Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral Program

The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral (CGS D) program is a federal program of scholarships awarded through national competitions by the granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Objective

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.

Description

The CGS D program supports high-calibre students engaged in doctoral programs in all academic disciplines. 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.

$35,000 per year for 36 months

September 1 5:00PM — Registration deadline. Complete this form to register: https://forms.gle/tq2soutzGqP3qxs37 . Your acknowledgement email will contain detailed instructions on how to prepare your application for the pre-selection.  
September 18
– deadline for trainees to submit application for the St. Michael’s internal competition. Detailed instructions will be emailed to applicants at the time of registration.
November 2 – decision of internal review (applicants will find out whether they have been selected to submit their application)
November 18 – deadline for trainees whose application has been selected to submit finalized applications and document tracking for (DTF) to Dina
November 21 
– final submission deadline through ResearchNet, applicant is responsible for this online submission.

Please note, that Indigenous applicants [First Nations, Métis, Inuit] are encouraged to self-identify their status on their application form as institutions are permitted to recommend an unlimited number of self-identified Indigenous applicants above their application quota to the national competition. Self-identification data are not seen or used by Tri-Agency selection committee members or by the applicant’s references. CIHR applicants should email RTC separately to notify us that they have self-identified their status on their CIHR application as this information is not disclosed by CIHR to the institutions.

How to Apply:

 

Application Support:

  • Graduate Writing Resources
  • Responsive Research: Competitive Scholarship Applications in the Medical and Health
  • CIHR Scholarship Information Webinars
    These are interactive one-hour webinars offered by CIHR on how to apply. Attendees must register to join here:

    • English: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 starting at 1:00pm EDT
    • French: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 starting at 10:00am EDT
    • English: Thursday, September 10, 2020 starting at 10:00am EDT
    • French: Thursday, September 10, 2020 starting at 1:00pm EDT
  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, as of the application deadline date
  • have completed no more than 24 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31 of the calendar year of application if previously enrolled in a master’s program
  • have completed no more than 36 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31 of the calendar year of application if enrolled in a joint program; for example, MD/PhD, MA/PhD
  • applicants who fall into this category have access to the 36-month window whether or not they were previously enrolled in a master’s program
  • have completed no more than 36 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31 of the calendar year of application if enrolled directly from a bachelor’s to a PhD program (with no time spent in a master’s program)
  • direct-entry applicants must be enrolled in their doctoral program at the time of application
  • For the purpose of this application, the Nominated Principal Applicant must be a Trainee at the time of application.
  • The Nominated Principal Applicant must not hold an open-ended academic position in which the holder can form a research group, apply for external funded research as a principal investigator, or  teach (other than as a TA).
  • Applicants can submit a maximum of one scholarship application per academic year to CIHR.
  • Nominations to the Vanier CGS program and applications to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program do not count towards this limit (other exceptions may apply to CIHR internships).
  • Applicants cannot have already received a doctoral-level scholarship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC (does not apply to CIHR Fellowships).

 

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