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SSHRC Talent Award

Posted by Faculty of Graduate Studies on January 23, 2017 in Awards


SSHRC has announced a suite of awards to recognize outstanding achievement in postsecondary research, scholarship and knowledge mobilization by graduate students, researchers working individually or in teams, and formal partnerships.

Graduate Studies will be holding a competition for the TALENT AWARD ($50,000)

The Talent Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a current SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship award holder. 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-to-two-year period, or may be used in the form of a grant over three years to support research, knowledge mobilization or other research-related activities. A minimum of 10 per cent of the award funds must be used to promote the recipient’s research achievements.

Selection Criteria

  1. Challenge—Ambition and importance (15%):
    • originality and significance of the research.
  2. Achievements—Impact and outcomes: (75%):
    • originality and significance of body of academic achievement and research, including quality of publications relative to the stage of career;
    • evidence of impact within and/or beyond the academic community;
    • 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.
  3. Capability—Strategy for promotion (10%):
    • nominating institution’s commitment to promoting the impact and outcomes of the nominee’s achievements, and the quality of the strategy for doing so.

Award funds are to be used for activities that promote and extend the work being honoured. In recognition of the crucial role that postsecondary institutions play as researchers’ knowledge mobilization partners, a minimum of 10 per cent of each award must to be used to promote the research achievements of the recipient. Individual recipients and their institutions may choose to devote additional funds, including a higher percentage of the award funds, to these activities.

A multidisciplinary jury made up of distinguished individuals from academia, as well as the private, not-for-profit and public sectors, from Canada and abroad, will select award recipients using the three weighted selection criteria outlined above.

The nomination deadline for The Faculty of Graduate Studies to receive nominations from departments is March 1, 2017.  

Please contact Danielle Pottie at FGS.SLO@dal.ca or 494-6246 as soon as possible if you wish to have more information about the nomination and selection process. 

Please visit the SSHRC website for more information.