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Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral Program

Canada’s three federal granting agencies, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) have launched a harmonized Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral (CGS-D) program with a common deadline. This harmonization is driven by the desire to remove barriers, have consistent processes across the three agencies, and to simplify the application and adjudication processes.

  • CIHR: Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards
  • NSERC: Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships
  • SSHRC: Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships
  • Value and duration

    $20,000 to $35,000 per year, up to 36 months

  • Quotas
    • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – three*
    • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) – four*
    • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) – four*

    *Quotas are determined by the individual granting agency. If there is a discrepancy between the advertised quotas here and those of the CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC, the latter shall prevail.

  • Deadline
    Friday, September 29, 2023.
  • How to apply

    To determine whether you should apply to the Ontario Tech quota competition or apply directly through one of the applicable agencies please follow the steps below:

    Step 1: Refer to Where should I submit my application.
    Step 2: Once you have determined where to submit your application, you must complete your application by selecting the Application procedures.
    Step 3: Ensure that you visit the appropriate agency’s application website and instructions:

    For more information on application procedure, eligibility and selection criteria, visit the Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral Program site.

  • Transcripts

    Transcripts are a mandatory requirement to demonstrate eligibility and are an integral part of the material reviewed by the selection committees.

    Applications that do not adhere to agency-specific instructions and guidelines may be rejected.

    Please follow agency-specific instructions for attaching transcripts to your application. These instructions are embedded into the application process.


  • Resources and questions

    To access tips for preparing scholarships applications and samples of winning research proposals, visit the SGPS website.

    If you have any questions about this or any other scholarship competition, we recommend that you complete the External Scholarships Question Submission Form or contact