NSERC’s policies include a number of provisions for grant, scholarship and fellowship holders who take family-related leave or medical leave. These provisions apply only to leave taken in accordance with the policies in place at the award holder’s institution.
Holders of NSERC Discovery Grants or other grants who plan to take family-related leave or medical leave may be able to extend their funding. Depending on the grantee’s circumstances, the options include:
More details can be found in the Maternity, Parental, Medical or Family Medical Leave for Grantees section of the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide. Grantees applying for extended funding will also need to refer to the Checklist for Maternity, Parental, Medical or Family Medical Leave for Grantees.
Students and fellows who are paid out of an NSERC grant, and those receiving awards directly from NSERC, are eligible to receive up to four months of paid parental leave. They may also be eligible to defer their award or take an unpaid leave of absence related to maternity, child rearing, illness or health-related family responsibilities, provided their university permits such leaves. See the Paid Maternal and Parental Leave for Students and Postdoctoral Fellows section of the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide or the Interruption of an Award section of the Award Holder’s Guide for students and fellows.
The following forms may need to be completed: