SSHRC Aid to Scholarly Journals Fall 2021


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the SSHRC Aid to Scholarly Journals website for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


The Aid to Scholarly Journals grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program. They support Canadian scholarly dissemination by offering a contribution to enable journals to explore innovative activities as well as to help them to defray the costs associated with publishing scholarly articles, digital publishing and journal distribution on Canadian not-for-profit platforms.

Aid to Scholarly Journals grants are meant to:

  • increase dissemination, discoverability and readership of original research results in the social sciences and humanities through Canadian scholarly journals;
  • leverage significant federal investments in digital scholarly publishing infrastructure;
  • assist journals as they seek to take advantage of developments in digital technologies and innovative practices; and
  • encourage the transition to open access models of publishing.


The applicant must:

  • be the editor-in-chief of the journal or, in the case of an editorial collective, one of the editors;
  • be a faculty member of an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution; and
  • assume responsibility for the grant.

A journal is ineligible for funding under this funding opportunity if:

  • its mandate and/or content is primarily focused outside of discipline(s) within SSHRC’s mandate; and/or
  • its content is primarily health-related and focused on clinical research and education, psychomotor research and kinesiology, counselling and therapy, and epidemiology.

Note: Multidisciplinary journals that publish articles outside of SSHRC’s mandate are eligible to apply for Aid to Scholarly Journals funding, provided that their mandate and publications fall primarily within SSHRC’s mandate. If a multidisciplinary journal has been deemed eligible and is successful in the Aid to Scholarly Journals competition, the level of funding awarded will be adjusted to reflect the percentage of its articles devoted to social sciences and humanities content.

Proposals can involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding. See the guidelines on subject matter eligibility for more information.

Maximum Project Value

$30,000 per year - maximum $90,000 per grant

The value of the grant will be calculated on the basis of a fixed rate for each approved, peer-reviewed scholarly article (see Definitions below) to be published during each year of the grant period.

There are two per-article rates:

  • $1,050 for journals that offer immediate open access or delayed open access with an embargo period of 12 months or less, and do not charge article processing charges (APCs); and
  • $850 for journals that offer immediate open access but charge APCs.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

up to three years

Special Notes

COVID-19: Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.

FAQ's: Aid to Scholarly Journals Frequently Asked Questions,


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

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit a copy of the complete application along with an OR5 form to:

Applicant must also hit ‘Submit’ on the SSHRC portal on or before the internal deadline for your application to be considered 'on time'.

External Deadline

Applications will be submitted electronically by the Office of Research Services via the online SSHRC application portal.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the application form in accordance with application instructions.

For Questions, please contact

Tel.: 613-996-6976

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x52832

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