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SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

Fellowships to Canada New Scholars to Develop a
Research Base in Social Sciences or Humanities

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

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09/20/18 8:00 PM ET


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Fellowships of $40,500 per year to Canada scholars affiliated with a qualifying university or research institution to support research in the social sciences and humanities. This program supports promising new scholars in establishing a research base at a critical time in their early careers.

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships are expected to respond to the objectives of the Talent program.

The objectives of the Talent program are to:
-Support the development of the best or most promising highly qualified personnel with social sciences and humanities research and professional skills;
-Support the best or most promising social sciences and humanities students and postdoctoral researchers selected through an adjudication process;
-Support students and scholars in gaining exposure to international social sciences and humanities scholarship; and
-Mobilize social sciences and humanities knowledge that has the potential to lead to intellectual, cultural, social, and economic influence, benefit and impact.

These fellowships support the most promising Canadian new scholars in the social sciences and humanities, and assist them in establishing a research base at an important time in their research careers.

They provide stipendiary support to recent PhD graduates who are:
-Undertaking original research;
-Publishing research findings;
-Developing and expanding personal research networks;
-Broadening their teaching experience;
-Preparing for research-intensive careers within and beyond academia; and
-Preparing to become competitive in national research grant competitions.

Fellowships will normally be awarded to candidates affiliated with a university other than the one that awarded the PhD. SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship awards are tenable at Canadian or foreign universities and research institutions.

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

Related Initiatives:

SSHRC and its partner organizations offer initiatives that complement this funding opportunity:
-Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) – SSHRC Housing Research Training Awards Program
-Mitacs Elevate
-Centre for International Governance Innovation
-Sport Participation Research Initiative
-Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes

Please consult the Talent program description and SSHRC’s Funding search tool to learn more about supplements, specific joint initiatives, as well as other SSHRC funding opportunities that may be of interest to postdoctoral researchers.

Future Challenge Areas:

SSHRC invites all applicants to review Imagining Canada’s Future’s six future challenge areas and subquestions, and to consider addressing one or more of these areas in their research proposal. This is not an evaluation criterion for merit review and does not offer additional or dedicated research funds for this funding opportunity.

SSHRC monitors research capacity in the challenge areas, and develops and implements strategies and knowledge mobilization activities to enhance the contribution of the humanities and social sciences across the challenge areas. Summary reports are available on Knowledge Synthesis Grants funding opportunities held on future challenge areas during 2014-17. Applicants may wish to further explore the gaps in current knowledge highlighted in the reports.

Subject Matter:

Most SSHRC funding is awarded through open competitions. Proposals may involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding. Please see Subject Matter Eligibility for more information.

Projects whose primary objective is the adaptation of a doctoral thesis for publication in a book or manuscript, the editing of textbooks, translation, or the acquisition of a foreign language are not eligible for funding under this funding opportunity.

The research proposed in a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship application must be significantly different and distinct from, or add significantly to, that related to the applicant’s doctoral thesis.

Indigenous Talent Measures:

Among its measures intended to support research by and with Indigenous peoples, SSHRC’s Indigenous Talent Measures are aimed at supporting graduate students and postdoctoral researchers applying for, respectively, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Doctoral Scholarships, SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships or SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships. To learn more, please consult Indigenous Talent Measures.

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GrantWatch ID#: 174305

Estimated Size of Grant:

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships are valued at $40,500 per year over one or two years, up to a total of $81,000.

Term of Contract:

Fellowships may cover one or two years. These are taxable, non-renewable fellowships that may begin on the first of any month between May 2019 and January 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To apply to this funding opportunity, the applicant must:
-Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada (by the application deadline);
-Not hold a permanent faculty position or a faculty position leading to permanency;
-Have finalized arrangements for affiliation with a recognized university or research institution;
-Have applied not more than twice before to the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships funding opportunity;
-Not be applying in the 2018-19 academic year to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships Program or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Fellowship funding opportunity; and
-Not have already received a postdoctoral award (including a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship) from SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is September 20, 2018 (8 p.m. eastern).

Note: If a deadline falls on a weekend or a Canadian public holiday, the online application system will remain open until 8 p.m. (eastern time) on the next business day.

Results will be announced February 2019.

More information about the Talent Program may be found here:

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