SSHRC Doctoral scholarship competition 2020-21: information and instructions

SSHRC funds graduate scholarships in the social sciences and humanities.

The following is a brief overview of the main steps in the SSHRC doctoral scholarship electronic application process.

Note that SSHRC Master's scholarships (CGS M) have a separate application process and deadline (December 1, 2019).

The process for students to apply for the SSHRC doctoral scholarships is now done completely on-line. The Graduate Studies office will forward electronic copies of complete applications to each department as soon as possible after the student application deadline (September 16, 2019).

Access the SSHRC on-line application form at:

Application Steps:

1. Student logs in and completes and verifies their application form and their SSHRC web-based c.v.  New users must register  before creating an application on-line.

2. Student uploads required documents in PDF format:  Research Proposal; Bibliography/Citations; Transcripts; Research Contributions, Relevant Experience and Activities; and any other allowable inclusions. 

3. Student selects two referees and provides each referee's contact information as part of the application process.  The referees complete Letter of Appraisal forms through SSHRC’s on-line system.

IMPORTANT:  it is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the references are submitted in time to meet the September 16, 2019 application deadline.

4. Once all of the required documentation has been supplied as part of the on-line application students “verify” and "submit" their application electronically by the deadline of Monday, September 16, 2019 so that it is available for review on-line.

5. The Graduate Studies office will forward all completed applications to departments as soon as possible after this deadline for your review.

6. Departments submit a completed ranking sheet to the Graduate Studies Office by noon on Friday, October 4, 2019.

Uploading Transcripts

Official and up-to-date transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies (including the transcript legend) must be scanned and uploaded in PDF format by the student in the "Transcripts Module " of the application.  

Students will not have grades yet for Fall 2019 but are still required to upload an official UWindsor transcript showing their registration for Fall, if applicable.

Reference Letters

It is important the referees follow the instructions when completing the SSHRC Letters of Appraisal.  All students sent forward for a SSHRC scholarship are excellent and the reference letter may make the difference between a student being selected, or not selected. 

Ranking Criteria

Review the selection criteria and weights against which applications will be assessed.  Note that these are different this year.

SSHRC no longer requires a Department Appraisal form for each applicant.

The University of Windsor’s quota of applications that may be forwarded to SSHRC for the 2020-21 competition is 17.

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Studies office at