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Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral

Scholarship at a glance

Deadline: October 1
Value: Up to $35,000 per year for up to three years
Scholarship type: Entrance or in-program
Degree level: Doctoral
Available to: Canadian students

CGS D website

Description

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).

Doctoral applications to Tri-Agency funding occurs in the fall of each year, with applications being subject to both departmental and university-level review.

SSHRC, CIHR and NSERC doctoral competitions each have their own eligibility and application requirements. This may include specific priority research areas for each funding body which may change year-over-year. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to review funding opportunity announcements, award criteria and application preparation documentation available on each respective site.

The award duration and value varies by agency and award level.  Please review the website for each funding agency to learn more.

NSERC PGS-D/CGS-D internal application submission/review process

Applicants are expected to review NSERC’s application instructions in detail.

NSERC applicants must obtain official electronic copies of their transcripts, whenever possible, and submit them with your Tri-Agency Doctoral application in FGS’s online Scholarship Management Platform . You must submit your NSERC application (NSERC On-Line System) and your transcripts (Scholarship Management Platform) before the October 1st deadline.   

Submitted applications will be downloaded by FGS, evaluated for completeness, and linked with the Tri-Agency Doctoral application in FGS’s Scholarship Management Platform.

The Scholarships Liaison Officer will link the transcripts to your application. You must enter the Scholarships Liaison Officer’s information within the NSERC Research Portal as the designated individual to upload their transcript. For the 2021/2022 competition, the individual is Niki Power (fgs.slo@dal.ca).

Complete applications will be sent to departments for review. Departments typically have up to one week to complete the review process, and may request for students to provide PDF copies of their applications in advance of the student submission deadline for additional review/feedback.

Applications supported at the department level are returned to FGS and forwarded to university-level review committees, which evaluate submitted applications based on Tri-Agency criteria and recommend which applications move forward to the national competition. University-level rankings may also be used to identify prospective candidates for additional internal awards.

CIHR Doctoral Research Awards (DRA/CGS-D) internal application submission/review process

Applicants are expected to review CIHR’s application instructions in detail.

Note that CIHR applicants upload their own official transcripts in accordance with very specific guidelines available on the above noted application instructions site.

Submitted applications will be downloaded by FGS, evaluated for completeness, and linked with the Tri-Agency Doctoral application in FGS’s Scholarship Management Platform.  This will then be used to distribute the applications to departments for review. Departments typically have up to one week to complete the review process, and may request that students provide PDF copies of their applications in advance of the student submission deadline.

Applications supported at the department level are returned to FGS and forwarded to university-level review committees, which evaluate submitted applications based on Tri-Agency criteria and recommend which applications move forward to the national competition. University-level rankings may also be used to identify prospective candidates for additional internal awards.

Applicants intending to pursue studies at Dal are also strongly encouraged to participate in the Harmonized Scholarship Process.

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and CGS-D internal application submission/review process 

Applicants are expected to review SSHRC’s application instructions in detail.

Note that SSHRC applicants upload their own official transcripts in accordance with very specific guidelines available on the above-noted application instructions site.

Submitted applications will be downloaded by FGS, evaluated for completeness, and linked with the Tri-Agency Doctoral application in FGS’s Scholarship Management Platform.  This will then be used to distribute the applications to departments for review. Departments typically have up to one week to complete the review process, and may request for students to provide PDF copies of their applications in advance of the student submission deadline.

Applications supported at the department level are returned to FGS and forwarded to university-level review committees, which evaluate submitted applications based on Tri-Agency criteria and recommend which applications move forward to the national competition. University-level rankings may also be used to identify prospective candidates for additional internal awards.

Applicants intending to pursue studies at Dal are also strongly encouraged to participate in the Harmonized Scholarship Process.

Acceptance of awards

Tri-Agency Doctoral awards (CGS-D or PGS-D) may be taken up in May, September or January in the year following the competition provided the student meets all eligibility criteria for the award. 

  • For CIHR awards, offers must be accepted or declined by completing the Response to Offer task in ResearchNet and other required steps, if applicable.

  • For NSERC and SSHRC awards, award recipients must accept or decline by sending an email to the appropriate program contact, stating whether you accept or decline, and confirming the start date.

Doctoral students wishing to activate a Tri-Agency award in May must submit a copy of the Notice of Award and a completed and signed Request for First Installment form to fgs.slo@dal.ca as soon as possible to avoid delays in payment, and should consult with their department on the impact this might have on other department-level funding over the summer. 

Doctoral students wishing to activate the Tri-Agency award in September/January must provide this documentation to fgs.slo@dal.ca by May 31st to avoid delays in payment in the fall or winter. 

Note that students who are eligible for president awards can only hold the award while Killam-D or Tri-Agency Doctoral funding is active.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. 

  • As of December 31 of the year you are applying for the scholarship, you must have completed no more than 24 months of full-time study in your doctoral program if previously enrolled in a master’s program. 

  • Requirements vary if you are enrolled in a joint master’s/PhD program (such as MD/PhD) or if you enrolled in a PhD program directly from a bachelor’s program (with no time spent in a master’s program). Visit the Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral Program website for complete eligibility requirements. 


Application overview

  • SSHRC, CIHR and NSERC doctoral competitions each have their own eligibility and application requirements. This may include specific priority research areas for each funding body which may change year-over-year.

  • Applications must be submitted through the respective Tri-Agency portal. To facilitate the internal review process, you are also required to create a Tri-Agency Doctoral application in FGS’s online Scholarship Management Platform. This application is for internal purposes only and does not replace your Tri-Agency application.

  • Please see above for detailed guidelines on the application process for each of the three competitions.