AMS Doctoral Completion Award


The AMS Doctoral Completion award exists to support full-time dissertation writing leading to dissertation completion for a doctoral student in the humanities or social sciences, writing on a history of medicine/health care topic.

Application Process
Review Process
Assessment Criteria
Resources and Assistance



To apply for an AMS Doctoral Completion Award, the Principal Investigator (PI) must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident AND:
  • have completed all requirements for the PhD except the dissertation (i.e. obtained ABD status) by the application deadline
  • be writing on a history of medicine/health care topic
  • expect to complete the dissertation within one year upon commencement of the award
  • have not received a doctoral completion award in the past

Special Eligibility


  • Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible. Individuals who are seeking to hold their awards outside of Canada must provide proof of Canadian Citizenship or Canadian Permanent Residency.
  • The AMS stipend must be larger than any other single award or remunerative position received during the award year and must be acknowledged as the major award.
  • Doctoral Completion Award recipeints cannot hold concurrent fellowships or grants for the purpose of supporting their final year of writing or completing the dissertation.
Funding Amount and Duration
  • A $25,000 stipend
  • The awards may begin on the first of any month between September 1, 2019 and September 1, 2020 and cannot be longer than one year in duration.
Dates and Deadlines
Application Available in the GMS:  February 4, 2019
Application Deadline:  May 2, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. (AT)
Results Available:  July 2019
Funds Available:  September 2019


Application Process

Step 1:  Confirm Eligibility

Consider whether you meet the eligibility criteria (outlined above).

If applicants have any questions about their eligibility, they are encouraged to contact the Manager, Research Programs before submitting an application.

Step 2:  Review 

Carefully review the 2019-20 Doctoral Completion Application Requirements (PDF): detailed information on this grant opportunity. Be sure to fulfill all application requirements.

Institution Agreement Form: The form must be filled out and included with your application.

Step 3:  
Register in 
the Grants Management
System (GMS)

Applications must be submitted through NSHRF's online Grants Management System (GMS).

To access the application in GMS, the applicant (the Principal Investigator (PI)) must create an account. For step-by-step instructions for creating an account, please click here.

*Please note that the GMS is only available in English, though submission may be made in French. Applications will be translated for review in English.

Step 4: Complete Application

To apply, login to GMS to access the application, where information will be either entered directly in GMS or uploaded as PDF documents.

Be sure to upload a scanned or electonic copy of the completed Institution Agreement Form.

More information about these steps is outline in the Application Requirements.


Review Process

  1. NSHRF Staff will assess applications to determine whether they are complete and meet the eligibility criteria.
  2. A peer review panel will review applications in accordance with NSHRF's peer review guidelines and the AMS Doctoral Completion Award Assessment Criteria outlined below.

Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used by the peer review committee to assess AMS Doctoral Completion Award applications:

Completion Feasibility (yes/no)
  • The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work (and complete dissertation) within the proposed time frame. A "no" proposal will not be scored further.
Dissertation Contribution (50%)
  • The potential of the project as an original and significant contribution to the history of medicine/health care. No further scoring of a "no" score.
Proposal Quality (35%)
  • The quality of the proposal in communicating the quality of the thesis, its significance, its originality, scholarly rigor and relevance.

Applicant Competency (15%)

  • The applicant's record of scholarly engagement and potential for scholarly achievement.


Resources and Assistance

Grants Management System (GMS) Support 

Please click here to download a step by step guide for applicants outlining how to navigate the Grants Management System. 

For technical questions regarding the GMS (including password resets, system navigation), contact the NSHRF Helpdesk at 902-424-4043 or

Please allow 1-2 business days for a response.

Canadian Common CV (CCV) Support

Looking for your CCV/NSHRF PIN? Your PIN is the email address you used to register with GMS. 

Please click here to download a step by step guide for validating your PIN and submitting your CCV. 

For technical questions regarding the CCV (including password and account resets, PINs, CCV submission, etc.), contact the CCV Centralized Helpdesk at 1-888-603-4178 or