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

There are two levels of SSHRC funding for doctoral students:

  • The Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral Program (SSHRC CGS-D) (formerly the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral Program), 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.

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, review the following websites:

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or a “protected person” under subsection 95(2) of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act 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 2023-2024 competition year to either SSHRC, CIHR, or NSERC (nominations and applications to the Vanier CGS Scholarship program do not count towards this limit). Should more than one application be submitted, the eligible application submitted first chronologically will be retained.
  • Must review and meet the General Guidelines for the Eligibility of Subject Matter at SSHRC. If your research is health related, consult CIHR's mandate first to explore eligibility.
  • Cannot hold a tenure or tenure-track appointment concurrently with a CGSD award.
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

The Application Deadline listed below is for applications submitted through the University of Alberta only. Failure to submit an application through the correct channel may result in an application being removed from the competition. For more information, refer to the flow chart “Where should I submit my application?” of the CGS D Scholarships descriptions. This flowchart details which option should be selected within the online application form. Note: all applicants registered in a degree program at the UofA (with a quota) at any time during the calendar year of application (January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022) must apply through the UofA, even if they intend to pursue their doctoral studies at an institution other than the UofA.

Applications submitted this Fall 2022 term are for awards to start May or September 2023, or January  2024.

1. Review the following document: 2023 SSHRC Memo to Students and Departments, and the complete Fellowship/CGSD Program details and requirements.

2. Start SSHRC's Online Application: To complete a full application students must follow SSHRC's Application Instructions, also available 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. 

  • Students should consider requesting letters of recommendation (SSHRC's Letter of Appraisal) as early as possible in order to meet the application submission deadline of October 3, 2022. It is highly recommended students give their referees a deadline at least one week prior to any application deadline in order to avoid possible delays/changes. Students are responsible for ensuring their references have completed and successfully submitted the Letters of Appraisal via the SSHRC online portal.
  • Edits or corrections such as spelling, grammar, formatting, attachments, etc. are the responsibility of the student and will not be checked by FGSR. Students who do not follow SSHRC’s Application Instructions may jeopardize their application.

3. Transcripts: It is the student's responsibility to submit online through SSHRC'S On-line Services portal any and all required official, up-to-date transcripts.

  • Missing, unofficial, or illegible transcripts may deem students' applications as incomplete and will not be reviewed. Refer to SSHRC’s Application Instructions. These instructions are imperative, as non-compliance with transcript related guidelines is the primary reason for the rejection of applications.
  • Self-produced transcripts or marksheets from institutions’ self-served student systems (includes UAlberta transcripts produced from BearTracks) are considered unofficial and may not be considered.
  • FGSR does not provide copies of transcripts from student records held on file at FGSR (includes transcripts from other Canadian/international post- secondary institutions; UAlberta transcripts; and transcripts included in former, recent, or in progress admission/award applications). Students are responsible for ensuring transcripts for all institutions attended are included in their application.
  • The following transcripts are to be scanned and uploaded to the Transcripts section of the student's application:
  1. An up to date official UofA transcript; unofficial transcripts printed from BearTracks are not acceptable. UofA transcripts must show current Fall 2022 full time registration (courses/thesis in progress) if the applicant is currently registered. Visit the Office of the Registrar's website to easily obtain an official transcript: How to Request Official University of Alberta TranscriptsEither a scanned paper copy or e-Transcript are acceptable to upload to SSHRC's portal. 
    • If ordering an e-Transcript, select the download PDF option for a “blue ribboned” PDF (must pay the associated fee). Do not add a password or expiry date. Students need to share the link with themselves (choose the send a link option to their own email). By accessing the shared link (login through the link they are sent), they can then have the option to download it from there. Adobe9 or higher is required to view the e transcript.
    • To combine the e-Transcript with other transcripts, open it in a browser and print it to pdf (not download and save); students should be able to get the unsecured PDF in order to combine with other documents. The blue ribbon will be removed if combined with other transcripts and this is acceptable for uploading purposes to the portal; please include all pages of the e-Trancript (including UofA Official Document Cover Page and Transcript Legend).
    • Students are to retain the original blue ribbon e-transcript as they could be asked to provide it for verification purposes.
    • Transcripts shared/sent to FGSR’s email address or shared via the organization recipient option will not be accepted. 
    • *Contact the Office of the Registrar for questions or issues with e-Transcripts issued through MyCreds™ system.
  2. Official, up-to-date transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies undertaken. Transcripts associated with transfer credit MUST be included.
  • It is the student's responsibility to ensure that their transcripts are complete and legible once uploaded. In all cases, the applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete by reviewing the final version of the online application.

4. “Official letter to confirm part-time study and/or leave of absence”: if applicable, students who as part of their doctoral studies have studied on a part-time basis, or interrupted their studies (ex. leave of absence), must send a request to FGSR (grad.awards@ualberta.ca) by Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 11:59 pm (MST) to obtain a letter.

  • FGSR can only confirm part-time registration/leaves of absences that have been officially approved (i.e. reflected on the current UofA transcript).
  • FGSR will return the letter for students to upload to their application in the portal by the Application Deadline .

5. Application Deadline and Submission: October  3, 2022, 11:59 pm (MST). Deadline for students to submit their completed application via SSHRC's On-line Services portal (including Letters of Appraisal and uploaded transcripts). Note that there is no system shutoff in SSHRC's portal October 3, 11:59 pm; however, student’s applications will be date and time stamped once submitted and this will be the copy used for university review and adjudication. Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted and extension requests will not be granted.

  • Changes cannot be made after the application has been submitted. Students will not be offered the opportunity to revise their applications.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring their references have completed and successfully submitted the Letters of Appraisal via the SSHRC online portal by October 3, 2022.
  • Edits or corrections such as spelling, grammar, formatting, attachments, etc. are the responsibility of the student and will not be checked by FGSR. Students who do not follow SSHRC's application instructions and may jeopardize their application.


NOTE: Institutions may recommend applications from self-identified Indigenous applicants to the doctoral awards competition beyond their application quota. Indigenous applicants who wish to have 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.

This information will be visible only to the applicant and institutional officials with appropriate access to the SSHRC online system. Note applicants are not automatically forwarded to the national level; they will be reviewed and recommended by FGSR’s Graduate Scholarship Committee (GSC) among the full pool of applicants.

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 2023 is 74.
Deadline and Timelines

September 21, 2022, 11:59 pm (MST): FGSR Deadline to request an "Official letter to confirm part-time study and/or leave of absence", if applicable. Refer to the Application Procedures for full instructions.

October 3, 2022, 11:59 pm (MST): Deadline for students to submit their completed application via SSHRC's on-line services portal. Refer to Application Procedures for full instructions.

October 4 - Mid October, 2022: FGSR Award Services reviews applications for eligibility and completeness. 

Mid October - Mid November, 2022: FGSR's GSC reviews applications and selects nominees to be forwarded to SSHRC for review at the national level.

November 21, 2022: Deadline for FGSR to forward university nominations to SSHRC for the national competition.

End of November, 2022: Results of the SSHRC competition at the University level will be released. Students whose applications have been forwarded to SSHRC will receive a notification from FGSR. Unsuccessful students will be notified via the SSHRC portal.

April 2023: Final SSHRC doctoral results are expected to be announced.

Additional Information

Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement: Active CGS-D holders who wish to undertake research outside of Canada for a defined period of time may consider applying for this supplement.

Department of National Defence MINDS Scholarship Initiative: This initiative offers research training awards and supplements to master’s and doctoral students in the social sciences and humanities whose work is related to one or more of the MINDS Policy Challenges and/or Canada’s defence policy Strong, Secure, Engaged. Students are to refer to SSHRC's website for eligibility and application details. Offers will be made to award holders from SSHRC. Depending on the offer, payments may be made in the same manner as the award: via FGSR.