Launch of SSHRC’s 2019 Impact Awards Competition


We are pleased to announce that SSHRC has launched the 2019 Impact Awards competition. Every year, SSHRC invites eligible institutions to nominate their best and brightest researchers and students for an Impact Award. The awards recognize outstanding achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities funded partially or completely by SSHRC.

*Please Note: The Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies administers the Talent Award only. To submit a nomination for the Gold Medal, Insight Award, Connection Award, and/or Partnership Award, please refer to the Office of Research’s website.

Talent Award ($50,000) – The internal deadline for Talent Award Nominations is February 18, 2019 to the Graduate Awards Officers in the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies. Students do NOT apply - this is a nomination process.

The Talent Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual who, on April 1, 2019, holds a SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship. This includes, but is not limited to, a Canada Graduate Scholarship, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship or Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The Talent Award is given to an individual who maintains academic excellence, has a talent for research and knowledge mobilization and has demonstrated clear potential to be a future leader within and/or outside the academic sector.

The Talent Award may be taken up as a fellowship to fund the recipient’s doctoral or postdoctoral research over a one-year period, or may be used, within one year of receiving the award, as a grant to support research, knowledge mobilization or other research-related activities. At least 10 per cent of the award funds must be used to promote the recipient’s research achievements.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Challenge—Ambition and Importance (25%):​​
    • originality and significance of the body of work within the nominee’s fields of research.
  2. Achievements—Impact and Outcomes (75%):​​
    • originality and significance of nominee’s body of academic achievement and research, including quality of publications relative to stage of career;
    • evidence of impact of the nominee’s work within their fields of research and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community;
    • nominee’s ability and commitment to communicate research results within and/or beyond the academic community;
    • level of nominee’s engagement with, and quality of training and mentoring provided to, students, emerging scholars and participants, relative to nominee’s career level; and
    • nominee’s demonstrated potential for leadership and societal contributions within and/or beyond the academic community

Additional Information:

If you have any further questions, please contact the Graduate Awards Officers.