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SSHRC Aurora Prize

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The SSHRC Aurora Prize recognizes an outstanding new scholar who is building a reputation for exciting and original research in the social sciences or humanities.

  • Nomination process: No direct nominations. No application form. The top-ranked new scholars from the Insight Development Grants competition will be nominated for the prize.
  • Winner announced: Fall 2012


The value of the prize is $25,000. The funds can only be used for research, training or other academic activities.


SSHRC will automatically consider for the Aurora Prize all successful applicants (principal investigators) who applied as new scholars in the Insight Development Grants competition.


The recipient of the Aurora Prize will be a researcher in the early stages of his or her career who:

  • has demonstrated excellence, originality and talent in research;
  • has proposed an innovative and compelling program of research that has the potential to enrich Canadian society, including Canada's intellectual and cultural life; and
  • has demonstrated exceptional ability and commitment in communicating the results of his or her research to both the academic and other communities (taking into account the norms of the field of study).


Each of the Insight Development Grants adjudication committees will review all successful applications in the new scholar category and, in accordance with the evaluation criteria outlined above, will nominate the top-ranked candidate. A high-level multidisciplinary committee made up of leading scholars will choose the prize winner from among the nominees.

Administrative Regulations

The recipient of the Aurora Prize must comply with the regulations set out in the Tri‑Agency Financial Administration Guide.

The SSHRC Aurora Prize winner must agree to allow SSHRC to use his or her photograph to promote the awards and other SSHRC initiatives. The winner must also agree to participate fully in all award activities, including media conferences, ceremonies, receptions and other related events.

More Information

If you have any questions about the SSHRC Aurora Prize, please contact:

Research Training Portfolio
350 Albert Street
PO Box 1610
Ottawa, ON  K1P 6G4

Tel.: 613-943-7777
Fax: 613-943-1329