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SSHRC Doctoral Scholarships


Program SSHRC Doctoral CGS Doctoral
Value &
(up to 4 years)
(up to 3 years)
Deadline   To be determined by Academic Unit
How to Apply Hard copy of online application and all supporting documents submitted to your Academic Unit by deadline. See below for more details.
Contact Please contact your Academic Unit or consult the SSHRC website
Apply to Doctoral students who are registered in a degree program at McGill in Fall term of application year apply through their Academic Unit at McGill.
Notes If you are a postdoc or otherwise do not fit the above criteria, either apply directly to SSHRC or the university in which you are registered for the above time periods. Consult the SSHRC website for more details and deadline dates.


To qualify to apply to this program, a student must:

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • be applying for support to pursue your first PhD (or equivalent);
  • have achieved a first-class average, as determined by your university (McGill – 3.30), in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent (How does McGill calculate the last two years of full-time study?)
  • not have already received an award for the same level of study from SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR;
  • not be applying for graduate funding in the 2014-15 academic year to NSERC or CIHR*; 
  • Qualifying or "make-up" years of study are not eligible.

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;
  • At the time of application, you need not be assured of admission to a degree program.

If you are unsure if your research falls under SSHRC guidelines please email the agency directly with a summary of your research to confirm. If you apply to the inappropriate agency, or to multiple agencies, your application will be disqualified.

Interdisciplinary research

Students seeking support for interdisciplinary research in areas covered by more than one of NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC (for example, research in Biomedical Engineering) should consult with one of the granting agencies well before any applicable deadlines.

Required documents

  1. Online application form (must register first)
  2. McGill transcript ordering information
  3. Appraisal forms and guidelines for referees

How to apply


Competition process


Note: “Academic Unit” roles: usually refers to work led by appointed fellowships coordinator of the Academic Unit.

  1. Student requests transcripts and referee letters to go to Academic Unit: hardcopy referee letters must be submitted and added to application (in sealed envelopes)
  2. Student fills out online application
  3. Student saves application
  4. Student prints and submits finalized application to Academic Unit
  5. Student brings printed completed application copies in-person to Academic Unit (# of copies required determined by Academic Unit)
  6. Academic Unit accepts entire application including supporting documents from students in person
  7. Academic Unit file review committee reviews files and decides to “recommend” or “not recommend” to GPS Graduate Funding (submit via GPS-FAD*)
  8. Academic Unit completes Academic Unit appraisal form and adds it to student application (hardcopy)
  9. Academic Unit communicates file review outcomes to applicants
  10. Academic Unit forwards the original and a scan of the “recommended” files and original and 1 copy of “non-recommended” files to GPS Graduate Funding – James Building Room 400 or through internal mail. Documents/packages clearly labeled "GPS Graduate Funding".
  11. GPS Graduate Funding's file review committee reviews the recommended files and decides to “recommend” or “not recommend” to granting agency
  12. GPS Graduate Funding notifies every applicant (whose application was recommended to GPS by Academic Unit) of the outcome of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ file review
  13. Agency announces winners in Spring

Additional resources

Post-Award Information

If you have been awarded the above fellowship, please refer to Accepting, activating, and maintaining your award. Among other items, this page contains the SSHRC Award Holder's Guide and Progress Report Form. The deadlines for these items are as follows:

Award Start Date

Document Deadlines

Progress Report

May 1 Apr 15 Apr 15
Sep 1 Jul 15 (in-course)
Aug 5 (new)
Jul 15
Jan 1 Dec 1 Dec 1