Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the Canadian federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Created by an act of Parliament in 1977, SSHRC is governed by a council that reports to Parliament through the Minister of Industry.

For a complete list of SSHRC funding opportunities, please consult SSHRC’s funding search engine.

For the policies and requirements governing the administration of SSHRC funds, please consult the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide.

For explanations of some of the terms commonly used in SSHRC program descriptions, please consult the Definition of Terms page.

Application Procedures

  • Application systems: Notification of intent and application forms may be found within one of two online systems:

SSHRC Web Form System (AKA “SSHRC System”): Insight Grants, Connection Grants, Partnership Grants, Partnership Development Grants (Web-based CV also to be completed through this system)

SSHRC Research Portal (AKA “Research Portal”): Insight Development Grants (Canadian Common CV must be completed separately and then linked to the application form)

For instructions on completing, submitting and uploading the SSHRC CCV, as well as a list of mandatory fields, please consult the following page.

Please note that the Research Portal is the newer of the two platforms, and that eventually all SSHRC programs will be migrated to this application system. 

  • Online submission process: Upon submission in either system, the application comes to OSR’s SSH Team for review. The application will not be transmitted to SSHRC when you click “submit,” but only after the Grants Officer has had the opportunity to review and approve it in the system. The Office of Sponsored Research will not forward your application to SSHRC without first receiving a complete and signed OSR checklist (electronic submission, no hardcopy required).
  • Editing your application: Those who have submitted their applications within one of the application systems for review can request that the application be returned to them by the Grants Officer for editing.
  • Participants: An invitation email will be automatically generated by each submission system once the co-applicant and/or collaborator data has been entered and saved by the applicant. A participant would then have access to accept the invitation so that they may fulfill the application requirements specific to their involvement.


Instructions for accepting an invitation to participate in the SSHRC System may be found at the following link.


  • Applicant eligibility:
    • Please consult SSHRC applicant guidelines to ensure that your affiliation and/or position would make you eligible to apply or participate in an application.
    • While postdoctoral fellows/researchers, academic associates and faculty lecturers are considered eligible as applicants for many SSHRC programs, due to internal policies they must request that their supervisor or department chair act as fund holder at McGill. They must also provide written confirmation of this arrangement at the time of application, along with an OSR checklist completed in the name of the designated fund holder. Furthermore OSR will require written confirmation from their department that the postdoc/academic associate/faculty lecturer will be holding a position at McGill for the duration of the grant.
    • Potential applicants must also keep in mind that by submitting an application as Principal Applicant or co-applicant renders them ineligible to receive salary support or personal compensation from Tri-Agency funds moving forward, whether the grant is successful or not. Individuals who hold a status that make them eligible to apply and receive Tri-Agency funds cannot be paid from Tri-Agency grants. However, there is one exception to this rule: postdoctoral researchers holding a fellowship or receiving a stipend or salary from another researcher’s grant may apply for and hold their own SSHRC research grant.  Take note that this applies to SSHRC only.
  • Subject matter eligibility: SSHRC funding is intended to support postsecondary-based research, research training and knowledge mobilization activities in the social sciences and humanities. Researchers whose work overlaps into research areas typically supported by NSERC or CIHR should consult SSHRC’s subject matter eligibility guidelines to ensure that the proposed project is aligned with their mandate. Contact OSR for more details.
  • Eligibility of expenses: Please consult the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide while preparing your application to ensure that all expenses for which you are budgeting are considered eligible by SSHRC.
  • Final Research Reports: Applicants who have received a SSHRC grant of any type but have failed to submit a Final Research Report by the deadline specified in their Notice of Award are not eligible to apply for another SSHRC grant until they have submitted the report. Unless specified otherwise, the Final Research Report is due six months following the end date of the grant, inclusive of any no-cost time extension.

Technical Assistance

  • SSHRC Helpdesk: Any questions or concerns of a technical nature (forgotten password, document compatibility issues, problems with online submission, etc.) should ideally be directed to the SSHRC Helpdesk. They can be reached at webgrant [at] () or 613-995-4273 (email is the faster and preferred method of communication). Responses are usually received in 1 to 2 business days.