The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral (CGS D) program is a federal program of scholarships awarded through national competitions by the granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
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.
$35,000 per year for 36 months
Please note that trainees have the option to submit their application through their graduate school or through their research institute (St. Michael’s Hospital), however, they must choose one of these options. Please contact your graduate school for their deadlines. In both cases, your application will be included in an internal competition that will select those who can forward their application.
Timeline and process of application:
September 7, 2021 5:00PM — Registration deadline. Complete this form to register to apply through St Michael’s Hospital: https://forms.gle/WSkgZZ3ZK1gaCjgM8
Your acknowledgement email will contain detailed instructions on how to prepare your application for the pre-selection.
September 27, 2021 – Deadline for trainees to submit applications for the St. Michael’s internal competition. Detailed instructions will be emailed to applicants at the time of registration. Applications for both the internal competition and the final submission must be done through ResearchNet following the CIHR guidelines: https://www.researchnet-recherchenet.ca/rnr16/vwOpprtntyDtls.do?prog=3518&view=search&terms=CIHR&type=EXACT&resultCount=25&next=1
November 1, 2021 – Notification of the decision of the internal competition (applicants will find out whether they have been selected to submit their application to CIHR)
November 19, 2021 – Deadline for trainees whose application has been selected to submit finalized applications and document tracking for (DTF) to the Institute for approval and signatures
November 21, 2021 – Final submission deadline through ResearchNet.
Please note, that Indigenous applicants [First Nations, Métis, Inuit] are encouraged to self-identify their status on their application form as institutions are permitted to recommend an unlimited number of self-identified Indigenous applicants above their application quota to the national competition. Self-identification data are not seen or used by Tri-Agency selection committee members or by the applicant’s references. CIHR applicants should email RTC separately to notify us that they have self-identified their status on their CIHR application as this information is not disclosed by CIHR to the institutions.
Please note that trainees have the option to submit their application through their graduate school or through their research institute (St. Michael’s Hospital), however, they must choose one of these options. You must submit your application through SMH as per the steps outlined above under “Timelines & Deadlines”.
How to Apply
To be eligible to apply, you must
Note: You may be eligible to apply to the CGS M program for your first year of doctoral funding. Applying for a CGS M, if you are eligible, will maximize your potential period of funding. You are responsible for choosing the type of award for which you apply.
Number of months
Eligibility for CGS D is based on the number of months of full-time study toward the degree for which you are requesting funding by December 31 of the calendar year of application. Two terms of part-time study count as one term of full-time study.
Note: The agencies count all studies toward the doctoral degree for which funding is requested, whether or not they were completed at the degree-granting institution.
Fast-track and joint programs
If you were registered in a master’s program and subsequently transferred to a doctoral program (fast-track), the months of study completed are calculated starting from the date on which you transferred into the doctoral program.
If you are registered in a doctoral program, and a master’s degree is obtained as part of the program (for example, MA/PhD), the months of study are calculated starting from the date on which you are officially registered in the joint program (including the master’s portion of the program).