Fisheries and Oceans Canada Aquatic Science supplement

This supplement is available to you only if you are awarded an NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship – Doctoral (PGS D) or a Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral (CGS D).


Value $10,000
Application procedures See below

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The objective of the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Aquatic Science supplement is to:

  • support and encourage research in natural sciences and engineering by high-calibre doctoral students pursuing studies in areas of relevance to Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Ecosystems and Oceans Science Sector and to advance Canada’s reconciliation agenda, as well as equity, diversity and inclusion in ocean science
  • encourage postgraduate studies in fields relevant to ocean science


This supplement provides financial support to high-calibre students working toward degrees in ocean science and related research areas of relevance to Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). DFO offers up to ten supplements annually.


To be eligible for this supplement, you must hold an active PGS D or CGS D award, and your research project must fall within one or more of the research areas of relevance to DFO (see below). You may hold more than one supplement over the course of your award, and you will remain eligible for this supplement so long as your award is active.

Eligible award holders will be identified based on the proposed research of their initial application. Research areas of relevance to DFO include the following key words:

  • Aquaculture science
  • Aquatic invasive species
  • Aquatic science
  • Aquatic species at risk
  • Fisheries
  • Freshwater
  • Hydrography
  • Marine
  • Marine ecosystems
  • Marine mammals
  • Ocean
  • Oceanography
  • Ocean conservation
  • Ocean science
  • Scientific data

Supplement value

NSERC will supplement, on behalf of DFO, your PGS D or CGS D award by $10,000 for one year.

Application procedures

You are automatically considered for this supplement if you meet the eligibility criteria and hold an active PGS D or CGS D award.

For more information about the research that is being conducted at DFO, visit the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website.

Selection process

Eligible applications will be reviewed by NSERC staff, and supplements will be offered to those most closely aligned with the objectives of this supplement. Supplements will be awarded once per year.

In order to advance Canada’s reconciliation agenda and equity, diversity and inclusion in the areas of research relevant to this funding opportunity, priority may be given to those who self-identify as Indigenous*, women, visible minorities and/or persons with a disability.

* “Indigenous peoples” is a collective name for the original peoples of North America and their descendants. “Aboriginal peoples” is also often used as a synonym. For the purposes of this supplement, NSERC uses the Canadian Constitution Act, 1982 definition of Aboriginal peoples as including the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada.

Notification of results

You will receive an email notification, directly from NSERC, if you are a successful recipient of this supplement, and NSERC may publish your name (and other basic award supplement information) on its website.


The supplement payment will be made by NSERC, on behalf of DFO. If you are holding your award at an eligible Canadian institution, your institution will issue payments to you for the total value of the supplement in accordance with its own payment schedule. If you are holding your award outside an eligible Canadian institution (for example, at a foreign institution), NSERC will issue a payment directly to you.

Refer to the Payment of award section of the Tri-agency research training award holder’s guide for more information about PGS D or CGS D award payments.


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