|Value||CGS M: $17,500 (for one year)
PGS M: $17,300 (for one year)
CGS D: $35,000 a year (for two or three years)
PGS D: $21,000 a year (for two or three years)
(through a Canadian university)
|Set by university|
(directly to NSERC)
|How to Apply||See below|
|Application Form||Form 201 – Application for a Postgraduate Scholarship or Postdoctoral Fellowship
To create or access an application, select On-line System Login. To view forms and instructions, select PDF Forms and Instructions.
|Contact||View the Contact Directory|
Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) provide financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in master's or doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering. The CGS will be offered to the top-ranked applicants at each level (master’s and doctoral) and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered an NSERC PGS. This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies and seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields. NSERC encourages interested and qualified Aboriginal students to apply.
Since total NSERC scholarship support is limited to a maximum of four years full-time equivalence, scholars are encouraged to complete their studies in an expeditious manner.
To be considered eligible for support, as of the application deadline date, you must:
You are not eligible to receive scholarship support while you are in a qualifying year of study.
For degree programs you have completed, provide the date on which all the requirements of your degree were met, including the 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. The Scholarship Liaison Officer may be asked to confirm the date the degree requirements were met.
Note: You may submit only one application per year to one granting agency (NSERC or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research [CIHR] or the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council [SSHRC]).
There are four types of scholarships available through the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships programs: CGS M, PGS M, CGS D and PGS D.
|CGS M Value: $17,500 (for one year)||PGS M Value: $17,300 (for one year)|
These scholarships are for a maximum duration of 12 months.
In evaluating your eligibility, NSERC will consider all studies counted towards the graduate degree for which funding is requested, whether completed at the degree-granting institution or not. NSERC will count two sessions of part-time study as one session of full-time study.
To hold these awards you must:
Note: CGS/PGS M support will not extend beyond the 28th month of your master's program.
|CGS D Value: $35,000 per year||PGS D Value: $21,000 per year|
These programs offer support for 24 months or 36 months.
Note: If you entered your doctoral program directly from your bachelor’s degree and have completed between four and 12 months of studies in the doctoral program, you may be eligible to apply for a PGS M or for a PGS D. Applying for a PGS M, if you are eligible, will maximize your potential period of funding. You are responsible for choosing the type of award for which you apply.
To be eligible to apply:
In the evaluation of your eligibility, NSERC will consider all studies counted toward the graduate degree for which funding is requested, whether completed at the degree-granting institution or not. NSERC will count two sessions of part-time study as one session of full-time study.
If you registered in a master’s degree and subsequently transferred to a doctoral degree, the months in the doctoral degree will be calculated starting from the date on which you were officially registered in your PhD program.
You will be eligible for only a two-year CGS/PGS D, if:
To hold these awards, you must:
Note: CGS/PGS D support will not extend beyond the 52nd month of your doctoral program (64th month if you were admitted to the doctoral program directly from your bachelor’s program).
Scholarship support for graduate studies through NSERC is limited to a lifetime maximum of four years (48 months) of full-time equivalency. NSERC will include any graduate-level scholarship funding provided by SSHRC and CIHR in the calculation of previous funding support.
If you have had up to 12 months of support at the M level (through an IPS 1,* PGS M, CGS M) you are eligible for a maximum of 36 months of support at the D level (through an IPS 2,* PGS D, CGS D or Vanier CGS D) providing you meet the other eligibility criteria for those programs (months of study, etc.).
If you have had between 12 and 24 months of support at the M level (through an IPS 1,* PGS A, PGS M + PGS M extension or CGS M + PGS M extension), you are eligible for a maximum of 24 months of support at the D level (through a 24-month IPS 2,* CGS D or PGS D) providing you meet the other eligibility criteria for those programs (months of study, etc.).
Note the following exceptions to this rule:
CGS and NSERC PGS are also available to those who are restricted to part-time studies for reasons of disability or family responsibility.
For eligible part-time students, the stipend will be the equivalent of a full-time award spread over a longer period of time. All other CGS/PGS regulations will apply.
Without exception, these awards are tenable only at eligible Canadian universities.
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.
To apply for these scholarships, you must complete and submit an Application for Postgraduate Scholarship or Postdoctoral Fellowship on-line (Form 201). Read the instructions on how to complete Form 201.
There is a single application and selection process for the CGS and the NSERC PGS. The top-ranked applicants at each level, master’s and doctoral, will be offered a CGS, and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered an NSERC PGS.
If you are offered a CGS, but decide to take your award to an eligible foreign university and are eligible to do so, you must decline the CGS and accept a PGS award in its place.
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.
The table below presents various possibilities and explains where to submit your application. The table does not display all the possibilities. If you are unsure about how you should apply, contact NSERC email@example.com.
Note: If you applied directly to NSERC when you were required to apply through a Canadian university, your application will be deemed ineligible and rejected.
Registration Status at Time of ApplicationNote: The term “degree program” corresponds to all degree programs and not only those in the natural sciences and engineering.
|Where to Submit Application|
|You are currently registered at (or were registered at during the year of application), or are on an approved leave of absence from, a Canadian university in a degree program.||The Canadian university at which you are currently or were registered, or from which you have taken an approved leave of absence|
|You are currently registered at a foreign university.||Directly to NSERC|
|You are not currently registered at a university; or are registered, but not in a degree program; and have graduated from a degree program from a Canadian university since January 1 of this year.||The Canadian university from which you graduated in the last 12 months|
|(If none of the preceding options apply to you, only then may you consider the following.)|
|You are not currently registered at a university; or are registered, but not in a degree program; and have graduated from a degree program prior to January 1 of this year.||Directly to NSERC|
There are different application deadlines to keep in mind.
If you are applying through your university, there is an internal deadline that your department sets for receiving applications. It would be the earliest of the deadlines, since the department will review applications before passing them along.
If you are applying through your university, the next deadline is the date when the university Faculty (School) of Graduate Studies must receive your application through the NSERC On-line System. The university will review all applications received from the departments, rank them and then send recommended applications to NSERC. The university is responsible for notifying you if your application is not forwarded to NSERC. For more information about departmental and university application deadlines, contact your current or former department, or the Faculty (School) of Graduate Studies.
Incomplete applications will be rejected.
With the exception of personal contact information, NSERC will not accept any changes or updates to your application after it has been submitted. Personal contact information may be updated by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NSERC scholarship liaison officer at each Canadian university is responsible for coordinating the university review of CGS and NSERC PGS applications. The university review committee evaluates each master's and doctoral scholarship application within one of the following broad discipline categories that correspond to the S&F selection committees:
The university then submits to NSERC lists of applicants it recommends for a scholarship. Each university is assigned an overall quota of scholarship applications that it may forward to NSERC. It is up to each university to decide how it will distribute the quota (i) between master's and doctoral scholarship applicants; and (ii) among the categories listed above.
NSERC scholarships and fellowships selection committees review all applications they receive (whether sent directly to NSERC or through the university review process). The committees recommend scholarships for the applicants they consider to have the best qualifications, according to the selection criteria described in the following section and within the limit of available awards.
CGS/PGS applicants are evaluated and selected according to the criteria in the following categories:
|Selection Criteria Weightings|
|CGS/PGS M (percent)||CGS/PGS D (percent)|
|Research ability or potential||30||50|
|Communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities||20||20|
Julie Payette-NSERC Research Scholarships are the most prestigious Postgraduate Scholarships offered to 24 of the top-ranked CGS/PGS M candidates. Winners must not only display a first-class academic average, but should also demonstrate outstanding research ability and potential, excellent leadership skills and a broad range of outside interests. These awards are selected during the course of the regular Scholarships and Fellowships competition and are distributed proportionally to the number of applicants reviewed by the discipline-based committees.
The NSERC André Hamer Postgraduate Prize Master’s Level is offered to four of the most outstanding CGS recipients at the master's level. The prize is presented to the awardees in addition to their existing CGS M, and the recipients are selected from the pool of the top CGS M applicants who intend on conducting their research at a Canadian university.
The NSERC André Hamer Postgraduate Prize Doctoral Level is offered to the most outstanding Canadian or permanent resident and Vanier CGS recipient who has applied through NSERC. The prize is presented to the awardee, in addition to their existing Vanier CGS.
NSERC notifies applicants whose applications were submitted to NSERC of the results by mail by March 31. NSERC will not provide results by telephone or e-mail. If you move after submitting your application, please inform NSERC by sending an e-mail to email@example.com no later than March 1. You can also get the results from the Faculty (School) of Graduate Studies at your university.
NSERC will publish the names (and other basic award information) of scholarship recipients on its Web site. For more information, refer to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.
Please refer to the appropriate Award Holder's Guide for policies and requirements about holding the award, such as the acceptance, start date, deferment, paid parental leave, holding the award on a part-time basis, etc.