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A planned outage affecting this website and several other NSERC and SSHRC (including TIPS) websites and granting portals will take place from Friday, June 28, 2024, at 4 p.m., until Tuesday, July 2, 2024, at 8 a.m. (ET). For more details, visit NSERC or SSHRC/TIPS dedicated webpages.

Postgraduate programs

The information and types of awards outlined below are relevant only to current or future (within the next year) master’s or doctoral graduate students.

Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral
The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral (CGS D) program is to promote continued excellence in Canadian research by rewarding and retaining high-calibre doctoral students at Canadian institutions. By providing support for a high-quality research training experience to awardees, the CGS D program strives to foster impacts within and beyond the research environment.
Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s
The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships – Masterís (CGS M) program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.
Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements
The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) support high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad.
NSERC Indigenous Student Ambassadors
The NSERC Indigenous Student Ambassadors (NISA) grant aims to engage Indigenous students and fellows in promoting interest and participation in the natural sciences and engineering by visiting Indigenous communities and schools in Canada.
NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships – Doctoral
The NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships – Doctoral (PGS D) program provides financial support to high-calibre graduate students who are engaged in a doctoral program in natural sciences or engineering. This support allows scholars to concentrate on their studies more fully and to seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields both within Canada and abroad.
Postgraduate supplements
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the natural sciences and engineering, social sciences and humanities or health sciences.