Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

The Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) offers two streams of awards through one application. Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) and SSHRC Fellowships provide financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in a doctoral program in the social sciences or humanities. The CGS D will be offered to the top-ranked applicants and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered a Fellowship.

Value

Application

How to Apply: Online Application

Timelines and Deadlines

Administering the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship Competition

Coordinating the Collection of Applications

  1. After consultation with your Graduate Chair, set your graduate program deadline and publicize this to your students. Leave enough time for your graduate committee to do its work i.e. review and rank before final submission to SGPS.
  2. Add each application in your cohort to the tracking record in the External Funding Portfolio and complete all required fields in the Maintain Applications page of Program Assessment.
  3. Verify all applications for eligibility and completeness.

Eligibility

  1. Program Eligibility
    • To qualify to apply the student must:
      • be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
      • be applying for support to pursue your 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 2012-13 academic year to NSERC or CIHR.
    • Combined MA/PhD, Fast-track and Direct-Entry PhD Programs
      • If a current undergraduate student is proposing to undertake a direct-entry doctoral program next year, he/she may apply for scholarship support in the CGS Master’s Awards competition
      • If a current graduate student in a combined MA/PhD, fast-track or direct-entry PhD program has not completed more than 12 months of graduate-level study by Dec 31st (by the end of the term in which they are preparing the application), he/she may apply for scholarship support in the CGS Master’s Awards competition
      • If a current undergraduate student is proposing to undertake a direct-entry doctoral program next year at a foreign institution, he/she must apply for scholarship support in the SSHRC Doctoral Awards competition
    • Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Doctoral Programs
      • If the student is or will be registered in a combined undergraduate/doctoral program, they may apply to the Doctoral Awards program only for the period(s) during which they are enrolled full-time at the doctoral level.
  2. Time in Program Eligibility
    • The following table shows the periods of support applicable to students at different stages of doctoral (or equivalent) study.
    • Number of months completed by December 31 of the year of application Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
      Applicants who will have completed between 0 and 4 months 36 months of funding 48 months of funding
      Applicants who will have completed between 5 and 16 months 36 months of funding 36 months of funding
      Applicants who will have completed between 17 and 28 months Not eligible 24 months of funding
      Applicants who will have completed between 29 and 40 months Not eligible 12 months of funding
      Applicants who will have completed 41 months or more Not eligible Not eligible
    • Special Notes:
      • All previous studies counted towards the graduate degree for which funding is requested will be included in the evaluation of eligibility
      • Two months of part-time study equal one month of full-time study
      • For applicants registered in a combined MA/PhD degree program, the first 12 months of the combined program will not be included in the evaluation of eligibility.
  3. Academic Eligibility
    • Depending on the time the applicant has already spent, if any, in graduate studies, you calculate the eligibility average in one of two ways:
      • “Last 10. Credit Course Average” corresponds to the SSHRC Doctoral calculation average description for those students who:
        1. at the time of application, are in final year of undergraduate degree program or up to term 6 of graduate studies.  Use the most recent 10.0 course credits or equivalent completed as of August 31st of the year of application
      • “Grad-Level Course Only Average” corresponds to the SSHRC Doctoral calculation average description for those students who:
        1. at the time of application, are in term 7 or later of graduate studies. Use only completed graduate-level grades as of August 31st of the year of application

Research Eligibility

Doctoral Awards proposals may involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding but must meet the following two criteria:

Choice of Multi-disciplinary Committee

Committee 1 (7521) Fine arts; Literature (all types)
Committee 2 (7522) Classical Archaeology; Classics; Classical and Dead Languages; History; Mediaeval Studies; Philosophy; Religious Studies
Committee 3 (7523) Anthropology; Archaeology (except Classical Archaeology); Archival Science; Communications and Media Studies; Criminology; Demography; Folklore; Geography; Library and Information Science; Sociology; Urban and Regional Studies; Environmental Studies
Committee 4 (7524) Education; Linguistics; Psychology; Social Work
Committee 5 (7525) Economics; Industrial Relations; Law; Management, Business, Administrative Studies; Political Science

If the main discipline is Women's Studies, the choice of committee is based on the primary aspect of the applicant’s research in the field. For example, if the research involves women's literature, Committee 1 should be chosen.

If the main discipline is Interdisciplinary Studies, the committee choice is based on the most prevalent discipline among those related to the research. For example, if the research involves history and sociology, but it is less focused on history and more focused on sociology, Committee 3 should be chosen.

Scholarship Review Committee

  1. Convene your program’s graduate committee to review and rank each complete and eligible application.
  2. A two-stage ranking process may be necessary in graduate programs and departments involved in interdisciplinary research which will be reflected in the choice of committee codes of the applications to be ranked, which may span more than one SSHRC discipline group as defined in the Doctoral Awards Selection Committees chart. (e.g. Psychology applications may fall into Committee 4 and Committee 5 depending on the research)
    • Stage 1 Review and Ranking, if necessary:
      1. Graduate Program Coordinator will divide the applications into pools defined by the committee discipline code chosen by the students in their applications, regardless of current level of study.
      2. The Graduate Chair will split the committee into discipline teams to do an initial review and ranking of applications by SSHRC discipline group.
      3. During initial review, team members also verify the accuracy of the committee code chosen by the students.
      4. Teams rank their applications .
    • Review and Ranking (Stage 2, if Stage 1 in play)
      1. ESC will divide applications into two pools:
        • Pool 1: current master’s applicants
        • Pool 2: current doctoral students
      2. The Graduate Chair will instruct the committee members to rank all applications in each pool
      3. If Stage 1 Review and Ranking occurred, those rankings will be shared with all members in a final meeting and compared to the Stage 2 rankings to ensure that all applications with research that spans more than one SSHRC discipline group are given equal consideration
    • For the Doctoral Awards competition, SSHRC does not provide weighted selection criteria. Departmental committee members should consider and weigh each component of the application as they see fit when evaluating applications. It is appropriate to take into account the stage at which an applicant is in their program.
    • Members are asked to identify letters of appraisal that need revising and bring them to the attention of the Graduate Chair and the ESC for follow-up by the SGPS submission deadline.
    • Graduate Program Coordinator  enters all final ranks and corresponding pool numbers into Student Center for the applications that will be recommended to SGPS

Preparing the Applications for Submission to SGPS

Submit the Applications to SGPS

Administering the SSHRC Results

Announcement of Results

Viewing Results in GradNet

Viewing Results in Student Center

(External Scholarship Coordinators only)

Activation of the Award

Students can accept or refuse their award with SSHRC and Western, by following these steps:

  1. Email the Council at fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca specifying the start date of your award and, if you know it, the university and department of tenure or specify your reasons for refusing the award (e.g., employment, acceptance of another award).
  2. While SSHRC instructions indicate that you are to return Payment Activation - Form 1, Part I to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies you must instead activate your SSHRC with SGPS by accessing Student Center.
  3. Select `Self Service' from the main menu, then 'Campus Finances'.
  4. Select 'My External Scholarships' and follow the activate/decline steps for your SSHRC award.
  5. Complete Payment Activation - Form 1, Part II and along with a copy of your notice of award, return it to SGPS. SGPS will forward Form 1, Part II to SSHRC attesting to your full-time registration status.

Publicizing the Results

SSHRC Annual Progress Report: Form

Support

Contact

All information updated October 9, 2013