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SSHRC Impact Awards (Talent)

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has launched a prestigious new award to recognize excellent achievement in postsecondary research.  

The Talent Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a current SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship award holder. The Talent Award is given to an individual who maintains academic excellence, has a talent for research and knowledge mobilization and has demonstrated clear potential to be a future leader within and/or outside the academic sector.


Program SSHRC Impact Awards - Talent
Value & Duration $50,000 - one time
Deadline March 31, 2014
How to Apply Must be nominated by department
Contact Please contact GPS Graduatefunding [dot] gps [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Applicable to Doctoral or Postdoctoral scholars currently holding a SSHRC fellowship or scholarship


Nomination Form must be received by GPS March 31, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Departmental quotas

Each institution may submit only one nomination. Units may submit only one nomination to GPS, this is a very competitive award and therefore only truly exceptional students that meet the criteria outlined by SSHRC should be nominated.

Nomination_Instructions_to_Unit - 2014


A nominee must:

Selection Criteria

  1. Challenge—Ambition and importance (15%):
  • originality and significance of the research.
  • Achievements—Impact and outcomes: (75%):
    • originality and significance of body of academic achievement and research, including quality of publications relative to the stage of career;
    • evidence of impact within and/or beyond the academic community;
    • ability and commitment to communicate research results both within and/or beyond the academic community;
    • demonstrated engagement, appropriate to career level, in high-quality training and mentoring of students, emerging scholars and other personnel;
    • demonstrated potential for leadership and societal contributions within and/or beyond the academic community.
  • Capability—Strategy for promotion (10%):
    • nominating institution’s commitment to promoting the impact and outcomes of the nominee’s achievements, and the quality of the strategy for doing so.

    Required forms/tools

    The following form must be received by (deadline -TBA 2014) to nominate applicants:

    Nomination Form

    Every nomination package (deadline -TBA 2014) must include the following components:

    1. A covering letter of up to two pages that includes: (unit/supervisor)
    • the name, current position and institution of the person proposing the nomination;
    • the Award category;
    • the name, position and affiliation of the nominee and any co-applicants;
    • a brief summary of the SSHRC-funded work that is being put forward for consideration;
    • the names, current positions, affiliations and areas of expertise of three referees who support the nomination; and
    • the signature of the nominating institution’s president or his/her delegate.
  • An attachment of up to four pages demonstrating the rationale supporting the nomination, including: (unit/supervisor)
    • the significance, challenge and impact of the achievements for which the nomination is being put forward;
    • the quality and scope of training and mentoring provided to students, emerging scholars and other highly qualified personnel, and indication of the nominee's career level;
    • a description, including evidence of research achievements, and, where applicable, impact and outcomes of the initiative;
    • examples of success in widely sharing, and encouraging application of, resulting knowledge and benefits within and/or beyond the academic community; and
    • evidence that outcomes resulted in significant and positive impacts in Canada and/or internationally.
  • A SSHRC CV and Consent form: (applicant)
  • Supporting information for nomination rationale: (unit/supervisor/applicant)
    Include up to three pages briefly summarizing the work undertaken, including SSHRC file number(s). The summary should support the rationale for the nomination by describing the impact, research outcomes, and other pertinent contributions resulting from the nominee’s research and/or research-related activities.

  • A promotion plan: (unit/faculty/GPS)
    Nominations must include up to two pages outlining the commitment and strategy of the nominating institution to promote and celebrate the impact and outcomes of the nominee’s achievements. Proposed outreach activities could include: a lecture series, workshops, videos, press releases, advertisements, social media engagement or other similar activities.

  • Letters of support from three referees:
    Three letters must be provided in support of the nominee. Referees must be established authorities in the field who have not worked with the nominee on the project being recognized, are not affiliated with the nominee’s current institution, and do not have a personal relationship with the nominee. 
    Note: In the case of the Talent Award, referees may be affiliated with the nominee’s current institution. 

    Letters of support must:
    • be dated and signed;
    • include the referee's name, position, affiliation, email address and telephone number;
    • include the name of the nominee and the period of time and capacity in which the referee has known the nominee; and
    • offer an overall assessment of the nominee's accomplishments, including examples of how these achievements fulfill the evaluation criteria outlined above.

    Talent Award nominees and recipients must comply with the Regulations Governing Fellowship and Scholarship Applications and the appropriate award holder’s guide, or the Regulations Governing Grant Applications and the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide, as appropriate.

    For more information please consult the SSHRC website