Indigenous Talent Measures

SSHRC is committed to supporting research by and with Indigenous peoples—in Canada and abroad—as well as Indigenous students and postdoctoral researchers seeking to advance careers in the social sciences and humanities.

SSHRC’s Indigenous Talent Measures aim to support graduate students and postdoctoral researchers applying for Doctoral Awards (Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Doctoral Scholarships and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships) or SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships.

These measures include:

  • an opportunity for self-identified Indigenous doctoral applicants to have their application considered for submission beyond their institution’s quota;
  • a check-box in the application form to identify a proposed program of study as Indigenous research, such that SSHRC’s Guidelines for the Merit Review of Indigenous Research will apply; and
  • instructions for members of SSHRC’s doctoral and postdoctoral adjudication committees to take into account special circumstances that may have had an impact on the academic or career paths of Indigenous applicants.

In addition, SSHRC makes concerted efforts to include experts in Indigenous research in doctoral and postdoctoral adjudication committees.

These measures support equitable access to SSHRC funding for Indigenous applicants. SSHRC welcomes feedback and questions at