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NSERC Doctoral Scholarships


Program PGS D CGS D
Value &
(up to 3 years)
(up to 3 years)
Deadline To be determined by Academic Unit
How to Apply Hard copy of online application and all supporting documents submitted to your Academic Unit by deadline. See below for more details
Apply to All applicants who are registered in a degree program at McGill for Fall 2014 apply through their Academic Unit at McGill.

All applicants who are not registered at a university in Fall 2014 but who graduated from McGill between January-December 2014 should apply through their most recent Academic Unit at McGill. If you are a postdoc or are registered at another university in Fall 2014 you should either apply directly to NSERC or the university in which you are registered for Fall 2014. Consult the NSERC web site for more details and deadline dates.
Contact Please contact your Academic Unit or consult the NSERC website.
Notes All applications are for the PGS program. The highest-ranked PGS applicants will automatically be considered by NSERC for a CGS.


To be considered eligible for support, as of the application deadline date, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • hold, or expect to hold (at the time you take up the award), a degree in science or engineering from a university whose standing is recognized by NSERC (if you have a degree in a field other than science or engineering, NSERC may accept your application at its discretion); If you are unsure if your research falls under NSERC guidelines please email the agency directly with a summary of your research. If you apply to the inappropriate agency, your application will be disqualified.
  • intend to pursue, in the following year, full-time graduate studies and research at the Doctoral level in an eligible program (see Eligibility Criteria) in one of the areas of the natural sciences and engineering supported by NSERC; and
  • have obtained a first-class average (3.5 or higher) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent = 24 credits).
  • How does McGill calculate the last two years of full-time study?
  • You are not eligible to receive scholarship support while you are in a qualifying year of study.

Interdisciplinary research

Students seeking support for interdisciplinary research in areas covered by more than one of NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC (for example, research in Biomedical Engineering) should consult with one of the granting agencies well before any applicable deadlines.

Required documents

  1. Online application form (must register first)
  2. McGill transcript ordering information

How to apply

Competition process

Note: “Academic Unit ” roles: usually refers to work led by appointed fellowships coordinator of the Academic Unit.

  1. Student requests transcripts and referee letters sent to the Academic Unit: referee letters can be sent electronically from an official institutional email address.
  2. Student fills out online application (must include e-mail address of appointed fellowships coordinator of the Academic Unit in application).
  3. Student saves application online.
  4. Student saves application as a PDF file. Status of application at this point is 'in progress'.
  5. Student sends via email attachment, the PDF of the application to the Academic Unit (note that some units may request printed copies). 
  6. Academic Unit confirms receipt of entire application including supporting documents from students.
  7. Academic Unit scans and uploads official transcripts, including the transcript key. In the case of international students, the Unit must scan and upload the original transcripts, the translation, and the related GPS country guide
  8. Academic Unit notifies the student that the transcripts have been uploaded and should provide students with email address of person responsible for uploading.
  9. Student finalizes online application to NSERC. Student clicks ‘verify’ (will verify that all components are attached to the student’s application) and ‘submit’.  The status of the application at this point will be ‘submitted’.
  10. Academic Unit file review committee reviews files and decides to “recommend” or “not recommend” to GPS Graduate Funding.
  11. Academic Unit communicates outcomes of their file review to applicants.
  12. GPS Graduate Funding's file review committee reviews the recommended files and decides to “recommend” or “not recommend” to granting agency.
  13. GPS Graduate Funding notifies every applicant (whose application was recommended to GPS by Academic Unit) of the file review outcome.
  14. Agency announces winners in Spring.

Additional resources

Post-Award Information

If you have been awarded the above fellowship, please refer to Accepting, activating, and maintaining your award. Among other items, this page contains the NSERC Award Holder's Guide and Progress Report Form. The deadlines for these items are as follows:

Award Start Date Activation/Payment
Document Deadlines
Progress Report
May 1 Apr 15 Apr 15
Sep 1 Jul 15 (in-course)
Aug 5 (new)
Jul 15
Jan 1 Dec 1 Dec 1