2024-25 SSHRC Doctoral Competition

The SSHRC on-line application form is available at:  Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral program (nserc-crsng.gc.ca)

Due to SSHRC technical issues with the online application portal, the University of Windsor has extended the SSHRC Doctoral scholarship student deadline to Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 11:59 pm (ET).

Applications that had already been uploaded to the online system have been reactivated.  No further action needs to be taken by applicants who have already submitted their applications.

Referees have been informed of the situation. Although we will be reaching out to inform them that the system is back online, applicants have been encouraged to contact their referees to ensure they submit their reference letters before the revised deadlines. 

Extended Department Ranking Deadline:

The Graduate Studies Office will forward all applications and ranking sheets to departments for review as soon as possible after the application deadline.   Departments extended deadline to submit a completed ranking sheet to the Graduate Studies Office is Friday, October 27, 2023. 

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.)

SSHRC funds graduate scholarships in the social sciences and humanities.  

Students are eligible to apply if they are pursuing a research question that falls under the SSHRC mandate and have completed no more than 48 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31 of the calendar year of application.  For full eligibility requirements see:  https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/students-etudiants/pg-cs/cgsd-bescd_eng.asp#a4

The process for students to apply for the SSHRC doctoral scholarships is 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.

 The SSHRC on-line application form is available at:  https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/CGSD-BESCD_eng.asp


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.

 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.  It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the references are submitted in time to meet the October 12, 2023 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 October 12, 2023 so that it is available for review on-line.

 5.      The Graduate Studies Office will forward all applications and ranking sheets to departments for review as soon as possible after the application deadline. Departments are to submit a completed ranking sheet to the Graduate Studies Office by the deadline of October 27, 2023.


An official copy of the transcript is preferred, however, an unofficial version of your transcript will be accepted.  The Graduate Studies office reserves the right to request an official transcript should verification of grades be required.

 An up-to-date transcript(s) 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 for Fall 2023; however, if they are registered for Fall, they are required to upload an official UWindsor transcript showing their registration.  ***If this is not included the application will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.*** 


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. 

 The University of Windsor’s quota of applications that may be forwarded to this year's competition is 8.   


Institutions may recommend applications from self-identified Indigenous student researchers to the doctoral awards competition beyond their application quota. Self-identified Indigenous student researchers must agree to their personal information being used for this purpose by making the appropriate selection in the application form.


The Government of Canada has deployed additional funds to increase direct support for Black student researchers. CGS D applicants who self-identify as Black and provide consent to be considered for funds targeted towards specific groups may be selected to receive this funding. Each agency has a limited number of additional CGS D awards reserved for this initiative.

You can submit a maximum of one scholarship or fellowship application per academic year to either NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC. Should more than one application be submitted, the eligible application submitted first chronologically will be retained. Nominations to the Vanier CGS program and applications to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program do not count toward this limit (other exceptions may apply to CIHR internships)

You cannot have already received a doctoral-level scholarship from NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC (does not apply to CIHR Fellowships)

Virtual sessions will be offered to assist with completing a scholarship application.  Watch your email as an announcement will be coming soon.

If you have any questions, please contact gradaward@uwindsor.ca.