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 PGS-D per year up to four years
$35,000 CGS-D per year for three years


Canadian or Permanent Resident


October 1 (11:59:59 MST) for applications submitted through the University of Calgary

Degree type

Students enrolled in or applying to a doctoral program

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.

CGS-D eligibility requirements


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.


Applications are submitted electronically through the SSHRC Web-based Forms portal. Applicants to the PGS-D/CGS-D 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 University of Calgary 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 (PGS-D 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.


You are required to include 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.

Request your transcripts using the Tri-agency Notice of Intent form

The deadline to submit your Notice of Intent is July 12, 2022.

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.



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

  • Tri-Agency application workshop, Wednesday June 29th, 2022, 1:00-3:00 pm (MT)

  • view the workshop here (use passcode V+g9C4?6)

  • view the slide presentation here


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

Scholarship Café 1, Monday September 19, 2022

 10:00am - 12:30pm (MDT)

  • Choose an appointment time here

Scholarship Café 2, Wednesday September 21, 2022

 1:00pm - 3:30pm  (MDT)

  • Choose an appointment time here

For specific questions about the application process or technical details, contact the Graduate Scholarship Office at




GLC scholarship drop-ins

Drop-in #1, Tuesday July 19, 2022

1:00pm - 2:30pm (MDT)

Drop-in #2, Tuesday August 9, 2022

2:00pm - 3:00pm (MDT)

Drop-in #3, Monday September 26, 2022

1:00pm - 2:30pm (MDT)

Drop-in #4, Thursday September 29, 2022

1:00pm - 2:30pm (MDT)

Drop-in #5, Friday September 30, 2022

10:00am - 11:30am (MDT)