Social Sciences and Humanities Researh Council (SSHRC) graduate scholarships


  1. SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral (CGS D)
  2. SHRC Doctoral Fellowships (SSHRC D)

Value and duration

CGS D: $35,000/year (up to 3 years)
SSHRC D: $20,000/year (up to 4  years)

Deadline & eligibility

September 28th, 2021 by 8 p.m. is the internal deadline date for applicants currently registered or applicants who attended Concordia University during the calendar year of application. If you were not registered at a Canadian institution at any time during the year of application, you must apply directly to SSHRC by October 17, 2021 by 8:00 p.m. Please refer to the tri-agency flowchart to determine the appropriate application path.

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, as of the application deadline date;

  • not have already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from

  • the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) or SSHRC (the agencies);
  • submit only one scholarship or fellowship application in a given academic year to either SSHRC, CIHR or NSERC. Nominations to

  • the Vanier CGS program do not count toward this limit
  • (See SSHRC’s regulations on multiple applications and holding multiple awards for more information); and
  • have completed no more than 48 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31 of the calendar year of application. (SSHRC D)

  • have completed no more than 24 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31 of the year of application (no more than 36 months if transferred directly from Bachelors to a PhD or enrolled in a joint program, e.g., MD/PhD, MA/PhD). (CGS D).

Eligibility of Subject Matter at SSHRC: Applicants should apply to the agency that is best aligned with their research subject matter to ensure that it is reviewed by experts in disciplines closest to their field(s) of study. Applicants who are uncertain should consult the guidelines for selecting the appropriate federal granting agency.

Note: Applicants submit one application for both award types. Applicants eligible for both the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and CGS D Scholarships will automatically be considered for both awards. Top-ranked applicants eligible for a CGS D will automatically be offered the CGS award first. As each award has notable differences, applicants must read the descriptions for each award carefully to determine if they are eligible to apply and hold each award.

How to apply

  1. Applicant requests official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate):
    1. Transcripts should be requested as early as possible in order to meet the agency deadline date (e.g. at least 2 weeks before any hard deadline).
      Official transcripts can be picked up in person at the Birks Student Service Center (LB 185) or they can be mailed or sent by courier to students in sealed envelopes.
      For step by step instructions on how to request an official transcript, please see How to request an official transcript
    2. Translated copies of transcripts written in a language other than English or French must be submitted with a certification/validation using electronic signature or an email provided by the translator. Any validations/certifications must be uploaded to the electronic application with the transcripts;
    3. For your letter of attestation to confirm Part-time Study and/or Leave of Absence, you will need to order them online.
  2. Fill out an online application form by September 28th, 2021 by 8 p.m.
  3. Request two letters of appraisal: the letters are submitted by your referees once you add their contact information electronically on SSHRC’s online system.
    Note: You will not be able to successfully verify your application until each referee form has been successfully verified and completed.

Apply to

Eligible applicants through Concordia University must submit a web-based application form by September 28, 2021 by 8 p.m.

Note: Once the 8:00 p.m. (eastern) application deadline has passed for direct applicants on October 17, the application form will be offline and applications will not be accepted. The application form will come back online after 48 hours.

Post award information

To activate payment, (1) a Request for instalment and reinstatement of award form; and (2) a Concordia-based payment activation form along with your Notice of Award letter must submitted to the Graduate Awards Office.

Your award will be processed and released into your Student Account after 5 working days following the DNE deadline of every term. Click on Request a refund on your Student Centre to receive a cheque at your mailing address for any remaining funds.


Please email the Graduate Awards Office

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