Grant Name: Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral program
If you are applying through an institution, you must submit your application by the deadline set by the institution, which may be well in advance of the agency deadline.
The institution will review and rank all applications received and submit the recommended applications to the agencies by November 21. If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications can be submitted the following business day before 8:00 p.m. (ET).
For more information about institutional deadlines, you should contact your faculty of graduate studies (or its equivalent).
If you are applying directly to one of the agencies, you must submit using the appropriate agency application portal before 8:00 p.m. (ET) on October 17. If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications can be submitted the following business day before 8:00 p.m. (ET). Incomplete applications will be rejected.
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. 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.
To be eligible to apply, you must
- be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada or a Protected Person under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada), as of the application deadline
- have completed no more than 24 months of full-time study in your doctoral program by December 31 of the calendar year of application if previously enrolled in a graduate program
- have completed no more than 36 months of full-time study in your doctoral program by December 31 of the calendar year of application if enrolled in a joint program; for example, MD/PhD, MA/PhD
- if you fall into this category, you have access to the 36-month window whether or not you were previously enrolled in a master’s program
- have completed no more than 36 months of full-time study in your doctoral program by December 31 of the calendar year of application if enrolled directly from a bachelor’s to a PhD program (not previously enrolled in a graduate program)
- direct-entry applicants must be enrolled in their doctoral program at the time of application
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.
How to Apply?
Selecting the appropriate agency
You should complete the agency application that is best aligned with your research subject matter to ensure that it is reviewed by experts in disciplines closest to your field(s) of study. For more information refer to Selecting the appropriate federal granting agency.
To complete the application process, refer to the appropriate agency’s application website and instructions.
Where to submit an application
You must apply either through a Canadian institution or directly to the appropriate agency depending on your registration status at the application deadline date and/or your registration status in the calendar year of application. Failure to submit an application through the correct channel will result in your application being rejected.
To determine the correct channel, you must
- determine if an institution has a quota for your selected agency
- refer to the chart and supporting information in the document Where should I submit my application?
If you are unsure of your registration status in the calendar year of application, contact your faculty of graduate studies (or its equivalent).
$35,000 (for 36 months)