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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.

Application deadlines and notification of results

Your application must be submitted to NSERC before 8:00 pm (ET) on the deadline date. If the deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday, your application must reach NSERC by the following business day. Most institutions also have internal deadlines; contact your scholarship liaison officer for those deadlines. Late applications will not be accepted.

Undergraduate programs

Program Application deadline date Notification of results*
NSERC Indigenous Student Ambassadors (NISA) Minimum of two months before start of activity 4 weeks
Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) Set by institution 6 weeks

Postgraduate programs

Program Application deadline date Notification of results*
Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral (CGS D) Applicants applying through an institution:
Date set by institution
17–28 weeks (depending on internal institutional deadline)
Applicants applying directly to NSERC:
October 17
28 weeks
Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s (CGS M) December 1 17 weeks
Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) June 10 and October 10 8 weeks
NSERC Indigenous Student Ambassadors (NISA) Minimum of two months before start of activity 4 weeks
NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships - Doctoral (PGS D) Applicants applying through an institution:
Date set by institution
17–28 weeks (depending on internal institutional deadline)
Applicants applying directly to NSERC:
October 17
28 weeks
This link will take you to another Web site Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program (Vanier CGS) See the Vanier CGS website

Postdoctoral programs

Program Application deadline date Notification of results*
This link will take you to another Web site Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (Banting PDF) See the Banting PDF website
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science postdoctoral fellowships (JSPS) February 1 12 weeks
NSERC and L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science supplement April
NSERC Indigenous Student Ambassadors (NISA) Minimum of two months before start of activity 4 weeks
Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) October 17 18 weeks

* From the date NSERC receives the complete application.