Applicant Status

  • In fall 2017, you are registered in a degree program at, or on an approved leave of absence from, a Canadian university with a quota. Apply at the university at which you are currently registered.
  • In fall 2017, you are registered in a degree program at a Canadian university without a quota. Apply directly to SSHRC. Please note that Carleton University has a quota.
  • In fall 2017, you are registered in a degree program at a foreign university. Apply directly to SSHRC.
  • In fall 2017, you are not registered in a degree program at a university, but intend to undertake doctoral studies. Apply directly to SSHRC.

The following table shows the periods of support applicable to students at different stages of doctoral (or equivalent) study.

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

Competition Process For Applicants Registered at a Canadian University

Step 1: The student submits his or her completed application to the relevant department head on or before the deadline set by the department.

Step 2: Members of the department appraise and rank all applications, then forward them, in their entirety, to the university’s faculty of graduate studies. SSHRC recognizes that some universities may have to do a preliminary preselection at the department level because of the large number of applications involved.

Step 3: The faculty of graduate studies preselection committee evaluates all applications by dividing them into two categories: A-list applications, which are recommended; and B-list applications, which are not. The faculty of graduate studies informs all applicants in writing of the outcome of their applications.

Step 4: All A-list applications are entered into the national competition, where they are evaluated by one of five multidisciplinary selection committees. SSHRC will announce the competition results in spring 2018. Competition results are not provided by telephone or email.

Competition Process For Applicants Not Registered at a Canadian University

Step 1: On or before November 5, 2017, the applicant submits to SSHRC his or her completed application.

Step 2: SSHRC staff reviews all applications and forwards those eligible to one of five multidisciplinary selection committees.

Step 3: Multidisciplinary selection committees evaluate all eligible applications by dividing them into two categories: A-list applications, which are recommended; and B-list applications, which are not. SSHRC informs all applicants in writing of the outcome of their applications.