The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral (CGS D) program is to promote continued excellence in Canadian research by rewarding and retaining high-calibre doctoral students at Canadian institutions. By providing support for a high-quality research training experience to awardees, the CGS D program strives to foster impacts within and beyond the research environment.
The CGS D program supports high-calibre students engaged in doctoral programs in all academic disciplines. This support allows scholars to fully concentrate on their doctoral studies, to seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields and to contribute to the Canadian research ecosystem during and beyond the tenure of their awards.
- be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, as of the application deadline date
- have completed no more than 24 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31 of the calendar year of application if 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 of the calendar year of application if enrolled in a joint program; for example, 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 of the calendar year of application if enrolled directly from a bachelor’s to a PhD program (with no time spent in a master’s program)
- direct-entry applicants must be enrolled in their doctoral program at the time of application
$35,000 per year for the duration of 36 months.
How to Apply
The CGS D program supports and promotes research excellence in a wide variety of disciplines and broad fields of health, natural sciences and engineering, and social sciences and humanities, including interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research.
Applicants should complete the agency application that is best aligned with their research subject matter to ensure that it is reviewed by experts in disciplines closest to their field(s) of study. For more information on selecting the appropriate federal granting agency, refer to science.gc.ca.
To complete the application process, refer to the appropriate agency’s instructions.
- CIHR instructions
- NSERC instructions
- SSHRC instructions
An applicant must apply through a Canadian institution or directly to the appropriate agency. Failure to submit an application through the correct channel may result in an application being removed from the competition.
The institution will review all applications received, rank them and submit the recommended applications to the agencies by November 21, 2021. If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications can be submitted the following business day before 8:00 p.m. (ET).