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The Government of Canada invests in the next generation of researchers across the country for a stronger and more equitable future

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November 16, 2022

The Government of Canada values Canada’s research community and proudly supports students and researchers in building a stronger, healthier, and more equitable future for Canada.

Recognizing and supporting the next generation of research talent in health, natural sciences and engineering, and social sciences and humanities ensures that these world-class talented scholars further develop their research skills and build global links under the mentorship of research leaders across Canada and internationally.

Today, the Government of Canada announced that the three federal research granting agencies, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), are investing $275 million in the latest cohort of scholarship and fellowship recipients.

Nearly 6,000 scholarships and fellowships have been awarded for research training under the following programs:

Examples of research topics being tackled by these students and new scholars include climate change, the future of global food security, Indigenous language revitalization, family resilience during COVID-19, neurodegenerative diseases, traumatic brain injuries, the ethics of artificial intelligence, water quality and manufacturing technologies.

Today’s recipients are leading their fields to explore the unknown and, despite the vast diversity of subjects, the destination is the same—creating a better tomorrow for all.

Awards and programs

  • The CIHR Doctoral Foreign Study Award (DFSA) provides special recognition and support to approximately ten students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field abroad. This award is valued at up to $35,000 per year for up to three years. Learn more about CIHR’s other health research training award programs.
  • The CIHR Fellowship Program provides support for highly-qualified candidates at the postdoctoral (post-PhD) or post-health professional degree stages to add to their experience by engaging in health research either in Canada or abroad. These fellowships are valued at up to $60,000 per year for up to five years.
  • The Canada Graduate Scholarships Master’s (CGS M) program helps develop research skills and assists in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. CGS M awards are valued at $17,500 for one year.
  • The Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral (CGS D) program supports and promotes research excellence in a wide variety of disciplines and broad fields of health, natural sciences and engineering, and social sciences and humanities, including interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research. This support allows scholars to fully concentrate on their doctoral studies, to seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields and to contribute to the Canadian research ecosystem during and beyond the tenure of their awards. 
  • The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements provide additional supplements of up to $6,000 to active CGS (master’s or doctoral) holders or eligible Vanier CGS holders to help offset the costs of undertaking research studies outside Canada for a defined period. The supplement supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global links and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad.
  • The Canada Graduate Scholarships to Honour Nelson Mandela are jointly administered by CIHR and SSHRC and are an honorary mention that applies for the duration of the CGS D award. They recognize and support graduate students conducting research in one or more of the five areas that Nelson Mandela championed during his lifetime: national unity; democracy, freedom and human rights; leadership; children’s participation in society; and children’s health. Each year, SSHRC awards the honour to up to ten CGS D recipients, and CIHR will award the honour to two CGS D recipients.
  • The NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides support to a core of the most promising researchers at a pivotal time in their careers. The fellowships are also intended to secure a supply of highly qualified Canadians with leading-edge scientific and research skills for Canadian industry, government, and institutions. NSERC encourages Indigenous researchers who are interested in the program to apply.
  • The SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships program support high-calibre students engaged in doctoral programs in the social sciences and humanities. This support allows scholars to fully focus on their doctoral studies, to seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields, and to contribute to the Canadian research ecosystem during and beyond the tenure of their awards.
  • The SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships support the most promising Canadian new scholars in the social sciences and humanities, and assist them in establishing a research base at an important time in their research careers. The purpose of these fellowships is to provide stipendiary support to recent PhD graduates who are undertaking original research, publishing research findings, developing and expanding personal research networks, broadening their teaching experience, preparing for research-intensive careers within and beyond academia, and preparing to become competitive in national research grant competitions.





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