NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral (CGS-D)/Postgraduate Scholarship - Doctoral (PGS-D) Competition

There are two levels of NSERC funding for doctoral students:

• The Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Program (CGS-D), and
• The NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship – Doctoral Program (PGS-D).

There is one application process for these two scholarships – students apply for the PGS-D and the highest ranked PGS-D applicants are automatically considered for the CGS-D.

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  • Value
    The CGS-D is valued at $35,000/year, for two or three years.*

    The PGS-D is valued at $21,000/year, for two or three years.*

    *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
    • Must have completed or expect to complete a degree in science or engineering (other fields may be considered at NSERC's discretion)
    • Must intend to pursue, in the following year, a full-time doctoral program for which you are requesting funding as of December 31st, 2018
    • If you were a direct entry from a bachelor's program to a doctoral program, you must have completed between four and 36 months of studies in the doctoral program for which you are requesting funds as of December 31st, 2018
    New for the 2019 Competition:

    1. First-class average in each of the last two years of completed study is no longer an eligibility criterion. Universities will recommend the top-ranked applications to NSERC.
    2. Joint programs with a professional degree (e.g., MD/PhD, DVM/PhD) are eligible, provided they have a significant research component.

    For complete eligibility requirements, please visit the NSERC Website.

  • Selection Criteria

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

    • Academic excellence
    • Research ability or potential
    • Communication, interpersonal, and leadership abilities

    For complete selection criteria, please visit the NSERC Website.

  • Application Procedures

    Students must complete their applications using NSERC’s On-line Services, and must notify their Department of their intention to apply. It is student’s responsibility to submit any required official, up-to-date transcripts to their Department by the Departmental deadline. University of Alberta transcripts are not required.

    At this point in the application process, transcripts are not uploaded and you cannot click “submit” online. Once students complete their application section and the letters of reference have been submitted, students must click “verify” only. Once all required documentation has been submitted by departments, the FGSR does an initial check for applicant eligibility and completeness. After this review, FGSR will upload students' transcripts onto their online applications and will advise departments once this process has been completed. It is only at this stage, applicants can click “submit” online

    Note: If FGSR has up-to-date official transcripts required for their NSERC application on file (example: submitted and all conditions cleared for Admissions purposes), applicants are not required to re-submit them.
  • Nomination Procedures

    Students must contact their department to indicate their intent to apply and be considered for the NSERC doctoral awards. Departments forward necessary students’ transcripts and an alphabetical list of eligible applicants (including Student ID numbers) to the FGSR by October 15, 2018.

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

    2019 NSERC 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 NSERC for final adjudication at the national level by November 25th, 2018. The University of Alberta’s quota for recommended applications for the 2019 competition is 84.

    NSERC will notify all recommended applicants of final decisions by April 2019.

  • Deadline

    Each department sets its own internal deadline for receipt of applications and students are encouraged to apply well in advance. Contact the Department for their deadline information.

    The deadline for Departments to forward students’ transcripts and an alphabetical list of eligible applicants (including Student ID numbers) to the FGSR is October 15, 2018.