DND/NSERC supplemental funding award

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

Value $10,000
Application procedures See below

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The objective of the DND/NSERC supplemental funding award is to encourage highly advanced training and research in the natural sciences and engineering in research fields relevant to national defense, for the benefit of Canada. The supplement provides additional funding supports for existing NSERC award holders at the doctoral and postdoctoral training levels at Canadian institutions.


Funding from the Department of National Defence (DND) will be used to supplement up to 40 successful existing NSERC award holders at the doctoral and/or postdoctoral level who are funded by an NSERC PGS D, CGS D or PDF award and who are pursuing research in areas of interest to Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), the science and technology organization of DND.


To be eligible for this supplement, you must hold an active PGS D, CGS D or PDF award at a Canadian institution, and your research project must fall within the research areas of relevance to DND. 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 in their initial application.

Research areas of relevance to DND may include, but are not limited to, the following subjects:

  • 5G
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Augmented reality
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Computer vision
  • Electromagnetics
  • Machine and deep learning
  • Microscopy
  • Neural networks
  • Neuroscience
  • Quantum sensing
  • Radar
  • Renewable energy
  • Sensor fusion
  • Signal processing
  • Un-crewed vehicles
  • Virtual reality

Supplement value

NSERC will supplement, on behalf of DND, your PGS D, CGS D or PDF 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, CGS D or PDF award.

For more information about the research that is being conducted at DND, visit the Defence Research and Development Canada website.

Selection process

Eligible applications will be reviewed by NSERC staff. Supplements will be offered to those most closely aligned with the objectives of this supplement.

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, members of the 2SLGBTQI+ community 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.

Note: To support dissemination and knowledge mobilization, you may be invited to share your research results at a DND-organized workshop, presentation, or conference and/or to connect with DND scientists for research, mentoring, or networking purposes.


The supplement payment will be made by NSERC, on behalf of DND. Your Canadian institution will issue payments to you for the total value of the supplement in accordance with its own payment schedule.

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


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