Special Call for Tier 2 SSHRC CRC Applicants from Equity-Seeking Groups

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This is an internal search, open only to current tenure-track or tenured faculty members including those with a firm offer of tenured/tenure-track employment that takes effect by July 1, 2020.


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Canada Research Chairs


The University of Guelph invites applications for nomination to a Tier 2 SSHRC Canada Research Chair in all social science and humanities fields of study identified in the University’s Strategic Research Plan. Candidates must be tenure-track or tenured faculty members at the University of Guelph. Individuals who have a firm offer of tenured/tenure-track employment to the University that takes effect by July 1, 2020 are also eligible.

To address the under-representation of members of equity-seeking groups among our Chairholders, this initiative follows the provisions for a special program as described by the Ontario Human Rights Commission.  This opportunity is open only to exceptionally qualified individuals who self-identify as members of one or more of the four federally designated groups: women, visible minorities/racialized persons, persons with a disability, or Indigenous Peoples. The identification of outstanding candidates from the designated groups is central to the University’s commitment to excellence, as well as to its capacity to fulfill the objectives of the University’s Canada Research Chairs Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan.  

For more background relevant to this initiative, please see the 2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement​.  The addendum commits the CRC program to  increasing institutional targets for representation of the four federally designated groups to "reflect representation within the Canadian population" by 2029. 


Tier 2 Chairs are for emerging scholars, and the successful nominee should be within ten years of receiving their PhD, or Highest Degree. To meet the criteria of the program, nominees must be excellent emerging world-class researchers who have demonstrated particular research creativity; have demonstrated the potential to achieve international recognition in their fields in the next five to ten years; as Chairholders, have the potential to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers; and be proposing an original, innovative research program of high quality.

Applicants who are more than ten years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process.

This is an internal search, open only to current tenure-track or tenured faculty members including those with a firm offer of tenured/tenure-track employment that takes effect by July 1, 2020.

Maximum Project Value

For each Tier 2 Chair, the institution receives $100,000 annually for five years, with an additional $20,000 annual research stipend for first-term Tier 2 Chairs.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

How to Apply

Applications should include 1) a two-page letter of interest describing qualifications and research plans for the position; and 2) a curriculum vitae. If you are more than ten years from having earned your highest degree, please include an explanation of why you feel you qualify for a justification, as described in the link above.

All materials should be submitted to stratprg@uoguelph.ca by June 17. The review of applications will be conducted by the University's CRC Advisory Committee.  The final decision will be made by the Vice-President (Research) and the Provost.

Further information regarding nomination and eligibility criteria may be found here.


For Questions, please contact

Office of Research

Ailsa Kay, Manager, Strategic Research Programs
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x58321

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