Scholarships and Awards

CIHR Doctoral Research Awards Competition

The Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Awards (CGS-D) program provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada.

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  • Value

    The maximum amount per award is $ $35,000 per year for up to three (3) years. Award funding is allocated as follows:

    Stipend: $30,000/year
    Research Allowance: $5,000/year

    *Please note that recipients of doctoral Tri-Council scholarships will also receive Top-Up funding in the form of the President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction

  • Eligibility

    Eligibility requirements:

    • Must be a Canadian citizen or 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, 2019
    • Have no more than 36 months if transferred directly from Bachelors to a PhD or enrolled in a joint program, e.g., MD/PhD, MA/PhD
    • Must intend to pursue, in the following year, a full-time doctoral program for which you are requesting funding
    • Not have already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC

    For complete eligibility requirements, please visit the CIHR Website

  • Selection Criteria

    Applicants are evaluated and selected according to criteria in the following categories:

    • Research ability and potential
    • Relevant experience and achievements obtained within and beyond academia

    For complete selection criteria, please visit the CIHR Website.

  • Application Procedures

    Student must notify their Department of their intention to apply.

    Students must complete their applications using CIHR online system (ResearchNet) and submit it by the institutional deadline of Thursday, October 3, 2019 11:59 MST. If Departments require a copy of their students’ applications for internal adjudication purposes, students must provide this directly to their Department. FGSR does not provide copies of students’ applications to Departments.

    For detailed application instruction, please visit the CIHR Doctoral Research Awards – Application instructions. Late application will not be accepted.

  • Nomination Procedures

    Students must contact their department to indicate their intent to apply and be considered for the CIHR CGS-D. Departments forward an alphabetical list of eligible applicants (including Student ID numbers) to the FGSR by 4 PM on October 3, 2019.

    2020 CIHR Memo to Departments
  • Adjudication Procedures

    All complete and eligible applications are reviewed by the Graduate Scholarship Committee. A list of recommended applications is chosen and sent to CIHR for final adjudication at the national level by November 21, 2019.

    Results of the CIHR CGS-D competition at the University level will be shared to Departments. Only those students who’ve been nominated to CIHR will receive a notification email from FGSR that they have been forwarded to the national competition level. Unsuccessful students will be notified via the CIHR ResearchNet.

  • Deadline

    Each department may have their own internal adjudication and deadline to review applications. Students must apply well in advance and contact the Department for their internal procedure/deadline. It is the student’s responsibility to provide their application to their Departments, if they do so required.

    The deadline for Departments to forward the list of eligible applicants in alphabetical order (including Student ID numbers) to the FGSR is Thursday, October 3, 2019 before 4 pm.

    The deadline for FGSR to forward final nominations to CIHR is November 21, 2019.

    Final CIHR doctoral results are expected to be announced in April 2020.