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Impact of Covid-19 on the Canadian Academic Job Market in the Social Sciences and Humanities

For the time being, the Canadian academic job market has not been affected like other countries.

Responses adopted by the Government and the National Funding Agency

Canada will provide additional funding to eligible grant recipients. Up to $32.3 million is provided by the Government of Canada to address income challenges related to delays in research created by the Covid-19 pandemic.


  • Additional funding will play a critical role in ensuring continuity in research projects and programs. The funding will be provided before 30 September 2020.
  • The scholarship or fellowship holders, through the Canada Graduate Scholarships (Master’s, Doctoral and Vanier streams), Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, and agency-specific doctoral and postdoctoral programs, will be granted an extension. For eligible students and postdoctoral researchers whose research scholarship or fellowship ends between March and August 2020, support will be extended for an additional four months and fully funded. 
  • SSHRC recognizes that agency-funded research activities may be delayed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Academic institutions can immediately approve extension requests of up to 12 months to agency grants with an end date between 1 February, 2020, and 31 March 2021, inclusive. Researchers should contact their institutions to request an extension. This will have no impact on applications awarded in the fall 2020 competitions.


Banting Fellowships.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth. Fellowships are distributed equally among:


As a result of the impact of Covid-19 related activities and resulting pressures on the online system, the opening of the application portal has been delayed, from 1 June to 15 June, but the deadline for the application remains the same: 1 October 2020. (https://banting.fellowships-bourses.gc.ca/en/app-dem_overview-apercu.html#

Page last updated on 01 September 2020