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.

Funding opportunities

For an overview of the main SSHRC funding opportunities, see OSR’s Table of Agency Programs. Search for SSHRC funding opportunities via their funding search engine.

OSR services

OSR provides a wide range of services and resources to support applications from McGill researchers to SSHRC, such as application guides, workshops, lending library of successful applications, and grant review services.

To access OSR resources and for questions on SSHRC funding opportunities, please contact the appropriate OSR officer or jennifer.callaghan [at] (Grants Administrator).

Applying for SSHRC Funding

  • Application systems (forms and instructions): 

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

SSHRC Research Portal (AKA “Research Portal”): Insight Development Grants. The Canadian Common CV must be completed separately and then linked to the application form. For instructions on completing, submitting and uploading the SSHRC CCV, please consult the following page.

  • Online submission process: Upon submission in either system, the application comes to OSR’s Social Sciences and Humanities Team for review. The OSR Officer will either return the application to you for editing, or forward the application to SSHRC after receipt of a completed OSR checklist.
  • Applicant eligibility: Consult SSHRC applicant guidelines and the Eligibility section of the funding opportunity guidelines to ensure that your affiliation and/or position would make you eligible to apply. Postdoctoral researchers, academic associates and faculty lecturers should contact OSR for details on eligibility implications and internal procedures before initiating an application. Researchers whose work overlaps with 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 SSHRC’s mandate, and contact OSR for more information.
  • Administrative guidelines:  Consult the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide for rules that apply to all SSHRC programs, including eligible expenses and fund administration. Additional guidelines and regulations governing SSHRC grant applications are listed here. See also SSHRC’s Definition of Terms.
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