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:

    • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada at the time the application;
    • Must be pursuing doctoral studies in the social sciences or humanities;
    • 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;
    • Not be applying in the 2018-19 academic year to NSERC or CIHR for a fellowship or scholarship;
    • For students in combined MA/PhD, fast-track or direct-entry PhD programs, additional rules apply.
    • NEW* The previous requirement for applicants to be pursuing their first PhD has been removed. Students may now apply for this competition, even if they have been conferred another doctoral degree.

    For complete eligibility and to determine registration status at time of application submission, please see the SSHRC website.

    Applicants whose proposed research is health-related should consult CIHR’s mandate first to explore eligibility. CIHR has policies and procedures to adjudicate the full range of social sciences and humanities research proposals related to health research. See General Guidelines for the Eligibility of Subject Matter at SSHRC.

  • 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 use the SSHRC Web-based Forms and must print, sign and submit the completed application to their department by their internal deadline. Students are to check with their Department for information and may view the 2019 SSHRC Memo to Departments (under Nomination Procedures) for additional details.

    A complete application must include the following materials; refer to SSHRC’s Application for a Doctoral Award Instructions (Web) for complete details (available with the Web-based Form). Note that digital signatures cannot be accepted:

    • Application checklist (mandatory to print out)
    • Completed application form (completed, printed, and signed by student)
    • Program of Study (two pages maximum, plus bibliography - five pages maximum)
    • Bibliography and Citations - (five pages maximum)
    • Research Contributions (one page maximum)
    • Supplement and/or Joint or Special Initiative Justifications (if applicable, maximum one page per justification)
    • Allowable Inclusions (if applicable, maximum one page)
    • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure FGSR has all official up-to-date hard copy transcripts, including but not limited to transcripts from institutions at which students took only a few courses, and transcripts for partially completed degrees. If a student is unsure which transcripts are with FGSR, they must provide FGSR with their student ID number and a list of transcripts they wish confirmed. If FGSR has the official up-to-date transcripts, these transcripts do not need to be submitted again. FGSR will generate a U of A transcript.
    • Two Letters of Appraisal (completed, printed, and signed by referees using the web-based form)
    • Departmental Appraisal (completed, printed, signed, and submitted by the Department)
    • Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information form (completed, printed, and signed by student)

    New this year, 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 “Identification” section of the online application form. Once completed, this information will be displayed on Page 1 of the application form.


    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 forward necessary students’ transcripts, completed application, and Department Appraisal form to the FGSR by October 31, 2018.

    2019 SSHRC Memo to Departments
  • Adjudication Procedures

    Once the FGSR receives ranked applications from departments, they are reviewed by the Graduate Scholarship Committee. A list of recommended applications is selected and forwarded to SSHRC for final adjudication at the national level by January 9, 2019. The University of Alberta’s quota for recommended applications for 2019 is 68.

    SSHRC will notify all recommended applicants of final decisions in Spring 2019.

  • Deadline

    Each department sets its own internal deadline for receipt of applications and students are encouraged to apply well in advance. Contact the Department for their deadline information.

    The deadline for Departments to forward student’s applications to the FGSR is October 31, 2018.