Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)
Coherent control of ultrafast dynamics of materials studied with time and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy
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.
Applications to the PGS D program will automatically be considered for the 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.
Fall 2020 competition deadlines:
To be eligible to apply, an applicant must:
Number of months
Eligibility for PGS D/CGS D is based on the number of months of full-time study in the degree for which you are requesting funding by December 31 of the calendar year of application. Two terms of part-time study count as one term of full-time study.
Note: In general, the agencies count all studies toward the doctoral degree for which funding is requested, whether or not they were completed at the degree-granting institution.
Fast-track and joint programs
For those registered in a master’s program and subsequently transferred to a doctoral program (fast-track), the months of study completed are calculated starting from the date on which an applicant transfers into the doctoral program.
For those registered in a doctoral program, if a master’s degree is obtained as part of the program (for example, MA/PhD), the months of study are still calculated starting from the date on which an applicant is officially registered in the joint program (including the master’s portion of the program).
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 (the NSERC PGS D shares eligibility criteria with the CGS D).
Complete evaluation criteria are available on the CGS-D program page (the NSERC PGS D shares evaluation criteria with the CGS D).
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 2020 must complete the NSERC online application by Tuesday, 15 September 2020 at 12:00 pm PDT. 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 by the application deadline.
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 4:00 pm PDT on Friday, 9 October 2020.
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. Results are announced in April each year.