MINDS-SSHRC Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowships

Aboriginal Peoples
Arctic and Northern Regions
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources
Governance and Public Policy
Information and Communication Technology
Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: inquire with unit

Memorial Deadline: Friday 8th, September 2023

External Deadline: Wednesday 13th, September 2023


  • The Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) program of the Department of National Defence (DND) is committed to fostering the next generation of security and defence scholars in the Canadian academic community and to encouraging a strong Canadian knowledge base in contemporary defence and security issues. To this end, the MINDS program has partnered with SSHRC to deliver the MINDS Scholarship Initiative.

    This initiative offers research training awards and supplements to master’s and doctoral students and to postdoctoral researchers in the social sciences and humanities whose work is related to one or more of the MINDS Policy Challenges.

    Research areas

    For details on the research areas relevant to the MINDS Scholarship Initiative, applicants should consult the MINDS Policy Challenges, which represent key issue areas where DND and the Canadian Armed Forces could benefit from external expertise to challenge or complement their thinking.

    Critical research perspectives, which may challenge or invite a reformulation of the policy themes and terms outlined in the MINDS Policy Challenges, are welcome.

    The MINDS program is committed to reflecting key Government of Canada priorities in the work it delivers, ensuring the incorporation of Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+). GBA+ requires the incorporation of diverse viewpoints. This means that deliberate efforts should be made to mitigate unintended bias related to intersecting identity factors (including, but not limited to, age, gender, ethnicity, race, disability, religion and geographic region). Applying a GBA+ lens to research ensures the issue is considered from multiple perspectives, supporting more inclusive research questions and results.

  • The MINDS-SSHRC joint scholarship initiative offers a range of scholarships and fellowships designed to support research talent, including among Indigenous students. Multi-year funding is available for Doctoral ($35,000 per year) and Post-Doctoral students ($45,000 per year), with award supplements for Master’s students ($10,000). Full, one-year Master’s awards are available for Indigenous students whose studies relate to defence and security ($17,500). We encourage interested students to find further details on these scholarships by visiting the official SSHRC website at: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/dnd-minds-eng.aspx

Funding Sources

National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: August 30, 2023