Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Storytellers Challenge 2022

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Storytellers Challenge 2022

Deadline: January 24, 2022

Applications are open for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Storytellers Challenge 2022. The SSHRC Storytellers Challenge asks post-secondary students to show Canadians, in up to three minutes or 300 words, how social sciences and humanities research is affecting our lives, our world and our future for the better.

Tell them about a great SSHRC-funded project happening at your post-secondary institution. Your story must be compelling, creative and clear.


  • The top 25 submissions receive $3,000.
  • The top 25 finalists attend a special research communications workshop and present their stories to a distinguished jury, for a chance to be a final five winner and win an additional $1,000.
  • The final five winners are unveiled at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, in May 2022.


  • Applicant must be a Canadian resident, 19 years of age or older.
  • Must be enrolled at a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Create a three-minute video or audio clip, or 300-word text or infographic.
  • Submit original work featuring SSHRC-funded research carried out at the institution at which you are enrolled at the time of submission.


Before you begin your application, here are few tips:

  • Focus: Ask yourself: What is the most important information people need to know about this research?
  • Talk to everyone: Use common language. Avoid jargon. Use analogies and images from everyday life. Come up with a short, attention-grabbing title.
  • Make it relatable: People (including judges!) are interested in things that affect them personally. Show and tell how this research might matter to them.
  • Show and tell: Think of a gripping start to your entry that will grab attention in the first few seconds or words. Use compelling visuals wherever you can.

The deadline to submit your story is Monday, January 24, 2022, 5p.m. (Eastern Time).

Click here to apply

For more information, visit SSHRC Storytellers Challenge.