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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) - Doctoral Awards (PGS)

The SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships are expected to respond to the objectives of the Talent program, external link.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowships support high-calibre students engaged in doctoral programs in the social sciences and humanities. This support allows scholars to fully concentrate on their doctoral studies, to seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields and to contribute to the Canadian research ecosystem during and beyond the tenure of their awards.

SSHRC welcomes applications involving Indigenous research, external link, as well as those involving research-creation, external link.

For more detailed information, please visit:, external link

Value – $20,000 per year

Duration – 12, 24, 36 or 48 months

Ryerson Internal Deadline: October 1, 2019

Directly to SSHRC: October 17, 2019

To be eligible to apply, an applicant must:
  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, as of the application deadline date;
  • not have already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) or SSHRC;
  • submit only one doctoral award application in a given academic year to either SSHRC, CIHR or NSERC. Nominations to the Vanier CGS program do not count towards this limit;
  • have completed no more than 48 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31 of the year of application.

Some eligibility requirements for the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships differ from those of the CGS-D Scholarships.

Notes: Completed months of study

Eligibility for a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship is based on the number of months of full-time study that will be completed by December 31 of the year of application.

Part-time study is counted as half time. For example, two terms of part-time study count as one term of full-time study.

The months of study completed are calculated starting from the date on which an applicant is officially registered in the doctoral program; this also applies to applicants:

  • registered in a master’s program and subsequently transferred to a doctoral program (fast-track);
  • registered in a doctoral program, even if a master’s degree is obtained as part of the program (e.g., MA/PhD); or, 
  • registered in a doctoral program directly from an undergraduate program (i.e. never enrolled in a master’s program). These applicants, however, may be eligible to apply to the CGS-M program for their first year of doctoral funding.

The agencies count all studies toward the doctoral degree for which funding is requested, whether or not they were completed at the degree-granting institution.

For more information regarding Eligibility please visit:, external link

Applicants must complete the application form, external link in accordance with accompanying instructions.

Applicants eligible for both a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and CGS-D Scholarship will automatically be considered for both awards.

To apply, you must:

1. Ensure that you meet the requirements specified in Value and duration, external link and Eligibility, external link.

2. Complete only one application form, together with the SSHRC CV and required attachments. Application instructions can be accessed when you log in to the application form, external link in the SSHRC web-application system.

3. Determine your current registration status from the table below, and submit your completed application to the appropriate institution or to SSHRC directly as required.

ApplyWeb CV, application and instructions, external link

Where to submit an application

An applicant must apply through a Canadian institution with a quota, external link or directly to SSHRC. Failure to submit an application through the correct channel may result in an application being rejected from the competition.

Results announced: April 2020

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