Insight Development Grants for Canadian Students, 2017

  • Phd
  • 3 February 2017

Insight Development Grants are available for short-term research development projects, of up to two years, proposed by individuals or teams of Canadian students.
The Insight program aims to support and foster excellence in social sciences and humanities research intended to deepen, widen and increase our collective understanding of individuals and societies, as well as to inform the search for solutions to societal challenges.
SSHRC is governed by a council appointed by the federal government to represent the interests of the academic, public and private sectors.


Students enrolled in a program of study are not eligible to apply for an Insight Development Grant. However, a PhD candidate is eligible to apply if he or she
  • Will have met all requirements for the PhD before the grant is awarded (i.e., before June 1, 2017, for the current competition), including all course work and successful defense of their dissertation;
  • Establishes a formal affiliation with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution within three months of the grant start date (i.e., by September 2017 for the current competition); and
  • Maintains such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.


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The maximum value of an Insight scholarship is $400,000, over three to five years. A minimum request of $7,000 is required in at least one of the years. A maximum of $100,000 is available in a single year.


Applicants must complete the application form in accordance with the accompanying instructions. Applications must be submitted electronically by an authorized research grants officer, or equivalent, from the applicant’s institution. Eligible PhD students and postdoctoral researchers may submit their applications directly to SSHRC.
Note: Applicants will be required to complete the Canadian Common CV as part of their application to this funding opportunity. Applicants are encouraged to begin work on their CV early.
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