CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral (CIHR CGS-D)

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


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

Eligibility requirements:

  • 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 date
  • intend to pursue, in the following year, a full-time doctoral program for which you are requesting funding
  • have completed no more than 24 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31, 2021 if previously enrolled in a graduate program
  • have completed no more than 36 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31, 2021 if enrolled in a joint program, e.g., 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, 2021 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
  • not have already received a doctoral-level scholarship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC (does not apply to CIHR Fellowships)

For complete eligibility requirements, please visit the CGS-D website.

Selection Criteria

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

  • Research ability and potential - 50%
  • Relevant experience and achievements obtained within and beyond academia - 50%

For complete selection criteria, please visit the CGS-D Website.

Application Procedures

It is the student's responsibility to read all instructions and be familiar with the application process before applying.

2022 CIHR CGS Doctoral Memo to Departments and Students

  1. Students are to complete a full application by following CIHR Doctoral Research Awards - Application instructions and submit through the CIHR online application system, ResearchNet.
  2. Students must submit their complete application (including the sponsors' assessment and other attached documents as described under Doctoral Research Awards - Application instructions) through ResearchNet by the institutional deadline of October 4, 2021 at 11:59 pm MST. It is highly recommended that students submit their application well ahead of the institutional deadline. Late applications will not be accepted. It is the applicant's sole responsibility to follow up with sponsors to ensure the assessments are submitted prior to the deadline date and therefore ensure the application completeness.

Application Notes:

  • Institutions are permitted to recommend an unlimited number of self-identified Indigenous applicants to the CIHR CGSD Program above our application quota. Applicants who would like to self-identify as Indigenous and considered beyond the institutions quota must complete the Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Awards (CGS D): Voluntary Self-Identification Form for Indigenous Applicants Form and must be uploaded in ResearchNet.
  • It is the students' responsibility to submit all up-to-date official transcripts (this includes all undergraduate and graduate studies, completed or ongoing) through CIHR ResearchNet. This includes obtaining official University of Alberta transcripts (must show current Fall 2021 registration [courses/thesis in progress]). FGSR does not provide copies of transcripts held on file at FGSR. Visit the Office of the Registrar's website: How to Request Official University of Alberta Transcripts. Either a scanned paper copy or e-Transcript are acceptable. If ordering an e-Transcript, select the download PDF option for a “blue ribboned” PDF (must pay the associated fee). Do not add a password or expiry date. Only PDF e-Transcripts with the blue ribbon and cover letter are considered official and unmodified. Transcripts shared/sent to FGSR’s email address or shared via the organization recipient option will not be accepted. 
  • FGSR (institution) signature is NOT required on the signature pages at the time of application. Only the applicant's supervisor signature is required. Applicant must first identify their primary supervisor in the "Identify Participants" task of the application and this will generate a box for the Primary Supervisor to sign in the "Print/Upload Signature Pages".
  • Submission of an application does not mean it has been forwarded to the national CIHR competition. All eligible applications will be shared with the Graduate Scholarship Committee (GSC) adjudicators for review.
  • Only completed applications will be reviewed. Changes cannot be made after the application has been submitted. Incomplete application will automatically be deemed ineligible.

Please visit the CIHR Doctoral Award website for complete application instructions and other helpful links.

Adjudication Procedures
All complete and eligible applications are reviewed by the Graduate Scholarship Committee (GSC). A list of recommended applications is selected and forwarded to CIHR for final adjudication at the national level. The University of Alberta's quota for recommended applications for 2022 is 26.
Deadline and Timelines

October 4, 2021, 11:59 pm (MST): Deadline for students to submit their completed CIHR application via ResearchNet.

October 5 - Mid October: FGSR Award Services reviews applications for eligibility and completeness. Note: Students will not be offered the opportunity to revise their applications.

Mid October - Mid November: FGSR's GSC reviews applications and selects nominees to be forwarded to CIHR for review at the national level.

November 21, 2021: Deadline for FGSR to forward university nominations to CIHR for the national competition.

End of November, 2021: Results of the CIHR competition at the University level will be shared with Departments. Students whose applications have been forwarded to CIHR will receive a notification from FGSR. Unsuccessful students will be notified via the CIHR ResearchNet.

April 2022: Final CIHR doctoral results are expected to be announced.

2021 Tri-Council Doctoral Information Session Presentation CIHR Winners