NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships


Tuesday, 17 September 2019 at 12:00 noon PDT

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The NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships – Doctoral (PGS D) program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in an eligible doctoral program in the natural sciences or engineering. This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies and seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields.

Effective fall 2019, Canada’s three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC) have now harmonized the Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral program. Please visit the new CGS D Program page for the harmonized application process and timeline. Applications to the CGS D program will automatically be considered for NSERC's Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral (CGS D) award, which is offered to the top-ranked applicants. The next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered a PGS D award. The majority of information about the PGS D program is contained within the harmonized CGS D program description.

Fall 2019 competition timeline:

  • Online application portals will open in late July.
  • Procedures below will be updated in August.
  • Application deadline (through The University of British Columbia): Tuesday, 17 September 2019 at 12 PM (PDT)
  • Graduate program nomination deadline (to Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies): Friday, 11 October 2019 at 4 PM (PDT)


To be eligible to apply, an applicant must:

  • be enrolled in a program of study that includes a significant research component.
  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, as of the application deadline date;
  • have completed no more than 24 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31 of the year of application (no more than 36 months if transferred directly from Bachelors to a PhD; fast-tracked or enrolled in joint program, e.g., MD/PhD, MA/PhD);
  • submit only one doctoral award application in a given academic year. Nominations to the Vanier CGS program do not count towards this limit;
  • not have already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC.

Complete eligibility criteria are available on the CGS D Program page.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Research ability and potential: 50%
  • Relevant experience and achievements obtained within and beyond academia: 50%

Complete details (including description and indicators) are available on the CGS D Program page.

Profiles of Award Holders

John Driscoll

Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Fisheries and food security

Xunyu Liang

Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)
Dark matter in form of the axion quark nuggets

Caitlin Pritchard

Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology (MSc)
The role of cytoskeletal dynamics and organization in mast cell activation

Michelle Kwon

Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD)
Hormonal Regulation of Glucose Homeostasis

Arlo Adams

Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD)
Junction Turnover in Testis

Gabriel Smith

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
Neural Basis of Thought Movement
UBC graduate student Khaled Ahmed

Khaled Ahmed

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
Protecting Mobile Phone Users Against Malware

M. Ryan MacIver

Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering (PhD)
Structure and fluid transport in flocculated mineral sediments

Jennifer Brown

Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD)
Identification and elucidation of the roles of methylarginine-containing proteins in stress and aging in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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