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How to Apply

NSERC has prepared video tutorials to summarize the process of applying for an award. These provide an overview only. For more detailed information, read the appropriate sections in the individual descriptions for undergraduate programs, postgraduate programs or postdoctoral programs. You should also read the specific instructions for the program to which you are applying.


Depending on the type of award you are seeking, there are a number of deadlines to keep in mind when you apply for support from NSERC.

Your application must be received at NSERC by 8:00 p.m. (ET) on the deadline date. If the deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday, your application must reach NSERC by the following working day. Most universities also have internal deadlines; contact your scholarship liaison office for those deadlines. Late applications will not be accepted.

Do you have a question about your application?

If you have a question or would like more information on your application, please contact:

Scholarships and Fellowships Division
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario  
K1A 1H5

Can you appeal a decision?

NSERC will consider reversing a decision only if there is compelling evidence of administrative error or discrimination in the review process. Appeals can be based only on information available in the application. NSERC must receive your appeal within two months of the date you received your notification of decision.

Privacy issues

NSERC protects the information and material that it receives from you. For information on privacy and confidentiality issues, see the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.

Who owns the rights to intellectual property from research?

NSERC does not retain or claim any ownership of, or exploitation rights to, intellectual property resulting from your NSERC funding. However, as NSERC's role includes promoting the use of knowledge to build a strong national economy and improving the quality of life of Canadians, every effort should be made to have the results of NSERC-funded research exploited in Canada, for the benefit of Canadians. You are encouraged to discuss intellectual property rights with all parties and organizations involved in the research.

Please see the Policy on Intellectual Property.

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