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
    • you must have completed, as of December 31 of the year of application, between zero and 24 months (between four and 36 months if admitted to the doctoral program directly from your bachelor’s program) of studies (full-time equivalent) in the doctoral program for which you are requesting funding;
    • 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
    • you must not hold, or have held, a scholarship or fellowship from SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR to undertake or complete a doctoral program
    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. 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.

    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. 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.

    NSERC On-line Services Transcript Submission and Timelines

    It is the responsibility of the Department to inform students of the name and contact information of our U of A designate. Students are to contact their Department for information.

    1. Once students complete their application section and the letters of reference have been submitted, students must click “verify” only. At this time, students will not be able to click “submit” as FGSR will still need to upload their Transcripts at a later date.

    2. Following the application/Department submission deadline of October 15, FGSR will then review students’ applications for eligibility and completeness based on the list provided by Departments.

    3. Mid-November, FGSR will upload students’ transcripts in the portal and will send a notification email to the departments so that they may advise their students that all transcripts have been uploaded, and that students can click “submit”.

    4. 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.

    5. Final NSERC doctoral results are expected to be announced in April 2019.


  • 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.

    The deadline for FGSR to forward nominations to NSERC is November 25, 2018.

    Final NSERC doctoral results are expected to be announced in April 2019.