Writing SSHRC Proposals: August 16 – 18, 2021

​​​​​Why, What, and How?

Why a SSHRC Writing Intensive Course?

Many departments in the Humanities and Social Sciences require eligible incoming graduate students to apply for ″SSHRC awards.″  The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), which is funded by the Canadian government, offers Master’s and doctoral awards for graduate students in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada are eligible to apply. Deadlines for the doctoral applications are set by graduate departments, and they are usually in late September or early October.
For many years, the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) has offered courses on Writing SSHRC Proposals to graduate students who are preparing to apply for SSHRC Master’s or doctoral awards. Good SSHRC proposals are hard to write, and they are also hard to prepare during the busy beginning of term. The goal of this writing-intensive version of our SSHRC course is to encourage students to devote concentrated time to writing their SSHRC proposals before the business of term begins.

What is the difference between GCAC’s regular SSHRC course and the Writing Intensive version of the course?

The writing-intensive version of the SSHRC course takes place over three days from Monday August 16 − Wednesday August 18 inclusive from 10:00 am − 12:00 pm daily. The course also provides both online and in-person tutorials and one-on-one appointments to students who have drafts to submit for feedback (dates to be scheduled).
The SSHRC August Intensive course is designed with doctoral SSHRC applicants in mind, as the doctoral SSHRC deadline is early in the fall. GCAC’s later course starts in late September or early October and runs for two-hours a week for three weeks. That version of the course is designed for students applying for Master’s SSHRC awards, as the deadline for submitting a Master’s SSHRC application is much later (usually late November or December 1). Master’s students are welcome to take the August Intensive course but should be aware that the August course will focus mostly on doctoral grants.


The August SSHRC Intensive course will be offered in a live online format. Given the proprietary nature of research grants, and the fact that this course shows samples of winning grants (with authors’ permission), this course will only be offered live and will not be recorded. Students who wish to take the course must attend at the times of the live online classes listed above.

Eligibility & Registration Procedures


Enrollment is open to incoming and registered graduate students at the University of Toronto who are applying for Master’s or doctoral SSHRC grants or for OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarships) in the fall of 2021. Those applying for postdoctoral fellowships are not eligible to participate. 

​Registration Procedures

SSHRC WI: August 16 – 18, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET Instructor: Dr. Jane Freeman

To register, click the blue “REGISTER” button above. You will be prompted to log in to the registration system using your UTORid and password. If you are not able to log in try a different browser(s) and then contact us at sgs.gcacreg@utoronto.ca.

To register, click the blue “Register for this event” button on the right. If the blue button does not appear, either online registration is no longer possible or you are not eligible to take this course.

​​Once you have registered, you should receive a confirmation email which will include your registration details and course information. That email is sent to the address that is listed in your official U of T profile. ​If you do not receive an email, contact us at sgs.gcacreg@utoronto.ca with your information. 

Please note: If you do not have a UTORid or password please consult the Information Commons helpdesk. If you have not yet activated your UTORid or have forgotten your password, please refer to UTORid Account Management. If you are not an incoming or registered U of T graduate student, you are not eligible to take our courses.​