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Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Program Doctoral Scholarship and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship

Fellowships and Scholarships to Canada Students
Pursuing PhDs in the Humanities and Social Sciences

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

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11/06/18 - Deadline for Direct Applications


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Fellowships of $20,000 per year and scholarships of $35,000 per year to Canada students pursuing doctoral degrees in the social sciences and humanities disciplines. This purpose of this program is to help PhD students develop research skills and to support the training of highly-qualified personnel. This program assists students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in undergraduate and graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities.

Applications are accepted from Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarships, and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships.

SSHRC Doctoral Awards are expected to respond to the objectives of the Talent program.

Talent Program Goal
The goal of the Talent program is to support students and postdoctoral researchers in order to develop the next generation of researchers and leaders across society, both within academia and across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Talent Program Context
The Talent program promotes the acquisition of research skills, and assists in the training of highly qualified personnel in the social sciences and humanities. In this way, SSHRC fosters the development of talented and creative people who will become leaders across campuses and communities, and thereby contribute to Canada’s success in the globalized 21st century.

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.

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

Indigenous Research:
Research in any field or discipline that is conducted by, grounded in or engaged with First Nations, Inuit, Métis or other Indigenous nations, communities, societies or individuals, and their wisdom, cultures, experiences or knowledge systems, as expressed in their dynamic forms, past and present. Indigenous research can embrace the intellectual, physical, emotional and/or spiritual dimensions of knowledge in creative and interconnected relationships with people, places and the natural environment.

An approach to research that combines creative and academic research practices, and supports the development of knowledge and innovation through artistic expression, scholarly investigation, and experimentation. The creation process is situated within the research activity and produces critically informed work in a variety of media (art forms). Research-creation cannot be limited to the interpretation or analysis of a creator’s work, conventional works of technological development, or work that focuses on the creation of curricula. The research-creation process and the resulting artistic work are judged according to SSHRC’s established merit review criteria.

Applications to SSHRC as the primary source of research or research training support must meet the following two criteria:

- The proposed research or related activities must be primarily in the social sciences and humanities (i.e., aligned with SSHRC's legislated mandate).
- The intended outcome of the research must primarily be to add to our understanding and knowledge of individuals, groups and societies—what we think, how we live, and how we interact with each other and the world around us.

The following are considerations when preparing or assessing the eligibility for SSHRC support of applications with subject matter related to health:

- Investigators whose proposed research is health-related should consult CIHR’s mandate first to explore eligibility. CIHR has policies and procedures in place to adjudicate the full range of social sciences and humanities research proposals related to health research.
- The use of social sciences or humanities theories, methodologies and hypotheses is, in and of itself, not sufficient to make a proposal eligible for SSHRC funding.

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.

1. What new ways of learning, particularly in higher education, will Canadians need to thrive in an evolving society and labour market?
2. What effects will the quest for energy and natural resources have on our society and our position on the world stage?
3. How are the experiences and aspirations of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada essential to building a successful shared future?
4. What might the implications of global peak population be for Canada?
5. How can emerging technologies be leveraged to benefit Canadians?
6. What knowledge will Canada need to thrive in an interconnected, evolving global landscape?

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GrantWatch ID#: 175208

Estimated Size of Grant:

Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships are valued at $35,000 per year.

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships are valued at $20,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships are made for 36 months.

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships are made 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.
In calculating the value and duration of awards, SSHRC includes all prior doctoral-level studies in the same discipline.

This applies whether or not the degree was completed and whether or not the current university recognizes the previous credits or years of study.

SSHRC assumes that all studies were full time and uninterrupted (e.g., that the beginning of September 2016 to the end of December 2017 means 16 months of study). Students who studied on a part-time basis, or who interrupted their studies with their university’s official approval, must specify the dates of interruption or part-time study as documented in an official letter from their university, to be included with the application.

The following table shows the periods of support applicable to students at different stages of doctoral (or equivalent) study.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship
-Applicants who will have completed between 0 and 4 months: 36 months of funding
-Applicants who will have completed between 5 and 16 months: 36 months of funding
-Applicants who will have completed between 17 and 28 months: Not eligible
-Applicants who will have completed between 29 and 40 months: Not eligible
-Applicants who will have completed 41 months or more: Not eligible

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship:
-Applicants who will have completed between 0 and 4 months: 48 months of funding
-Applicants who will have completed between 5 and 16 months: 36 months of funding
-Applicants who will have completed between 17 and 28 months: 24 months of funding
-Applicants who will have completed between 29 and 40 months: 12 months of funding
-Applicants who will have completed 41 months or more: Not eligible

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 2019, September 2019 or January 2020. 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 January 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify to apply to both the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships and the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships funding opportunities, you must:
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada at the time the application is submitted to SSHRC or a Canadian postsecondary institution with a quota;
- Be pursuing doctoral studies in the social sciences or humanities;
- 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 to undertake or complete a doctoral degree; and
- Not be applying in the 2018-19 academic year to NSERC or CIHR for a fellowship or scholarship

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 have or will have completed between 0 and 12 months of graduate-level study by December 31 of the year of application, and are or will be registered in a combined MA/PhD (where a number of months of study are credited to MA-level studies), fast-track (accelerating from a master’s program into a doctoral program without obtaining the master’s degree) or direct-entry PhD program, you may be eligible to apply for a CGS Master’s Scholarship.

If you have or will have completed more than 12 months of graduate level study by December 31 of the year of application, or if you are or will be registered at a foreign institution, you can apply only 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.

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.


Award holders may hold their awards part time for parental or medical reasons and/or because of family-related responsibilities.

Federal government employees require prior approval from SSHRC to be eligible to hold a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. Supporting documentation from the employer may be required.

Qualifying or “make-up” years of study are not eligible.

Eligibility of Degree Programs:
Doctoral awards are tenable only in degree programs that include significant original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of a dissertation, major scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit that, as a requirement for completion of the program, is merit reviewed at the institutional level.

Examples of ineligible research include:

- Clinical education for health care professionals;
- Psychomotor research and kinesiology;
- Clinical research (e.g., treatment, prevention or diagnosis of a condition, disorder or disease; testing or evaluating the impact of interventions, medication or medical aids);
-Therapy (e.g., counselling, interventions, psychotherapy, rehabilitation, speech and occupational therapy, validation/testing of diagnostic tools); and
- Epidemiology.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants apply for both awards by completing one application form. If you are eligible for both awards, SSHRC will automatically consider you for both.

Applicants needing help while preparing their application should communicate with SSHRC well in advance of the application deadline.

-Direct Applications: November 6, 2018
-University Applications: January 9, 2019
- Results announced: April 2019

* Note: If a deadline falls on a weekend or a Canadian public holiday, the deadline will be extended to the next business day.

Submit applications to the university at which you are currently registered if:
-In fall 2018, you are registered in a degree program at, or on an approved leave of absence from, a Canadian university with a quota:

Submit applications directly to SSHRC if:
-In fall 2018, you are registered in a degree program at a Canadian university without a quota.
-In fall 2018, you are registered in a degree program at a foreign university.*
-In fall 2018, you are not registered in a degree program at a university, but intend to undertake doctoral studies.

*Students registered concurrently at a Canadian and a foreign university must submit their application to the Canadian university, if that university has a quota.

SSHRC will announce the competition results in spring 2019. Competition results are not provided by telephone or email.

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Research Training Portfolio
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
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P.O. Box 1610
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4


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