SSHRC Special Response Fund for Trainees (Ukraine)

Program Link: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/srft-fsas-ukraine-eng.aspx

Sponsor: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Value: Support can be requested for a period of up to 12 months. The maximum allowable amounts are as follows:

Master’s level                     Up to $20,000

Doctoral level                     Up to $25,000

Postdoctoral level             Up to $45,000

Description: The Government of Canada has announced special funding, in the form of supplements to existing research grants, that will provide relief and assistance to research trainees from Ukraine.

The Special Response Fund for Trainees (Ukraine) is administered by Canada’s three federal research funding agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) – and provides support to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers directly impacted by the Russian regime’s invasion of Ukraine.

Specifically, this temporary funding will help trainees currently in Canada who were expected to return to Ukraine in 2022 but cannot due to the current crisis, as well as trainees currently in Ukraine who wish to continue their planned studies and research in Canada.

Active and eligible grant-holders can apply for this special supplement by completing and submitting a short application form. The fund will allow up to $20,000 for the master’s level, $25,000 for the doctoral level and up to $45,000 for the postdoctoral level and will be in the form of supplements for salaries and stipends that may extend for up to one year. Applications will be accepted using a continuous intake up to December 22, 2022.

Grant holders will be required to submit a short application form to SSHRC requesting funds to initiate or maintain the employment or financial support of a new or existing trainee. In this form, the grant holder attests that

  • the trainee will participate in research activities associated with the direct costs of this grant
  • the trainee is directly impactedFootnote* by the crisis in Ukraine
  • the trainee is not benefiting from other tri-agency funds for the same purpose
  • the trainee’s support would end or not be possible if the requested funds were not granted

Please see the webpage for a list of eligible programs and funding opportunities


Contact: If you have any questions, contact SRFT-FSAS@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca .