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Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies


SSHRC – Postdoctoral Fellowships

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) – Postdoctoral Fellowships

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships support the most promising Canadian new scholars in the social sciences and humanities and assist them in establishing a research base at an important time in their research careers.

Value and Duration of Awards

$40,500 per year (taxable); non-renewable tenable for a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 24 months


It is the subject matter and the objectives and content of a proposal, rather than research methodology or the institutional affiliation of the applicant, that determine research eligibility. Research programs proposing only the adaptation of doctoral theses for publication, the editing of textbooks, translation, or the acquisition of a foreign language are ineligible. In other words, the research proposed in the application for a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship must be significantly different and distinct from, or add significantly to, that related to the doctoral thesis.

To apply to this funding opportunity, applicants must:

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada (by the application deadline);
  • have earned a first doctorate from a recognized university no earlier than September 2013 (date all degree requirements were completed, not the date of graduation), or have completed a first doctorate no earlier than September 2010, but have had their career interrupted or delayed for the purpose of maternity, childrearing, illness, or health-related family responsibilities;
  • not hold a tenure or tenure-track faculty position;
  • have finalized arrangements for affiliation with a recognized university or research institution;
  • have applied not more than twice before to the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships funding opportunity;
  • not be applying in the 2015-16 academic year to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships program or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Fellowships program; and
  • not have already received a postdoctoral award (including a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship) from SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR.

Applicants who obtain their PhD from a foreign university are eligible to apply only if they wish to hold their award at a Canadian university.

Complete eligibility guidelines are available on the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship website.

Selection Criteria

Applications are selected based on the following:

Challenge (20%) – The aim and importance of the endeavor
Feasibility (30%) – The plan to achieve excellence
Capability (50%) – The expertise to succeed

Application Process

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship applications require an "Institutional Nomination and Commitment" to be submitted as part of the application package.  Nominations must be prepared by the Chair/Director of the proposed host department and should outline how the institution "will support effective research training and career development for the applicant", based on SSHRC's Guidelines for Effective Research Training

Applicants should speak to their proposed supervisor to help identify the person who should complete the nomination.   In cases where the department head and the research supervisor are the same person, s/he should provide the information requested for the Institutional Nomination and Commitment as well as that requested for the Research Appraisal.  Department Chairs who would like advice or assistance completing nominations should contact Dr. Matt Smith, Associate Dean Postdoctoral Affairs (

In order to ensure the institutional nomination can be completed by the deadline, the request must be received no later than September 16, 2015.  Complete applications must be submitted online to SSHRC by September 23, 2015.

Complete details on this funding opportunity can be found on the SSHRC website.

Questions?  Contact Dr. Matthew Smith, Associate Dean, Postdoctoral Affairs