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Award Announcement: 2018-2019 NSERC CGS and PGS Doctoral Competition


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 11:59 pm - Wednesday, September 20, 2017 11:59 pm


See application details below.


Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral (PGS D) provide financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in a doctoral program within the natural sciences or engineering. This support allows these students to focus on their studies and to seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields.

Student submission deadline:  September 20, 2017
Value/Duration: PGS D – $21,000 per year for 2 or 3 years
  CGS D – $35,000 per year for 2 or 3 years
Level of Study: Doctoral
Required Legal Status: Domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)
Results: March 31, 2018, directly from NSERC via e-mail

Eligibility to Apply

In order to be eligible, applicants must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • hold, or expect to hold (at the time the award is taken up), a degree in science or engineering from a university whose standing is recognized by NSERC (if the applicant has a degree in a field other than science or engineering, NSERC may accept the application at its discretion);
  • intend to pursue, in the following year, full-time graduate studies and research at the doctoral level in an eligible program (see Eligibility Criteria) in one of the areas of the natural sciences and engineering supported by NSERC;
  • have obtained a first-class average (a grade of “A-“) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); and
  • must have completed, as of December 31 of the year of application, between zero and 24 months (between four and 36 months if admitted to the doctoral program directly from your bachelor’s program) of studies (full-time equivalent) in the doctoral program for which funding is requested.

Applicants are expected to review the full eligibility requirements as outlined on the NSERC website.

Eligible candidates may apply to both the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship program and agency-specific (CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC) doctoral-level scholarship/fellowships programs in the same academic year. However, eligible candidates must submit Vanier and agency-specific applications to the same federal granting agency, and must meet all eligibility criteria in order to be considered. For more information, please refer to the Vanier website.

Application Process

Students can access the application through NSERC’s On-line System Login. Students should refer to the PGS application instructions on NSERC’s website for detailed guidelines on how to complete Form 201 and the other application components. Students may submit an application to only one federal tri-council agency (NSERC, SSHRC or CIHR) in each competition year.

Completed applications include the following:

1.             Form 201

2.             Outline of proposed research

3.             Contributions and statements

4.             Justification for Eligibility of Proposed Research

5.             All up-to-date official academic transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)**

6.             Reports on the Applicant (two required)

7.             Appendices if appropriate

**The inclusion and completeness of each applicant’s transcripts is essential for NSERC to determine eligibility/confirm current registration, and is an integral part of the evaluation material reviewed by the selection committees. As such, students must order and provide official transcripts for programs of study in the fall session of the year of application (i.e. Fall 2017) even when no grades are available. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that transcripts are complete and legible once uploaded, even if a university official (graduate administrator) is responsible for uploading the transcripts.  Please have the official transcripts delivered to the attention of:

Kaki Narh Blackwood
Institute of Medical Science
University of Toronto
1 King’s College Circle, Room 2374
Toronto, ON M5S 1A8

NSERC has clarified its section of the guidelines for Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency to help applicants better identify the appropriate agency when applying for funding. Applicants with questions on subject matter eligibility or those whose subject matter touches upon health, should contact NSERC  with a one page summary of their research proposal in advance of submitting an application to seek clarification or a ruling. A new document, Addendum to the guidelines for the eligibility of applications related to health, with additional information and specific examples relating to subject matter eligibility, is now available.

Contacts & Resources

Online Tutorials for Students Available!

NSERC’s online tutorials for applicants are once again available on their website.  Tutorials may be viewed by students as they prepare their applications and can be found on NSERC’s website at NSERC PGS / CGS application tutorial

Full details are available at: NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program and Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program

For more information, please contact:
Graduate Awards Office
Tel.: 416-978-8260

Email: hanna.granovsky@utoronto.ca or graduate.awards@utoronto.ca
NSERC inquiries
Tel.: 613-995-5521
Email: schol@nserc-crsng.gc.ca