The Talent Award is given to Canada’s top SSHRC-funded doctoral student or postdoctoral fellow 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 and the significant impact of their current research. One award is offered nationally.
Challenge—Ambition and importance (15%):
Achievements—Impact and outcomes (75%):
evidence of impact within and/or beyond the academic community
originality and significance of body of academic achievement and research, including quality of publications relative to the stage of career
ability and commitment to communicate research results both within and/or beyond the academic community
demonstrated engagement, appropriate to career level, in high-quality training and mentoring of students, emerging scholars, and other personnel
demonstrated potential for leadership and societal contributions within and/or beyond the academic community
Capability—Strategy for promotion (10%):
The nomination package must include the components listed below. Each document must start on a new page. Please do not include any additional material, as it will not be assessed. See detailed instructions on the
SSHRC website for preparing each document below.
A covering letter—application details (2 pages maximum)
Nomination letter—rationale supporting nomination (4 pages maximum)
Nominee’s SSHRC CV and SSHRC consent forms
Supporting information for nomination rationale (2 pages maximum)
Promotion plan—outlining the Faculty/institution’s approach (2 pages maximum)
Letters of support from three referees (each 2 pages maximum)
A covering letter of up to 2 pages that includes:
the name, current position, and institution of the person proposing the nomination;
the Award category;
the name, position, and affiliation of the nominee and any co-applicants;
a brief summary of the SSHRC-funded work that is being put forward for consideration, including the relevant SSHRC file number(s);
a summary of the nominee’s overall contribution to their field of research;
the names, current positions, affiliations, and areas of expertise of three referees who support the nomination;
the name and coordinates of a contact person (typically, someone in the Research Office or Graduate Studies Office) to whom all inquiries and correspondence, including results, will be sent; and
the signature of the nominating institution’s president or his/her delegate.
An attachment of up to 4 pages demonstrating the rationale supporting the nomination, including:
the significance, challenge, and impact of the achievements for which the nomination is being put forward;
the quality and scope of training and mentoring provided to students, emerging scholars, and other highly qualified personnel, and indication of the nominee's career level;
a description, including evidence of research achievements and, where applicable, impact and outcomes of the initiative;
examples of success in widely sharing, and encouraging application of, resulting knowledge and benefits within and/or beyond the academic community; and
evidence that outcomes resulted in significant and positive impacts in Canada and/or internationally.
Nominee’s documents: SSHRC CV and consent forms:
A signed, printed copy of the nominee’s
Please also ensure that the online version of the nominee SSHRC CVs (not the Canadian Common CV) has been completed and are up to date. No information additional to the SSHRC CV itself, such as lists of publications or teaching history, will be considered by the jury.
Information supporting the nomination rationale:
Include up to two pages (if relevant) of further information supporting the rationale presented in section 2 above. It may include, as appropriate, a detailed list of research contributions, outcomes, and other activities mentioned in more general terms in section 2 (e.g., publications, conference presentations, graduate students supported or trained). Other research contributions, outcomes, and activities may also be included. When referring to SSHRC-funded initiatives, please cite all relevant SSHRC file numbers.
A promotion plan:
Nominations must include a promotion plan (of up to 2 pages) outlining the institution’s proposed approach for promoting and celebrating the impact and outcomes of the nominee’s achievements. Elements of a strong promotion plan include: i) purpose; ii) target audiences; iii) objectives; iv) key messages; v) promotional activities; and vi) an evaluation plan (how the effectiveness of each activity will be measured).
Letters of support, of up to 2 pages each, from 3 referees:
Three letters must be provided in support of the nominee. Referees must be established authorities in the field who have not worked with the nominee on the project being recognized, and do not have a personal relationship with the nominee. Referees should not send their letters directly to SSHRC, but, rather, to the graduate unit/Faculty making the nomination.
Letters of support must:
be dated and signed;
be a maximum of 2 pages long;
include the referee's name, position, affiliation, email address, and telephone number;
include the name of the nominee and the period of time and capacity in which the referee has known the nominee; and
offer an overall assessment of the nominee's accomplishments, including examples of how these achievements fulfil the evaluation criteria outlined above.
Faculty nominations are submitted to the School of Graduate Studies through the Faculty Dean or Vice-Dean, Graduate Education.
Single-unit Faculties may forward one nomination annually; multiple-unit Faculties may forward up to 2 nominations.
Documentation sent directly (by the applicant, Faculty, or referee to SSHRC will
not be considered.
Documents in a language other than English maybe require an official English translation.
Retain all original application materials until results are available.
Nominations are due to SGS by March 20, 2017. Each nomination package is to be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to the:
Graduate Awards Office
School of Graduate Studies
University of Toronto