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.


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.


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 2022-2023 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, 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

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 must apply through the UofA, even if they intend to pursue their studies elsewhere.

Applications submitted this Fall 2021 term are for awards to start May or September 2022, or January  2023.

1. Review the following document: 2022 SSHRC Memo to Students and Departments

2. Start SSHRC's Online Application: 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. 

  • 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 4, 2021. 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. 
  • 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:

  1. An up to date official UofA transcript; must show current Fall 2021 full time registration (courses/thesis in progress). Visit the Office of the Registrar's website: How to Request Official University of Alberta TranscriptsEither a scanned paper copy or e-Transcript are acceptable. 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. Only PDF e-Transcripts with the blue ribbon and cover letter are considered official and unmodified. Transcripts shared/sent to FGSR’s email address or shared via the organization recipient option will not be accepted. 
  2. Official, up-to-date transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies undertaken. Transcripts associated with transfer credit MUST be included.
  • FGSR does not provide copies of transcripts held on file at FGSR. Students are responsible for ensuring transcripts for all institutions attended are included in their application.
  • Missing, unofficial, or illegible transcripts may deem students' applications as incomplete and will not be reviewed. Refer to SSHRC’s Application Instructions. This is imperative, as non-compliance is the primary reason for the rejection of applications.

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 ( by Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 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  4, 2021, 11:59 pm (MST). Deadline for students to submit their completed application via SSHRC's On-line Services portal. 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 4, 2021.

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.

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 2022 is 70.
Deadline and Timelines

September 22, 2021, 11:59 pm (MST): FGSR Deadline to request official letter to confirm part-time study and/or leave of absence, if applicable. 

October 4, 2021, 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 5 - 15, 2021: FGSR Award Services reviews applications for eligibility and completeness. 

October 16- Mid November, 2021: FGSR's GSC reviews applications and selects nominees to be forwarded to SSHRC for review at the national level.

November 21, 2021: Deadline for FGSR to forward university nominations to SSHRC for the national competition.

Mid - End of November, 2021: 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 2022: Final SSHRC doctoral results are expected to be announced.