NFRF 2023 Exploration competition awarded 133 research teams a total of $33 million over two years to support high-risk, high-reward, interdisciplinary research.

2024 Governor General's Innovation Awards

Impact Award winners Lee and Martindale add Governor General’s Innovation Awards

SSHRC Impact Award winners Kang Lee (Insight) and Andrew Martindale (Connection) have both received 2024 Governor General’s Innovation Awards. Martindale won as part of the Canadian Archeological Association Working Group on Unmarked Graves, which developed resources for those affected by the search for missing children and unmarked burials.Lee’s award recognized his groundbreaking research on childhood dishonesty, which led to unexpected legal, clinical and health-care practice innovations.

CMHC - National Housing Strategy

Housing-related research funding opens to students as well as postdocs

SSHRC and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation have renewed and expanded their joint Housing Research Scholarship Program supporting social sciences and humanities research training and capacity building in priority housing areas. The revised model will offer funding options through existing upcoming funding opportunities for postdoctoral researchers—and now also master’s and doctoral students—studying areas related to the National Housing Strategy.

Action plan for Black Researchers

Action plan for Black social sciences and humanities researchers 

The Action Plan for Black Researchers (2024–29) is live on SSHRC’s website. Based on findings and recommendations from SSHRC’s Advisory Committee to Address Anti-Black Racism in Research and Research Training, and dozens of engagement sessions, it provides strategies within and beyond SSHRC to achieve fair access, equitable participation and intersectional approaches to research and research assessment; and to advance Black Studies and social sciences and humanities research on anti-Black racism.

Tri-Agency Review Committee

Tri-agency interdisciplinary review committee becomes permanent feature

The previously pilot Tri-agency Interdisciplinary Peer Review Committee has officially been made permanent. It has also announced the results of its second year of review. The committee assesses interdisciplinary applications to several funding opportunities at the three federal research funding agencies.

Global Health and Wellness

Global health Ideas Lab and cultures and histories Knowledge Synthesis Grants recipients named

Recipients have been announced for SSHRC’s Ideas Lab: Global Health and Wellness for the 21st Century, and Evolving Narratives of Cultures and Histories Knowledge Synthesis Grants competitions. Both funding opportunities stem from SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future initiative.

Researchers awarded Partnership Grants, Partnership Development Grants

On May 29, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced this year’s funded research partnerships. More than $37 million in Partnership Grants goes to 15 project teams over seven years, while 75 project teams will receive a total of over $14 million in Partnership Development Grants funding over three years.


Application deadlines, program updates, application tips and more

Upcoming deadlinesget your applications in now

Competitions close soon for:

Connection Grants (New Deadline! June 20, 2024)

Expressions of interest for SSHRC governing council Programs Committee membership (graduate students / postdoctoral fellows) (August 5, 2024)

New Frontiers in Research Fund 2024 Exploration competition

(notice of intent: August 27, 2024)

New Frontiers in Research Fund 2024 Transformation competition

(full application: September 5, 2024)

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships (September 12, 2024)

Partnership Engage Grants (September 15, 2024)

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (September 17, 2024)

Insight Grants (October 1, 2024)

Canada Graduate Scholarships—Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements

(October 10, 2024)

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and Canada Graduate Scholarships—Doctoral program (only applicants eligible to submit directly to SSHRC: October 17, 2024)

Canada Research Chairs (nominations deadline: October 22, 2024)

Partnership Grants—Stage 2 (October 29, 2024)

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Funding tip of the month: International Knowledge Synthesis Grants on governance systems that work

The deadline for Canadian and joint Canadian-United Kingdom applications for Knowledge Synthesis Grants on Envisioning Governance Systems that Work is December 12, 2024. Sign up for the June 25 informational webinar on this Imagining Canada’s Future global challenge and the two streams available for application.

Featured stories and articles
Research Story - Loewen Walker

Breaking down the barriers to 2SLGBTQIA+ representation in boardrooms and academia

University of Saskatchewan assistant professor Rachel Loewen Walker’s research has already led to policy changes tackling barriers to life as a member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, including by resulting in new provincial ID policies and support for nonbinary and trans people in Saskatchewan. Calling the current targeted backlash against transgender and sexually diverse communities a “concerning trend,” the program chair of Women's and Gender Studies and director of the Social Innovation Lab on Gender and Sexuality is now turning her focus to inside academia. Her research team is conducting focus groups across the country to study leadership roles and experiences, or lack thereof, for 2SLGBTQIA+ faculty and staff within Canadian universities. Barely underway, the research is already placing new 2SLGBTQIA+ leaders at the table.

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Research Story - Sloan

Human intervention could reverse wildfire trends, suggests researcher

Staggering environmental, human and infrastructure losses due to wildfires in recent decades may have already crested in some of the world’s previously most fire-prone areas, including equatorial Asia. The reversal in fire trends likely stems from concerted human intervention, says Sean Sloan, Canada Research Chair in the Human Dimensions of Sustainability and Resilience, who studies hidden trends within broader global environmental changes. The Vancouver Island University professor believes land management to prevent and supress fires could bring similar changes for Canada and elsewhere.

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SSHRC Lounge: Relax. Reflect. Recharge. Ongoing, June 13–20,

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Student and Postdoc Online Drop-in 2–4 p.m. daily, June 17–20,

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Big Thinking Panel: Sustaining Nature 12:15 p.m., June 17,

Room 132, Leacock Building

Weaving Together Past, Present and Future: Keynote from Chair Shelly C. Lowe from the National Endowment for the Humanities 12:15 p.m., June 20,

Tanna Hall


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