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

Please note that trainees have the option to submit their application through their graduate school or through their research institute (St. Michael’s Hospital), however, they must choose one of these options. Please contact your graduate school for their deadlines. In both cases, your application will be included in an internal competition that will select those who can forward their application.

Timeline and process of application:

September 7, 2021 5:00PM Registration deadline. Complete this form to register to apply through St Michael’s Hospital: https://forms.gle/WSkgZZ3ZK1gaCjgM8

Your acknowledgement email will contain detailed instructions on how to prepare your application for the pre-selection.  

September 27, 2021 – Deadline for trainees to submit applications for the St. Michael’s internal competition. Detailed instructions will be emailed to applicants at the time of registration. Applications for both the internal competition and the final submission must be done through ResearchNet following the CIHR guidelines: https://www.researchnet-recherchenet.ca/rnr16/vwOpprtntyDtls.do?prog=3518&view=search&terms=CIHR&type=EXACT&resultCount=25&next=1

November 1, 2021 – Notification of the decision of the internal competition (applicants will find out whether they have been selected to submit their application to CIHR)

November 19, 2021 – Deadline for trainees whose application has been selected to submit finalized applications and document tracking for (DTF) to the Institute for approval and signatures

November 21, 2021 – Final submission deadline through ResearchNet.

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.

Please note that trainees have the option to submit their application through their graduate school or through their research institute (St. Michael’s Hospital), however, they must choose one of these options. You must submit your application through SMH as per the steps outlined above under “Timelines & Deadlines”.

How to Apply

  Application Support:

  • Graduate Writing Resources
  • SRSA Internal Peer Review Program
  • CIHR Scholarship Information Sessions
    These are interactive one-hour webinars offered by CIHR on how to apply. Attendees must register to join here:
    • English sessions

      Duration: 60 minutes
      When:

      Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET | Join
      Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 10:00 am ET | Join

    • French sessions

      Duration: 60 minutes
      When:
      Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 10:00 am ET | Join
      Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET | Join

  • To be eligible to apply, you must

    • be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada or a Protected Person under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada), as of the application deadline
    • have completed no more than 24 months of full-time study in your doctoral program by December 31 of the calendar year of application if previously enrolled in a graduate program
    • have completed no more than 36 months of full-time study in your doctoral program by December 31 of the calendar year of application if enrolled in a joint program; for example, MD/PhD, MA/PhD
      • if you fall into this category, you have access to the 36-month window whether or not you were previously enrolled in a master’s program
    • have completed no more than 36 months of full-time study in your doctoral program by December 31 of the calendar year of application if enrolled directly from a bachelor’s to a PhD program (not previously enrolled in a graduate program)
      • direct-entry applicants must be enrolled in their doctoral program at the time of application

    Note: You may be eligible to apply to the CGS M program for your first year of doctoral funding. Applying for a CGS M, if you are eligible, will maximize your potential period of funding. You are responsible for choosing the type of award for which you apply.

    Number of months

    Eligibility for CGS D is based on the number of months of full-time study toward the degree for which you are requesting funding by December 31 of the calendar year of application. Two terms of part-time study count as one term of full-time study.

    Note: The agencies count all studies toward the doctoral degree for which funding is requested, whether or not they were completed at the degree-granting institution.

    Fast-track and joint programs

    If you were registered in a master’s program and subsequently transferred to a doctoral program (fast-track), the months of study completed are calculated starting from the date on which you transferred into the doctoral program.

    If you are registered in a doctoral program, and a master’s degree is obtained as part of the program (for example, MA/PhD), the months of study are calculated starting from the date on which you are officially registered in the joint program (including the master’s portion of the program).

    Other restrictions

    • You can submit a maximum of one scholarship (master’s or doctoral) or fellowship application per academic year to either CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC. Nominations to the Vanier CGS program and applications to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program do not count toward this limit (other exceptions may apply to CIHR internships).
    • You cannot have already received a doctoral-level scholarship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC (does not apply to CIHR Fellowships).
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