Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council is awarding two types of doctoral awards: SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Doctoral Scholarships. Scholarships are valued at $35,000 per annum for 36 months (tenable only at eligible universities in Canada) and fellowships are valued at $20,000 per annum for 12, 24, 36 or 48 months (at any recognized university in Canada or abroad). Candidates eligible for both a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship and a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship will be considered for both awards. Application deadline for direct applications is November 6, 2014 and for University applications is January 9, 2015.
Study Subject(s): Awards are available in the Social Sciences or Humanities.
Course Level: Awards are available for undertaking or continuing a doctoral, combined MA/PhD, fast-track or direct-entry doctoral program.
Scholarship Provider: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Scholarship can be taken at: Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships are tenable only at eligible universities in Canada. SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships are tenable at any recognized university in Canada or abroad (not tenable in the first year of a combined MA/PhD program abroad). For the fellowship to be held abroad, the award holder must have completed at least one previous degree at a Canadian university.
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Eligibility: To qualify to apply to both the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships funding opportunities, you 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 2014-15 academic year to NSERC or CIHR.
At the time of application, you need not be assured of admission to a degree program.
Combined MA/PhD, fast-track and direct-entry PhD programs:
–If you are or will be registered in a combined MA/PhD, fast-track (accelerating from a master’s program into a doctoral program without obtaining the master’s degree) or direct-entry PhD program, you may be eligible to apply for a CGS Master’s Scholarship provided you have completed between zero and 12 months of graduate-level study by December 31 of the year of application.
-If you are currently registered in a combined MA/PhD, fast-track or direct-entry PhD program, and have or will have completed more than 12 months or more of graduate-level study by December 31 of the year of application, you can only apply to the Doctoral Awards funding opportunity.
Scholarship Open for International Students: Canadian citizens can apply for these doctoral awards.
Scholarship Description: Joseph-Armand Bombardier 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 undergraduate and graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities. These funding opportunities, together with the CGS Master’s Scholarships, the Vanier CGS, the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships and the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, help train Canada’s researchers and leaders of tomorrow.
Number of award(s): Not Known
Duration of award(s): Scholarships are for 36 months and fellowships are awarded for 12, 24, 36 or 48 months. SSHRC determines the value and duration of an award based on the number of months of full-time study (or equivalent) the applicant will have completed by December 31 of the year of application. For both the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships and the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships, applicants successful in the current competition must take up their awards in May 2015, September 2015 or January 2016. The January start date is available only to award holders who cannot begin their degree program earlier, either because of an incomplete previous degree or because their chosen degree program is not available until the later date.
What does it cover? Scholarships are valued at $35,000 per annum and fellowships are valued at $20,000 per annum. In the case of students who are registered in a combined MA/PhD or a fast-track program (accelerating from a master’s program into a doctoral program without obtaining the master’s degree), SSHRC will not include the first 12 months of the program in the calculation of the value and duration of the doctoral award.
Selection Criteria: All candidates will be assigned a rank order on the basis of the selection committees’ recommendations. Top-ranked candidates will receive an offer of award. Whether the offer is for a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship or a choice of either will depend upon the candidate’s overall ranking and the relevant eligibility criteria. Multidisciplinary selection committees evaluate applicants solely on academic merit, measured by:
-past academic results, as demonstrated by transcripts, awards and distinctions;
-the program of study and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge;
-relevant professional and academic experience, including research training, as demonstrated by conference presentations and scholarly publications;
-two written evaluations from referees; and
-the departmental appraisal (for those registered at Canadian universities).
Notification: SSHRC will announce the competition results in spring 2015. Competition results are not provided by telephone or email.
How to Apply: Candidates eligible for both a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship and a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship will be considered for both awards. Complete and submit only one online application form, together with the required attachments. Determine your current registration status from the below points and submit your completed application to the appropriate institution.
-In fall 2014, you are registered in a degree program at, or on an approved leave of absence from, a Canadian university with a quota: The university at which you are currently registered.
-In fall 2014, you are registered in a degree program at a Canadian university without a quota: SSHRC
-In fall 2014, you are registered in a degree program at a foreign university: SSHRC
-In fall 2014, you are not registered in a degree program at a university, but intend to undertake doctoral studies: SSHRC
Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadlines are: November 6, 2014 (for direct applications) and January 9, 2015 (University applications).