Be applying for support to pursue your first PhD (or equivalent);
be pursuing doctoral studies in the social sciences or humanities;
not have already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree; and
not be applying in the same academic year to NSERC or CIHR. At the time of application, you need not be assured of admission to a degree program.
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships are tenable at any recognized university in Canada or abroad. For the fellowship to be held abroad, the award holder must have completed at least one previous degree at a Canadian university. For award holders who do not meet this requirement, the fellowships are tenable only at recognized Canadian postsecondary institutions.
On the proposed start date of the award, you must:
be registered as a full-time student, undertaking or continuing a doctoral, combined MA/PhD, fast-track or direct-entry doctoral program in the social sciences or humanities; and not have exceeded the allowable number of months already spent in doctoral study.