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.

This is a direct application, whereby students apply through the appropriate portal. There is no nomination, list, or ranking required by the department. The departments will be notified of any applicants, students successfully forwarded to the national competition, and of any winners.

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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.

  • 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. An eligible doctoral program must include a significant, autonomous research component that leads to the completion of a thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit. This component must be merit/expert-reviewed at the institutional level as a requirement for completing the program.
    • 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 2021-2022 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) Please review the following document: 2021 SSHRC Memo to Students and Departments

    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 "preview" and "verify" on each page 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 - pdf upload (max. two pages)
    • Bibliography / Citations - pdf upload (max. five pages)
    • Transcripts & official letter of LOA and PT status (if applicable) - pdf upload
    • Allowable Inclusion - pdf upload (max. one page if applicable)
    • Research Contributions, Relevant Experience and Activities - pdf upload (max. two pages)
    • Justification pages for supplements and joint initiatives (max. one page per justification - only if applicable)
    • Referees - Invitation to complete letter of appraisal (2 referees required)

    A Note on Transcripts:
    It is students' responsibility to submit online through SSHRC'S Online Services any and all required official, up-to-date transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies. For more information please refer to SSHRC Application Instructions. This includes obtaining official University of Alberta transcripts. FGSR cannot provide copies of transcripts to students.

    NOTE: Institutions may recommend applications from self-identified Indigenous applicants to the doctoral awards competition beyond their application quota. Indigenous applicants must agree to their personal information being used for this purpose by making the appropriate selection in the application form. Self-identified Indigenous applicants who are required to submit directly to the appropriate agency are automatically evaluated at the national competition.

  • Adjudication Procedures

    Eligible applications 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 2021 is 62.

  • Deadline and Timelines

    September 16, 2020: Tri-Council Doctoral Program workshop/information session.

    September 23, 2020: FGSR Deadline to request official letter to confirm part-time study and/or leave of absence, if applicable. Requests for a letter must be made via Such letter must be uploaded to the portal by the student along with SSHRC application.

    October 5, 2020, 11:59 pm (MST): Deadline for students to submit their completed application via SSHRC's on-line services portal.

    October 6 - 16, 2020: FGSR Award Services reviews applications for eligibility and completeness. FGSR will share with Departments a list of their students who have applied for information purposes only. Note: Students will not be offered the opportunity to revise their applications.

    October 17- Mid November, 2020: FGSR's GSC reviews applications and selects nominees to be forwarded to SSHRC for review at the national level.

    November 21, 2020: Deadline for FGSR to forward university nominations to SSHRC for the national competition.

    Mid - End of November, 2020: Results of the SSHRC competition at the University level will be shared with Departments. The results of the adjudication meeting at the institutional level will be posted in the SSHRC portal. Students whose applications have been forwarded to SSHRC will receive a notification from FGSR. Unsuccessful students will be notified via the SSHRC portal.

    Final SSHRC doctoral results are expected to be announced in April 2021.