Form 201 - Instructions
Scholarships and Fellowships Programs
Application for a Postgraduate Scholarship or Postdoctoral Fellowship
About the Program
Important: Form 201 must be submitted electronically.
Read the program description in the Program Guide for Students and Fellows before you complete the application.
Who Completes the Application
Use Form 201 if you are applying for:
If you are interested in an Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS), apply for a PGS. There is no separate application form or process for the CGS program. The highest-ranked PGS applicants will automatically be considered by NSERC for a CGS.
How you apply depends on your status at the application deadline date and/or your registration status in the year of application. You must apply either through a Canadian university or directly to NSERC.
Apply directly to NSERC.
If you are contacting former institutions to obtain transcripts and supporting documents, including the Reports on the Applicant, please remember that it may take time for them to provide you with the information you need for your application. It is advisable to plan ahead. Make sure you allow enough time before the application deadline.
If you apply directly to NSERC, your application must be received at NSERC by 8:00 p.m. (ET) on the deadline date.
If you submit your application directly to NSERC, NSERC will acknowledge receipt of your application by e-mail. If your application is submitted through the university, the status of your application will be reflected on the Portfolio page of your application.
In each page of the on-line application you will find instructions and tips on how to complete your application. Some of the sections require “free form” text and must be converted to Portable Document Format (PDF) and appended electronically to the application.
You are responsible for submitting a complete application that conforms to the presentation standards established by NSERC. Incomplete applications will be rejected. Applications that do not meet presentation standards may be rejected, or be at a disadvantage, in comparison with those that respect the presentation standards.
With the exception of personal contact information, NSERC will not accept any changes or updates to your application once it has been submitted. Personal contact information may be updated by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, read the NSERC On-line Presentation and Attachment Standards.
The collection, use and disclosure of personal information provided to NSERC is outlined in the following policy statements:
The information you provide in your application is collected under the authority of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Act. NSERC is subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. The information you provide is stored in a series of NSERC data banks described in Info Source.
Help with Program Information
Help with the NSERC On-line System
Title of proposal
The title will be used for publication purposes. It should describe the subject of the research for which you are seeking support. It should not contain a company or trade name. Spell out scientific symbols and acronyms.
Proposed starting date of award
Indicate the date on which you plan to take up the award if your application is successful. See the Program Guide for Students and Fellows for details.
Personal Identification Number (PIN)
All NSERC applicants have received, or will receive, an NSERC PIN. Refer to your PIN each time you apply for an award and in future correspondence with NSERC. If you have not previously applied to NSERC leave the field blank. If you have previously applied to NSERC and do not remember your PIN, contact the On-line Services Helpdesk. Return to the eConsole page, select Maintain User Profile and enter your PIN. It will then appear on the Person Profile page of the application.
NSERC asks applicants to provide data on their gender and linguistic capability on a purely voluntary basis. This data is not seen or used in NSERC peer review processes. It is used for statistical purposes, and may be used to identify prospective NSERC peer reviewers.
Applicants to some NSERC programs are invited to indicate, on a voluntary basis, whether they are disabled, or belong to a visible minority group. This data is only used by NSERC for statistical purposes.
Applicants to most NSERC scholarship and fellowship programs are invited to indicate, on a voluntary basis, whether they are Aboriginal. Although this data is not seen by NSERC award selection committees, it may be used by NSERC to identify and give awards to Aboriginal applicants whose applications were judged to be meritorious, but which could not be initially recommended because of budget limitations.
If your current mailing address is temporary, please indicate the leaving date. If there is no leaving date indicated, this is the address to which NSERC will send all correspondence.
If you move after submitting your application, please inform NSERC by sending an e-mail to email@example.com no later than March 1.
Include only current and past programs. If you are currently enrolled in a fall program in the year of application, it must be included here. Do not include programs that you have not yet started. For degree programs you have completed, provide the date on which all requirements of the degree were met, including successful defence and submission of the corrected copy of your thesis (in accordance with your university's regulations). It is not the conferred or convocation date indicated on your transcript. Your School of Graduate Studies may be asked to confirm the date the degree requirements were met.
Consult the Eligibility Criteria for Students and Fellows for information on Eligibility of Program of Study. If you are registered, or intend to register, in a clinically-oriented program of study, you must ensure that you meet NSERC eligibility criteria at the time of application, otherwise your application will be rejected. If you are registered, or intend to register, in a joint program which includes a professional degree (e.g., MD/PhD), your application will be ineligible.
If you began a master’s degree and transferred to a doctoral degree without completing the master’s, indicate this by selecting the appropriate field. For your doctorate, the start date will be the date on which you were first officially registered in a PhD program.
If you have more than one bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, indicate the natural sciences and engineering degree in the area of research for which you are applying for funding in the appropriate Type of degree section, specifying “Bachelor’s”, “Master’s” or “Doctorate,” and indicate the other degree in the Other degree section.
Under “Name of discipline,” indicate the complete, exact title of your Program of study (e.g. PhD in Psychology – Cognitive Psychology).
For those applying through a Canadian university: This page of the application must be completed before you invite the individual (designated by the Office of Graduate Studies at your institution) to scan and upload your transcripts.
ACADEMIC, RESEARCH AND OTHER RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE
Indicate if you gained the experience during the course of a program of study.
Scholarships and other awards offered
List only competitive awards based on academic or research excellence and/or leadership or communication abilities. Include NSERC awards and declined awards. You may list up to 10 awards, starting with the most recent.
PROPOSED LOCATION(S) OF TENURE
Specify a maximum of three proposed locations of tenure. You may take up your PGS M or PGS D at any eligible Canadian university. You may also take it up at any eligible foreign university, provided you have received a previous degree in the natural sciences or engineering from a Canadian university.
Specify a maximum of three proposed locations of tenure. If your PhD was granted by an institution outside Canada, only locations of tenure within Canada will be considered.
Note for all postgraduate students: Under Program of study, indicate the complete, exact title of the proposed Program of study (e.g., PhD in Psychology – Cognitive Psychology). Consult the Eligibility Criteria for Students and Fellows for information on Eligibility of Program of Study. If you are registered, or intend to register, in a clinically-oriented program of study, you must ensure that you meet NSERC eligibility criteria at the time of application, otherwise your application will be rejected. If you are registered, or intend to register, in a joint program which includes a professional degree (e.g., MD/PhD), your application will be ineligible.
JUSTIFICATION FOR LOCATION OF TENURE
PDF applicants only
In the Scholarship/Fellowship Information page of your application, please indicate your choice by selecting the appropriate field.
If your application is judged meritorious, indicate if you wish to be considered for a Visiting Fellowship or an Industrial R&D Fellowship.
If you are proposing at least one location of tenure in the U.K., indicate if you wish to be considered for the Canada-U.K. Millennium Research Award Supplement.
Follow page instructions for detailed information on completing this section.
THESES COMPLETED OR IN PROGRESS
PGS D and PDF applicants only
In the Thesis Information page of your application, provide the full title and summary of your most recent thesis completed or in progress.
If you are applying for a postdoctoral award, describe your doctoral thesis in this section.
If you are applying for a doctoral award, describe your master’s thesis in this section. If you did not complete a master’s thesis, describe your honours thesis in this section. If you completed neither a master’s nor an honours thesis, you may describe one of your major research projects or papers in this section, or you may describe the work done to date on your doctoral degree. Do not repeat the information provided in the Outline of Proposed Research section.
KEYWORDS / RESEARCH SUBJECT CODE
Proposed Research Subject Code
In the Key Words/Research Subject Code page of your application, choose the research subject code that most closely corresponds to your proposed research. Consult the List of Research Subject Codes for Scholarships and Fellowships.
NSERC scholarships and fellowships selection committees cover a number of Research Subject Codes within a research discipline. Consult the List of Research Subject Codes for Scholarships and Fellowships. The Research Subject Code entered on the application will determine the selection committee in which the application will be evaluated. NSERC may assign the application to a different committee if it determines that the subject matter is more appropriate for another committee.
Note: For Animal Biology and Psychology applicants:
OUTLINE OF PROPOSED RESEARCH (Attachment)
In the Outline of Proposed Research page of your application, provide the requested information according to the guidelines and format standards outlined in the NSERC On-line Presentation and Attachment Standards. Ensure that the attachment is limited to one page.
Applicants must complete this section themselves.
Provide a detailed description of your proposed research project for the period during which you are to hold the award. Be as specific as possible. Provide background information to position your proposed research within the context of the current knowledge in the field. State the objectives and hypothesis, and outline the experimental or theoretical approach to be taken (citing literature pertinent to the proposal), and the methods and procedures to be used. State the significance of the proposed research to a field or fields in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE).
Your research must be part of an overall research program which lies in a field that NSERC supports. For awards held at universities, your research must be supervised by a faculty member whose own research program lies in a field that NSERC supports. In cases where the proposed research is deemed to fall within the mandate of either the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) or the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), NSERC will not accept the application. If you have received previous funding from NSERC, this does not mean that you are automatically deemed eligible for continued NSERC funding. As you advance in your studies, if the focus of your research changes from the natural sciences and engineering to the health or social sciences and humanities areas, you may no longer be eligible for NSERC support. For important information about the eligible fields of research, refer to the Eligibility Criteria for Students and Fellows.
Note: Proposals that include the use of methodologies, tools, techniques and knowledge from the NSE are not automatically considered eligible for NSERC support. The proposed research must clearly be intended to advance knowledge in the NSE.
PGS M applicants
Note: If you have not yet decided on a specific project, you must still provide a detailed description of a research project that interests you. You are not bound by this project. You may change your research direction or activities during the course of the award. Certain restrictions apply. (See the Award Holder's Guide.)
For uploading purposes, all the documents in this section must be saved into a single PDF file.
JUSTIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY OF PROPOSED RESEARCH (Attachment)
Complete this section if your research is in a discipline that falls under the mandate of more than one federal granting agency (e.g., psychology, management studies, geography, physical education, bio-medical engineering, health sciences, bioinformatics, biostatistics, etc.).
Describe the NSE research challenges of the project on which you propose to work during the tenure of your scholarship or fellowship. Clearly explain what you will be doing and why it should be considered research that is predominantly NSE (to a maximum of one page).
Points to consider:
Consult NSERC's Eligibility Criteria for Students and Fellows and carefully read the Selecting the appropriate federal granting agency and NSERC’s Eligibility Criteria sections for proposed research and programs of study.
Carefully read the Government of Canada’s guidelines on Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency. Particular attention should be given to the Government’s Guidelines for the Eligibility of Applications Related to Health and its Guidelines for the Eligibility of Applications in Psychology, if they are applicable to your research.
Eligibility of Applications Related to Health and its Guidelines for the Eligibility of Applications in Psychology, if they are applicable to your research.
For uploading purposes, all the documents in this section must be saved into a single PDF file.
CONTRIBUTIONS AND STATEMENTS (Attachment)
In the Contributions/Statements page of your application, provide the requested information according to the guidelines and format standards outlined in the NSERC On-line Presentation and Attachment Standards.
Given the page limits, be selective and summarize information where appropriate. You must provide information in the three sections listed below. The maximum number of pages that you are permitted to use in total, for all three sections, is:
Provide the required information using the specified headings below in the order indicated.
I. Contributions to research and development
Li, H., Applicant, X.X., and Kay, M. (1994) Protein-structure interactions in cell membranes. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 269: 1120-1124 (PhD work).
Note: PGS M applicants do not complete this section.
From the contributions listed in Part I, choose up to three that you judge to be your most significant contributions to research and development. Comment on the importance of these contributions to the research area.
For each contribution:
In this section, group your comments under the following headings:
For uploading purposes, all the documents in this section must be saved into a single PDF file.
If you are already registered in your proposed program of study at the time of application, you must submit a transcript for this program of study along with your application, regardless of the number of months completed in the program.
The transcripts must be uploaded and saved into a single PDF file. They must also be scanned as a black and white printed document, and whenever possible, in portrait style. You must include one copy of the legend located on the back side of each transcript. Do not scan the legend multiple times. The purpose of uploading the legend is to help the committees and NSERC understand the grading system at each university.
Up-to-date transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies must be scanned and uploaded, in the Transcripts - University page of your application, by the individual designated by the Office of Graduate Studies at your institution. You must enter the name and e-mail address of this individual on the Transcripts - University page of your application. Once the information is saved, an e-mail containing the appropriate links will be forwarded to this individual. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the designated individual at the university has an official and up-to-date transcript for all the degree programs listed under Academic Background. The status of the request can be verified on this page. Note: The Academic Background page of the application must be completed before you invite the individual (designated by the Office of Graduate Studies at your institution) to scan and upload your transcripts.
Up-to-date transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies must be scanned and uploaded by the applicant in the Transcripts - Direct page of the application. Transcripts must be those provided to you from the university, not a copy of the Web transcripts. At its discretion, when an individual is successful in the competition and accepts their award, NSERC may request official transcripts for verification purposes.
Up-to-date transcripts of doctoral studies must be scanned and uploaded to the application by the applicant in the Transcripts - Direct page of the application. Individuals who are successful in the competition and accept their award may be asked to provide the official, hard copy of these documents for verification purposes.
Each application submitted to NSERC must be accompanied by two Reports on the Applicant.
The reports must be completed by persons capable of making an informed assessment.
Note: The Report on the Applicant cannot be completed by a proposed supervisor unless that person is, or has been, your supervisor.
Contact your proposed referees to ensure they are willing to complete a report for you. In the Report on the Applicant page of your application, enter the names and e-mail addresses of each of the referees who will be completing a report, as well as the deadline on which you would like the report to be completed. Once the information is saved, an e-mail containing the appropriate links will be forwarded to the referee so that he or she may view your completed application and complete the report. The status of the request can be verified on this page.
This page offers the following functionalities:
Delete: Allows the applicant to delete a report.
Resend: Allows the applicant to send a reminder to the referee.
Unlock: Allows the applicant to unlock the report once it has been completed so changes can be made by the referee, if requested. Once unlocked, you must select the Resend function to resubmit the invitation with the appropriate link to the referee.
You will not be able to submit your application until these reports have been completed and submitted.
NSERC does not require original signatures on applications or other documents submitted electronically through its On-line System. The electronic submission of applications through this system represents approval and replaces the traditional “physical” or “wet” signatures.
Before you, as an applicant, submit your application to NSERC, you must read and agree to the following terms and conditions.
By submitting your application, you are certifying that:
By submitting your application, you are also confirming that, during tenure of the grant/award, you will comply with the terms and conditions of the grant/award.
Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information: You understand that maintaining public trust in the integrity of researchers is fundamental to building a knowledge-based society. By submitting any application, by linking your Personal Data Form (Form 100 or 103CV) as a co-applicant to an application, or by accepting funding from CIHR, NSERC and/or SSHRC, you affirm that you have read and you agree to respect all the policies of these agencies that are relevant to your research, including the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research. In case of a serious breach of agency policy, the agency may publicly disclose your name, the nature of the breach, the institution with which you were affiliated at the time of the breach and the institution with which you are currently affiliated. You accept this as a condition of applying for, or receiving, agency funding, and you consent to such disclosure. If you do not agree to the disclosure of your personal information, you cannot participate in this application.
Note: If you have any concerns about your ability to comply with the terms and conditions listed above, contact your institutional official or NSERC staff responsible for the program immediately. Do not agree to the terms and conditions and do not submit your application or Personal Data Form until you are certain that you can and will comply with all of the requirements.
Use the following list to make sure your application is complete.