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SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Deadline Date:

09/14/22 8:00 PM ET

Description:

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Fellowships to Canada scholars affiliated with a research institution or university to conduct research in the humanities and social sciences. Funding is intended to help researchers establish themselves in their fields. Eligible applicants are individuals who have recently graduated from a Ph.D. program and are engaged in original research studies, publication of results, research network expansion, and other related activities.

SSHRC Postdoctoral 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. SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship awards are tenable at Canadian or foreign universities and research institutions.

Fellowships are expected to respond to the objectives of the Talent program. (See Talent Program in Pre-Application Information below.)  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.

The purpose of these fellowships is to 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.

SSHRC welcomes applications involving Indigenous research, as well as those involving research-creation. (For a definition of these terms, see links in Pre-Application Information, below.) 

SSHRC offers supplementary funding to support scholarship and fellowship award holders, some of which is offered through joint initiatives. SSHRC collaborates with organizations from across the not-for-profit, private and public sectors to support and promote training, research and connection activities in the social sciences and humanities. SSHRC’s joint initiatives are designed to reflect SSHRC’s strategic objectives and mandate, inform decision-makers, and, in certain cases, address specific needs of its partners. (For additional information on joint initiatives, see link in Pre-Application Information, below.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174305

Estimated Size of Grant:

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships are valued at $45,000 per year over one or two years, up to a total of $90,000.

Term of Contract:

Fellowships may cover one or two years. These are taxable, non-renewable fellowships that can begin on the first of any month between May 2023 and January 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To apply to this funding opportunity, the applicant must:
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or a “protected person” under subsection 95(2) of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act 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;
- Not have applied more than twice before to the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships funding opportunity;
- Not have already received a postdoctoral award (including a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship) from SSHRC, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR); and
- Not be applying in the 2021-22 academic year to the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships Program or the CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship funding opportunity.

To hold the award, applicants must:
- Engage in full-time postdoctoral research for the period of the award;
- Have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree before taking up the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship; and
-Not hold a permanent faculty position or a faculty position leading to permanency.

Applicants who do not complete all requirements for their doctoral degree by December 31, 2023, could have their offer of an award withdrawn. Note that withdrawn or declined awards will be included in the calculation for the three-application limit for this funding opportunity.

For Eligibility Window and Career Interruptions and/or Delay information see URL for Full Text (RFP).

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 the Fellowships.

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship awards are tenable at Canadian or foreign universities and research institutions.

Foreign Tenure:
- Applicants are eligible to apply to hold their award at a foreign university only if their PhD was earned at a Canadian university.
- Applicants with a PhD from a foreign university are eligible to apply only if they wish to hold their award at a Canadian university.

All applicants and fellowship holders must comply with the Regulations Governing Fellowship and Scholarship Applications and with the regulations set out in the Tri-Agency Research Training Award Holder’s Guide.

Federal government employees require prior approval from SSHRC to be eligible to hold a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship.

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

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: September 14, 2022 (8 p.m. eastern)
Results Announced: February 2023

If a deadline falls on a weekend or on a public holiday observed in Ontario, where SSHRC’s offices are located, the online application system will remain open until 8 p.m. (eastern) on the next business day.

SSHRC invites all applicants to review Imagining Canada’s Future’s16 future global challenges 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. See: Future Challenge Areas: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/society-societe/community-communite/Imagining_Canadas_Future-Imaginer_l_avenir_du_Canada-eng.aspx

All referees and institutional nominators must use SSHRC’s online application system to submit their supporting letters in advance of the deadline.

Effective April 1, 2022, new postdoctoral fellows will be paid through their eligible Canadian host institutions instead of directly by the funding agencies. Postdoctoral fellows holding their awards outside of Canada will continue to be paid directly by the agencies.

Applicants needing help while preparing their application should contact SSHRC by email or telephone well in advance of the application deadline.

Talent Program: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/umbrella_programs-programme_cadre/talent-eng.aspx

Indigenous research: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/definitions-eng.aspx#a11

Research-creation: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/definitions-eng.aspx#a22

Joint Initiatives: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/joint_initiatives-initiatives_conjointes-eng.aspx

Funding search tool: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/search_tool-outil_de_recherche-eng.aspx?pID=1&tID=3

For additional relevant links, see URL for Full Text (RFP).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online: https://webapps.nserc.ca/SSHRC/faces/logon.jsp?lang=en_CA

For more information, contact:
Toll free: 1-855-275-2861
Email: fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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