Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Monitoring airborne spores of fungal pathogens to predict plant disease risk across Canada
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 (CGS-D) 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 deadlines:
To be eligible to apply, an applicant must:
Note: To be considered eligible for the PGS-D program, the applicant's proposed research must clearly lie within the natural sciences and engineering, rather than the health sciences. Applicants are encouraged to review NSERC's addendum to the guidelines for the eligibility of applications related to health, which provides examples of research subject matter that are eligible and ineligible for NSERC's funding support, in addition to NSERC's eligibility criteria for students and fellows and Tri-Agency's guidelines on selecting the appropriate federal granting agency.
Complete eligibility criteria are available on the CGS-D program page.
Complete evaluation criteria are available on the CGS-D program page.
The evaluation of NSERC doctoral award applications is based on the following criteria:
Students registered in a UBC degree program (or on an approved leave of absence from UBC) between 1 January and 31 December 2019 must complete the NSERC online application by Tuesday, 17 September 2019. Please follow the application instructions.
Affiliated Fellowships-Doctoral application: NSERC PGS-D applicants applying through UBC do not need to submit a separate Affiliated Fellowships-Doctoral application. To be considered for criteria-based Affiliated Fellowships, students should submit the criteria-based Affiliated Fellowships checklist to their graduate program.
Graduate programs review and rank the applications they receive, and forward their top applicants to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Nominations must be submitted by graduate programs to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by 4:00pm on Friday, 11 October 2019.
NSERC PGS-D applications are first reviewed and ranked by the applicant's UBC graduate program. The graduate program forwards a limited number of its top-ranked applicants to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, which oversees a university-wide adjudication. Adjudication committees composed of UBC faculty members review and rank nominated applications and select which applications will be forwarded to the national competition. UBC's nominees are forwarded to NSERC, which oversees a nation-wide competition that selects which NSERC doctoral scholarship applications will be funded.