SSHRC Doctoral Scholarships
Category(s): Application to SGS Required
Department(s): Anthropology, Canadian Studies, Classics, Economics, Education, English, Faculty of Management, Forestry, History, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST), Kinesiology, Law, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
Field: Humanities and Social Sciences
Value: CGS D: $35,000 / year; OR: Doctoral: $20,000 / year
Duration: 1-4 years
Through its Doctoral Awards funding opportunity, SSHRC offers two types of funding for doctoral students:
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships; and
Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS): Doctoral Scholarships.
Applicants apply for both awards by completing one application form. If you are eligible for both awards, SSHRC will automatically consider you for both.
Most Canadian universities receive a quota indicating the number of students they can nominate for the national competition. Students registered in a degree program at a university that did not receive a quota must apply directly to SSHRC.
If you are interested in a research experience outside of Canada and hold a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS masters or doctoral scholarship, or a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) at the doctoral level, you may be eligible to apply for a CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement.
The SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships aim to develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in undergraduate and graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities.
These funding opportunities, together with the CGS Masters Scholarships, the Vanier CGS, the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships and the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, help train Canadas researchers and leaders of tomorrow.
Note that SSHRC also welcomes applications involving research-creation. For a definition of research-creation, refer to SSHRCs Definitions of Terms.
Value and Duration
Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships are valued at $35,000 per annum for 36 months.
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships are valued at $20,000 per annum for 12, 24, 36 or 48 months.
SSHRC determines the value and duration of an award based on the number of months of full-time study (or equivalent) the applicant will have completed by December 31 of the year of application.
For both the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships and the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships, applicants successful in the current competition must take up their awards in May 2014, September 2014 or January 2015. The January start date is available only to award holders who cannot begin their degree program earlier, either because of an incomplete previous degree or because their chosen degree program is not available until the later date.
In calculating the value and duration of awards, SSHRC includes all prior doctoral-level studies in the same discipline.
In the case of students who are registered in a combined MA/PhD or a fast-track program (accelerating from a masters program into a doctoral program without obtaining the masters degree), SSHRC will not include the first 12 months of the program in the calculation of the value and duration of the doctoral award.
Most SSHRC funding is awarded through open competitions. Doctoral Awards proposals may involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding. Please see Subject Matter Eligibility for more information.
Eligibility to Apply
To qualify to apply to both the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships funding opportunities, you must:
- be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
- be applying for support to pursue your first PhD (or equivalent);
- be pursuing doctoral studies in the social sciences or humanities;
- not have already received a scholarship or fellowship from SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR to undertake or complete a doctoral degree or combined MA/PhD; and
- not be applying in the 2013-14 academic year to NSERC or CIHR.
At the time of application, you need not be assured of admission to a degree program.
Combined MA/PhD, fast-track and direct-entry PhD programs
- If you are or will be registered in a combined MA/PhD, fast-track (accelerating from a masters program into a doctoral program without obtaining the masters degree) or direct-entry PhD program, you may be eligible to apply for a CGS Master's Scholarship provided you have completed between zero and 12 months of graduate-level study by December 31 of the year of application.
- If you are currently registered in a combined MA/PhD, fast-track or direct-entry PhD program, and have or will have completed more than 12 months or more of graduate-level study by December 31 of the year of application, you can only apply to the Doctoral Awards funding opportunity.
Eligibility to Hold an Award
Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships are tenable only at eligible universities in Canada. There are no exceptions.
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships are tenable at any recognized university in Canada or abroad. For the fellowship to be held abroad, the award holder must have completed at least one previous degree at a Canadian university. For award holders who do not meet this requirement, the fellowships are tenable only at recognized Canadian postsecondary institutions. SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships are not tenable in the first year of a combined masters/doctoral program abroad.
On the proposed start date of the award, you must:
- be registered as a full-time student, undertaking or continuing a doctoral, combined MA/PhD, fast-track or direct-entry doctoral program in the social sciences or humanities; and
- not have exceeded the allowable number of months already spent in doctoral study, as set out in Value and Duration above.
For more information, please visit the website.
Also contact the Awards Assistant at the School of Graduate Studies to find out information about deadlines, and to attend an information session in the Fall.
Awarding Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Recommendation needed from faculty?: No
Citizenship: Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
Full/Part time: Full time