Scholarships and Awards

SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral (CGS-D)/Doctoral Fellowship Competition

There are two levels of SSHRC funding for doctoral students:

• the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Program (CGS-D),and
• the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships Program.

There is one application process for these two scholarships; students apply for the Doctoral Fellowship and are automatically considered for the CGS-D if eligible.

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  • Value
    The CGS-D is valued at $35,000/year, for three years.*

    The Doctoral Fellowship is valued at $20,000/year, for one, two, three, or four years.*

    *Please note that recipients of doctoral Tri-Council scholarships will also receive additional Top-Up funding in the form of the President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction.
  • Eligibility

    Eligibility requirements:

    • Must be applying for support to pursue your first PhD (or equivalent);
    • Must be pursuing doctoral studies in the social sciences or humanities;
    • Must not have already received a scholarship or fellowship from SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR to undertake or complete a doctoral degree or combined MA/PhD;
    • For students in combined MA/PhD, fast-track or direct-entry PhD programs, additional rules apply.

    For complete eligibility, please see the SSHRC website.

  • Selection Criteria

    Applicants are evaluated solely on academic merit, measured by:

    • Past academic results, as demonstrated by transcripts, awards and distinctions;
    • The program of study and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge;
    • Relevant professional and academic experience, including research training, as demonstrated by conference presentations and scholarly publications;
    • Two written evaluations from referees; and
    • The departmental appraisal
  • Application Procedures

    Students must complete applications using the SSHRC Web-based Forms. Applications must be submitted as hard copies to students’ departments by the departmental internal deadline.

    Students should contact their department to find out their deadline. Departments must forward ranked applications to the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research by October 31, 2017.

    A complete application must include the following materials:

    • Application checklist
    • Completed application form
    • Program of Study (two pages maximum, plus bibliography - five pages maximum)
    • Research Contributions (one page maximum)
    • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended
    • Two Letters of Appraisal (completed using the web-based form)
    • Departmental Appraisal (to be completed by the department)
    • Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information form.
  • Adjudication Procedures

    Once the FGSR receives ranked applications from departments, they are reviewed by the Graduate Scholarship Committee, and a list of recommended applications is chosen and forwarded to SSHRC for final adjudication at the national level by January 9, 2018. The University of Alberta’s quota for recommended applications for 2018 is 68.

    SSHRC will notify all recommended applicants of final decisions in Spring 2018.

  • Deadline
    Students should contact their department to find out their deadline. Departments must forward ranked applications to the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research by October 31, 2017.