This document relates to the following programs: Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (CGS D), NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (PGS D), and Postdoctoral Fellowships Program (PDF).
1. How and when can I apply for a PGS D or a PDF?
You must complete Form 201 using the On-line Services. Read the instructions carefully to ensure that the form is completed properly and that the required free-form attachments are provided. The on-line system is available for applications as of mid-August.
If you are interested in applying for a CGS D, you must apply for a PGS D. There is no separate application form (or process) for the CGS D Program. The highest-ranked PGS D applicants will automatically be considered by NSERC for a CGS D.
The correct channel for submission depends on your registration status as of the application deadline date and/or in the year of application. Refer to the How do you apply for a scholarship? section in the CGS D and NSERC PGS D program description for further information.
Most Canadian universities have two deadlines: a departmental deadline and a university deadline. These deadlines differ from one university to the other. Contact your Faculty of Graduate Studies (or its equivalent) to confirm the deadline date for submission of your application. University deadlines are different from the NSERC deadline as the universities must go through a selection process before they submit their applications to NSERC.
No. Applications sent directly to NSERC that should have been submitted through a Canadian university will be rejected. There are no exceptions.
No. NSERC will not approve an extension to the deadline date or time. There are no exceptions.
No. NSERC will ask award recipients for proof of citizenship or residency status upon acceptance of an award. However, you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada by the application deadline.
No. However, personal contact information may be updated by sending an email to email@example.com.
Yes. For the Outline of Proposed Research, you are entitled to one page including citations (PGS D and PDF). For the Contributions and Statements, you are entitled to two pages for the PGS D and four pages for the PDF. Note that the online system will not allow you to attach additional pages.
You must provide a detailed description of your proposed research project for the period during which you are to hold the award. Refer to the instructions for details on the Outline of Proposed Research.
Complete this section if your research has any link with, overlap, or relevance to health or social sciences and humanities. If there is even the slightest perceived overlap, you should probably fill it out. The completed justification must accompany your application at the time of application. Refer to the instructions for details on the Justification for Eligibility of Proposed Research.
Refer to the instructions for details on the Contributions to research and development.
No. All documents must be attached and your application must be verified for completeness on your Portfolio page by selecting the Verify button. Once you have verified successfully that the application is complete, the Submit button will appear and only then will you be able to submit your application.
Refer to the Transcripts section of the instructions. Applications that do not meet the requirements will be rejected.
The Submit button will not appear until you select Verify on your Portfolio page. Once your application is completed and verified successfully, the Submit button will appear and you will be able to submit your application.
You should contact your proposed references as early as possible to give them sufficient time to complete a report on your behalf; if they are unable to evaluate you as an applicant, you must find another reference. Ask them to complete and submit the report well in advance of the university or NSERC deadline, in case of delays.
No. NSERC will not approve an extension to the deadline date or time. There are no exceptions. It is your responsibility to ensure your completed application is submitted on time.
18. My reference is confirming that the Report on the Applicant has been completed; however, the status of the report in my application is showing Document Created. How can I confirm that it has been attached to my application?
If your reference has completed the report and the status on your Portfolio is not showing Completed, it means that your reference has not verified completeness by selecting Verify in their portfolio. You must contact the reference and ask that the report be verified in order for it to be attached to your application. Once the reference has verified the report successfully, the status of the report on your Portfolio will change to Completed.
When you unlock a report, it allows the reference to make changes. You must select the Resend function to resubmit the invitation to the reference. Ask your reference to make the required modifications and then verify and resubmit the report. The report's status will change to Document Completed once it is resubmitted. Note that unlocking the report does not allow you to view the report. Don't forget to Verify completeness in order for the Submit button to appear.