Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

SSHRC funds research in the social sciences and humanities and is open to current and prospective students.

The Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral (CGS D) program is a federal program of scholarships awarded by the CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC granting agencies that supports high-calibre doctoral students in all academic disciplines.

At a glance


$20,000 Doctoral Fellowship per year up to four years
$35,000 CGS-D per year for three years


Canadian or Permanent Resident


October 12 before 11:59:59pm (MST) for applications submitted through the University of Calgary.

**including references**

If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications must be submitted by the following business day before 11:59:59pm (MST)

Degree type

Students enrolled in or applying to a doctoral program

SSHRC Doctoral Application is Online

**The SSHRC Doctoral Awards application system is back online and accessible.   The deadline for applications submitted to the University of Calgary (a Canadian institution with a quota) is extended to 11:59:59 pm Thursday, October 12, 2023. (Calgary time). Please inform your referees of the system update and revised deadline as your application cannot be successfully verified and submitted until each referee form has been completed.

See the UCalgary SSHRC website and the SSHRC Doctoral website for details. Please contact should you experience any technical difficulties with the system as late applications cannot be accommodated.**

Preparing your application

You are encouraged to apply for awards when you have submitted your admissions application and received your University of Calgary student number (UCID). You are not required to meet the eligibility requirements in the terms of reference of an award when you apply, but if successful, you must meet the eligibility requirements at the time the award is paid.

Please ensure that you have completed the following two steps before submitting your application:

Read the terms of reference

Awards are based on merit. It is important to read and understand the award terms of reference listed on this page and/or on the agency, or donor website.

Know your eligibility

Read our guide to discover the polices and regulations that determines a student's award eligibility at the University of Calgary.

Award Guide: Eligibility

Terms of reference


See the CGS-D website for details on doctoral eligibility

To be eligible at the University of Calgary, you must have achieved a first-class average of 3.5 or higher in the last two years of study.

If you are a licensed health/allied health professional pursuing a PhD and are eligible to apply for a Tri-agency Fellowship (ie CIHR Fellowship), you will not be considered for a Tri-agency doctoral scholarship through the University of Calgary competition. *This policy does not apply to the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.

CGS-D application eligibility requirements

Tri-agency Recipient Eligibility

The Tri-agency research training award holder’s guide governs eligibility for CGS-M, CGS-D, PGS-D, SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, and Vanier funding offered through CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC.

If you are a recipient of Tri-agency funding, you must review this guide prior to making any changes to your registration, employment etc. Contact to inform the Faculty of Graduate Studies of any potential changes that may impact your funding.



University of Calgary internal deadline to submit through the appropriate Tri-agency portal is October 1.

When a deadline falls on a weekend, applications will be accepted until midnight local time on the first business day following the deadline date.

As the application deadline approaches, delays may occur due to a high volume of users on the application portal, which may prevent the timely submission of your application. Requests to submit late applications will not be accepted. 

If you are not currently a registered student, please refer to the CGS-D website to submit directly to the funding agency.


Applicants are to notify FGS of their intention to apply to the SSHRC CGS-D/Doctoral Fellowship competition by submitting a Tri-agency NOI

Students who do not submit an NOI but are eligible for the SSHRC CGS-D/Doctoral Fellowship competition are still strongly encouraged to apply to the main competition.

Applications are submitted electronically through the SSHRC Web-based Forms portal. Applicants to the CGS-D/Doctoral Fellowship competition complete the SSHRC Doctoral Awards Form.

Based on your registration status at the time of application, your application will be processed by either the Canadian institution in which you are registered or by SSHRC. Refer to the CGS-D website for additional information.

Applications received by the University of Calgary are reviewed by the Graduate Scholarship Committee and are forwarded to SSHRC based on a quota provided by SSHRC. All students will be notified whether their application been forwarded to SSHRC for review by late November.

Meritorious CGS-D applicants may also be eligible for agency-specific doctoral awards (Doctoral Fellowship etc). Applicants complete and submit one application to be considered for both a CGS-D scholarship and an agency doctoral award. CGS-D scholarships are offered to top-ranked eligible applicants.

Note: The application process itself remains the same regardless of whether your application is submitted through the University of Calgary or to SSHRC directly. All applicants are required to complete the SSHRC Doctoral Awards Form.

Please review the application instructions and Frequently Asked Questions.

Tri-agency - Doctoral Notice of Intent (NOI) submission benefits:

  • Receive copies of your official transcripts formatted for the application
  • Invitation to attend workshops for preparing an application with the best chance of success
  • Enables your department/program to align you with their mentoring initiatives

Submit Now!

  1. Go to your Student Centre and click the link Apply for Awards tab on your home screen.
  2. Select the Tri-agency Notice of Intent - Doctoral

Deadline is August 2, 2023


You are required to include official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions that you have attended, including the University of Calgary, even if no grades were assigned or you did not complete the degree.

If you submitted an NOI, the Graduate Scholarship Office will compile all your listed transcripts from your UCalgary Student File and format them into one file as required by the application portal.

If you did not submit an NOI, you are responsible for compiling copies of your official transcripts on your own.

Student responsibility

We will email the PDF file to you by September 22, and you will have to upload it to your application by the October 1st application deadline according to the application instructions

It is your responsibility to ensure the transcripts attached here are correct, complete, legible once uploaded and in the correct format. Review the final version of your online application before it is submitted.

If you have not received your transcripts
We are unable to respond to any emails requesting updates on the status of your request prior to September 23, as this delays the overall process. If there are any concerns with your transcripts, you will be contacted.

Attend a workshop

Set yourself up for success and attend one of our workshops.

UCalgary workshops are hosted by the the Graduate Leaders Circle (GLC). The Graduate Leaders Circle is comprised of Vanier and Killam recipients, the most prestigious awards available to graduate students in Canada. Members serve as mentors to help other graduate students improve their chances for various awards.

GLC Awards workshop

CGS – Doctoral Workshop #1
Aug 10, 2023 | 10 am -12 noon
View recorded session

CGS – Doctoral Workshop #2
Sept 15, 2023 | 10 am -12 noon
** This is a Q&A style session. please ensure you review the recording from the August workshop prior to attending this session.**


One-on-one mentoring

Hosted by the Graduate Leaders Circle, scholarship cafes and dedicated one-on-one mentoring sessions are available for students applying for Tri-Council Doctoral scholarships. Drop-in and scheduled sessions are available.

If you have eligibility questions or you experience difficulties with the portal, please contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies office ( or contact the research portal directly.

GLC scholarship cafes

CGS – Doctoral Cafe #1:
Sept 19, 2023 | 10 am - 12:30 pm

CGS – Doctoral Cafe #2:
Sept 21, 2023 | 1 pm - 3:30 pm

GLC scholarship drop-ins

CGS – Doctoral Drop In #1:
Aug 15, 2023 | 1 pm - 2:30 pm

CGS – Doctoral Drop In #2:
Sept 7, 2023 | 2 pm - 3:30 pm

CGS – Doctoral Drop In #3:
Sept 25, 2023 | 2 pm - 3:30 pm 

CGS – Doctoral Drop In #4:
Sept 27, 2023 | 10:30 am - 12 noon

CGS – Doctoral Drop In #5:
Sept 29, 2023 | 10 am - 11:30 am