NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships
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.
- 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.