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 for years.

    Please note that the 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

    Each scholarship has different eligibility requirements. It is the responsibility of the applicant to fully review all requirements before submitting an application. For complete eligibility and to determine registration status at the time of application submission, please review the following websites:

    - SSHRC CGS-D Website

    - SSHRC Fellowship Website

    General Eligibility Requirements:

    • Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada as of the application deadline date;
    • Must be pursuing doctoral studies in the social sciences or humanities;
    • Must meet the months in program eligibility requirements as outlined on the CGS-D and Fellowship websites (Note: If your time in program makes you eligible for only one of the scholarships, you can still submit an application, and will only be considered for that scholarship);
    • Must not have already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from SSHRC, NSERC, or CIHR to undertake or complete a doctoral degree or combined MA/PhD;
    • Must only submit one doctoral award application in the 2020-21 competition year to either SSHRC, CIHR, or NSERC (nominations and applications to the Vanier CGS Scholarship program do not count towards this limit)
    • Must review and meet the General Guidelines for the Eligibility of Subject Matter at SSHRC. If your research is health related, please consult CIHR’s mandate first to explore eligibility.

  • Selection Criteria

    The evaluation of SSHRC CGS-D and Fellowship applications, whether by institutions or by SSHRC, is based on the following criteria:

    • Research ability and potential – 50%

    • Relevant experience and achievements obtained within and beyond academia – 50%

    For further details please consult the respective SSHRC CGS-D and Fellowship websites.

  • Application Procedures

    1) Students must notify their Department of their intention to apply.

    2) To complete a full application, students must follow SSHRC’s Application Instructions through SSHRC’s Online Services portal. It is the student’s responsibility to read all instructions and be familiar with the application process before applying. This includes making sure to click “verify” in order to submit the application.

    A complete application package includes the following sections:
    • SSHRC CV
    • SSHRC Doctoral Award application
    • Application Profile
    • Program Information (where the institution with a quota is identified)
    • Areas of Study
    • Research Proposal – upload (max. two pages)
    • Bibliography / Citations – upload (max. five pages)
    • Transcripts & official letter – upload
    • Allowable Inclusion – upload (max. one page if applicable)
    • Research Contributions, Relevant Experience and Activities - upload (max. two pages)
    • Justification pages for supplements and joint initiatives (only if applicable)
    • Referees – Invitation to complete letter of appraisal

    A Note on Transcripts:
    It is the student's responsibility to follow SSHRC's Application instructions regarding transcripts, and to upload such through SSHRC's online Application system (including U of Alberta transcripts). Students should request all transcripts well in advance of the deadline.
    FGSR does not provide copies of transcripts to students.

    3) By the Department internal deadline:

    - Students are to print a copy of their application from the On-line system, and submit to the receiving Department for internal adjudication purposes. As referees are required to submit a confidential online form, letters are not available to students. If academic reference letters are required for Department internal adjudication purposes, Departments must contact the referee directly to obtain a copy. FGSR will not provide copies of students’ applications or reference letters to Departments or to students.
    -For complete details regarding transcripts, refer to SSHRC's application instructions (included in our SSHRC Resources area)

    Applications from self-identified Indigenous applicants may be considered for submission beyond the University’s quota. Indigenous applicants who would like their application considered for submission beyond their institution’s quota are asked to select the “Option for Self-Identified Indigenous Applicants” in the “Application Profile” section of the online application form. The FGSR will follow the regular selection process in place for the review of applications and submit applications deemed meritorious by the university's selection committees to the national competition.

    NOTE: Applications involving Indigenous research count towards the University’s quota unless the applicant has also selected the option to have their application considered for submission beyond their institution’s quota.

  • Nomination Procedures

    Students must contact their department to indicate their intent to apply and be considered for the SSHRC doctoral awards.

    Departments are requested to review the nomination procedures in the 2020 SSHRC Memo to Departments

  • Adjudication Procedures

    Eligible applications identified by the department will be reviewed by the Graduate Scholarship Committee. A list of recommended applications is selected and forwarded to SSHRC for final adjudication. The University of Alberta’s quota for recommended applications for 2020 is 68.

  • Deadline

    Department Internal Deadlines: Please contact the department directly

    Departments to forward applicant names to FGSR: Thursday, October 3, 2019 by 4PM

    FGSR to forward nominees to SSHRC: November 21, 2019

    Tri-Council winners announced: Spring 2020