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Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral (CGS-D) and Postgraduate Scholarships - Doctoral (PGS D)

http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/CGSD-BESCD_eng.asp, external link

The Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral (CGS D) program is a federal program of scholarships awarded through national competitions by the granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Agency-specific doctoral awards:

In addition to the CGS D, each agency has its own doctoral awards. Refer to the appropriate literature for CIHR, external link, NSERC, external link and SSHRC, external link for further details.

Meritorious CGS D applicants may also be eligible for agency-specific doctoral awards. Applicants complete and submit one application to be considered for both a CGS D scholarship and an agency doctoral award. CGS D scholarships are offered to top-ranked eligible applicants.

CIHR—Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards
NSERC—Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships
SSHRC—Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Ryerson University has an annual quota for NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC Doctoral awards

Transcripts for the fall 2020 scholarships and fellowships competitions

Canada’s three granting agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) – acknowledge that the widespread disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may hinder the ability of some institutions to provide applicants with official and up-to-date transcripts in advance of the deadline date, particularly at institutions which do not currently provide official electronic versions of these documents. Therefore, for the fall 2020 scholarships and fellowships competitions, the agencies will accept unofficial transcripts if official transcripts cannot be obtained.

Applicants should contact their faculty of graduate studies to determine whether an official transcript can be provided. Submission of an application will continue to serve as a formal attestation that the applicant has provided true, complete, and accurate information in the application and its related documents.

CGS-D Value: $35,000 per year for 36 months
Tenure: Canadian institutions Only

PGS-D Values:
NSERC: $21,000 per year for 36 months
SSHRC: $20,000 per years for 12, 24, 36, or 48 months

 

Application deadline (directly to agency): October 17

Ryerson internal deadline: October 1

Results announced: April

Objective

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral (CGS D) program is to promote continued excellence in Canadian research by rewarding and retaining high-calibre doctoral students at Canadian institutions. By providing support for a high-quality research training experience to awardees, the CGS D program strives to foster impacts within and beyond the research environment.

Description

The CGS D program supports high-calibre students engaged in doctoral programs in all academic disciplines. This support allows scholars to fully concentrate on their doctoral studies, to seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields and contribute to the Canadian research ecosystem during and beyond the tenure of their awards.  

Agency-specific doctoral awards

In addition to the CGS D, each agency has its own doctoral awards. Refer to the appropriate literature for CIHR, external linkNSERC, external link and SSHRC, external link for further details. Meritorious CGS D applicants may also be eligible for agency-specific doctoral awards. Applicants complete and submit one application to be considered for both a CGS D scholarship and an agency doctoral award (PGS D). CGS D scholarships are offered to top-ranked eligible applicants.

 

Applicant

To be eligible to apply, an applicant must:

  • 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 calendar year of application if previously enrolled in a master’s program
  • have completed no more than 36 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31 of the calendar year of application if enrolled in a joint program; for example, MD/PhD, MA/PhD
    • applicants who fall into this category have access to the 36-month window whether or not they were previously enrolled in a master’s program
  • have completed no more than 36 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31 of the calendar year of application if enrolled directly from a bachelor’s to a PhD program (with no time spent in a master’s program)
    • direct-entry applicants must be enrolled in their doctoral program at the time of application

Note: Applicants may be eligible to apply to the CGS M program, external link for their first year of doctoral funding.

Number of months

Eligibility for 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.

Notes:

Some eligibility requirements for CGS D differ from those of the agency-specific doctoral awards, external link.

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.

For information on doctoral awards tenable at foreign institutions, refer to the agency-specific doctoral awards, external link.

Indigenous Talent Measures, external link

For more detailed information visit: Canada Graduate Scholarship - Eligibility, external link

Selecting the appropriate agency

The CGS D program supports and promotes research excellence in a wide variety of disciplines and broad fields of health, natural sciences and engineering and social sciences and humanities, including interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research.

Applicants should complete the agency application that is best aligned with their research subject matter to ensure that it is reviewed by experts in disciplines closest to their field(s) of study.  For more information on selecting the appropriate federal granting agency, refer to science.gc.ca, external link.

To complete the application process, refer to the appropriate agency’s instructions.

PDF fileWhere to Submit an Application: Flowchart

Recipient profiles

2017 NSERC Doctoral Postgraduate Scholarship recipient

Kristin Maich

2017 SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship recipient

Gabriele Aroni

2016 SSHRC Doctoral Canada Graduate Scholarship recipient