Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and CGS Doctoral Awards (DF/CGSD)


Value and Duration

  • CGS D: $35,000 a year for 3 years
  • Fellowship: $20,000 a year for 1 to 4 years

Timelines and Deadlines

  • July - SSHRC opens web-based Application
  • October - Graduate Program Deadlines close. Deadlines vary among Graduate programs.
  • November 11 - SGPS Deadline for Graduate Programs to submit ranked recommendations  
  • Late November/Early December - SGPS Selection Committee convenes   
  • January 9 - Agency Deadline
  • By May 1st - Results released to students and universities


How to Apply

Online Application and Forms
  • An applicant can submit only one application per year to one granting agency (NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC).
  • An applicant may submit an application to SSHRC and to the Vanier CGS competition in the same year, as long as the research proposed in the Vanier CGS application is also SSHRC-eligible.
  • An applicant must print the web-based application and, together with all required documents, submit it to the Graduate Program by its internal application deadline.


  • SSHRC requires official or certified copies of transcripts from each university attended or currently attending, regardless of the length of time spent at each institution. SGPS can provide the official Western transcripts for applications selected to go forward to the national competition. 
  • With regards to an exchange year abroad - if the grades from the foreign institution are appearing on the home university transcript, the foreign institution's transcript is not required.


  • To be eligible to apply, an applicant must:
    • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
    • Be applying for support to pursue the first PhD (or equivalent);
    • Be pursuing doctoral studies in the social sciences or humanities;
    • Not have already received a scholarship or fellowship from SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR to undertake or complete a doctoral degree or combined MA/PhD; and
    • Not be applying in the same academic year to NSERC or CIHR
    • Have achieved a minimum 80%, or equivalent, in each of the last two years of study, full-time equivalent.
  • To be eligible to apply through Western University, an applicant must be a full-time registered student, or be on an approved leave of absence, during the Fall 2016 Term.
  • Complete details for all conditions that must be met: Eligibility to Apply

Holding the Award at Western

Acceptance and Activation

As a new SSHRC scholar you must:

  • Accept the offer of award from the agency following the instructions provided in the letter of offer, and then activate it for payment by completing the required agency forms.
  • Initiate the payment process at Western by following these steps:
  • Access the Student Center
  • Select ‘Self Service’ from the main menu, then 'Campus Finances'
  • Select ‘My External Scholarships’ and follow the activation steps for your award
  • Choose the start date that matches the date stipulated by the agency in the offer

Method of Payment

  • SGPS administers the payment of external scholarships to Western recipients. The annual value of the award is divided into three equal installments and applied to your Student Center account at the start of every term (September, January and May).

Terms and Conditions for Holding the Award

  • Access and review your SSHRC Award Holder’s Guide (A) and comply with the regulations governing use of the award.
  • Complete an annual SGPS Progress Report Form
    • Submit the form by the deadline specified by SGPS in the annual notification email
    • Annual deadlines will vary for each SSHRC Scholar depending on the anniversary of the award start date, but will fall in either August, December, or April.
    • A Progress Report can be submitted no earlier than 60 days prior to the anniversary date.
    • Failure to submit Report on time will result in the delay or discontinuation of award payments.
    • Progress that is deemed unsatisfactory may result in termination of the award.



The Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) offers two streams of awards through one application: the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) and the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships.

The SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Doctoral Scholarships aim to develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities.

These funding opportunities help train Canada’s researchers and leaders of tomorrow.

Some Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients may be considered for the honour of having their scholarship named a “Canada Graduate Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela,” should SSHRC deem their application to be aligned with at least one of five themes championed by Mandela: national unity; democracy; freedom and human rights; leadership; children’s participation in society; and children’s health.

The CGS D is offered to the top-ranked applicants and the next tier of meritorious applicants are offered the Fellowship.

Beginning September 1, 2016, Western University will launch the Doctoral Excellence Research Awards.

The Doctoral Excellence Research Awards represent a new investment in graduate student support, in addition to the funding already invested by the University and Faculties in this area. The awards recognize outstanding academic achievement to nurture the potential of our best and brightest scholars.

A new doctoral student, who is also a new Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral (CGS D) or SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship recipient, will receive up to $15,000 during their first year, and up to an additional $10,000 for each subsequent year of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral (CGS D) or SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.

A continuing doctoral student, who is a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral (CGS D) or SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship recipient, will receive up to an additional $10,000 for each remaining year of their Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral (CGS D) or SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.

Western’s new Doctoral Excellence Research Awards represent an additional investment of approximately $2 million annually, underlining our overall commitment to supporting Canada’s future leaders.

All information updated July 5, 2016