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National Granting Agencies (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, & Vanier)

The federal tri-council agencies and their provincial counterparts are dedicated to the creation of new knowledge for the benefit of all Canadians. These agencies support university researchers, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies.


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) supports university-based research and training in science and technology. NSERC's vision is to help make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators in the supported research areas.

Please review the CGSM Information Session Slides [PDF - 1.5mb] for further information from NSERC on applying for the Tri-council CGS-M competition”


The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. SSHRC fosters the development of talented and creative people who become leaders across the private and public sectors.


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the federal agency responsible for funding health research in Canada. The 13 CIHR institutes share responsibility for excellence in the creation of new knowledge, services, products and a strengthened Canadian health care system.


The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by offering them a significant financial award to assist them during their studies at Canadian universities. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields. Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier Scholarship, which is valued at $50,000 per year for up to three years.

The Vanier CGS program reaffirms Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and education.