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September 2, 2015
Canadian Excellence

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies


NSERC Doctoral Scholarships

The following is for general information only. See the NSERC website for full details.  Tips for applicants are available on the NSERC page "Resource Videos".

To ensure your research project falls within NSERC's mandate, refer to Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency.

Applications are to be submitted using Form 201 in the on-line application system.  Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet the eligibility requirements and have adhered to the scholarship application guidelines.

Students who are (or who were) registered at Wilfrid Laurier University during the year of application must submit official sealed transcripts to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies office by September 23, 2015 in order for them to be uploaded to your application.  Note: if you were not registered at an institution during the year of application you must apply directly to NSERC (see NSERC website link above).

The University designate information: Cherie Mongeon,

*Students registered at Wilfrid Laurier University must submit their application on-line via the NSERC Research Portal by the appropriate departmental deadline.



  • $21,000/year for NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (PGSD)
  • $35,000/year for Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGSD)* 

*Note: The highest ranked PGS applicants are automatically considered for CGS awards. 

Duration of Award

  • PGSD: up to 3 years (limited number of awards may be held abroad)
  • CGSD: up to 3 years (only held in Canada)
  • no funding beyond 52nd month of your doctoral program (64th month if admitted to PhD directly from bachelor's program)

Eligibility to Apply

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • hold or expect to hold (at time of taking up award) a degree in science or engineering from an NSERC-recognized university
  • intend to pursue, in following year, full-time graduate studies and research at the doctoral level in an area supported by NSERC
  • have attained a first-class average (GPA of 10 or A–) in each of the last 2 years of study
  • you may submit only one application per year to either NSERC, SSHRC or CIHR
  • students can apply to the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship program in the same year but it must be submitted to the same agency (CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC)


By December 31, 2015, you have completed:

  • 0-24 months of studies in doctoral program for which funding is requested OR
  • 4-36 months of studies in doctoral program for which funding is requested if admitted directly to PhD from bachelor’s (you were never registered in a master's program)

At the time of application you may:

  • be in last year of master’s program
  • be in 1st or 2nd year of doctoral program
  • have completed, as of December 31, 2015, between 4 and 36 months of studies in the doctoral program for which are your requesting funding if you were admitted directly from bachelor’s program
  • not previously held an NSERC PGS B, PGS D, CGS D, IPS 2 or Vanier CGS for program of study you are currently applying for funding
  • not hold, or previously held, a CGS D or Vanier CGS from either CIHR or SSHRC

Selection Criteria

  • academic excellence (weighted 30%)
  • research ability or potential (weighted 50%)
  • communication, interpersonal and leadership skills (weighted 20%)

Conditions of Award

  • to hold award, you must have been unconditionally accepted into a doctoral degree program recognized by NSERC
  • be registered full-time (part-time if special conditions apply) in a graduate studies program at an eligible university

Review all policies and guidelines concerning the NSERC PGS awards and complete your application online here.

Questions? Contact Cherie Mongeon, Graduate Financial Aid and Awards Officer in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.