Grant Name: NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships – Doctoral program





October 17
Refer to the CGS D program description for information on institutional and agency deadlines.


The NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships – Doctoral (PGS D) program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in an eligible doctoral program (see Eligibility criteria for students and fellows) in the natural sciences or engineering. This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies and seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields.

Applications to the PGS D program will automatically be considered for the Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral (CGS D) award. If your application is one of the top-ranked applications, you will be offered a CGS D; if your application is among the next tier of meritorious applications, you will be offered a PGS D; and if your application is one of the lower-ranked applications, you will not be offered an award.

The majority of information about the PGS D program is contained within the tri-agency Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral program description, including important information about

  • eligibility
  • application procedures
  • Indigenous applicants
  • deadlines
  • notification of results
  • conditions of the award

The following information is specific to the NSERC PGS D program and the doctoral award selection process at NSERC.

Note: If you entered your doctoral program at a Canadian institution directly from your bachelor’s degree (that is, you were never registered in a graduate-level program) and have completed between 0 and 12 months of studies in the doctoral program, you may be eligible to apply for a Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s (CGS M) or for a PGS D. 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.


Refer to the Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral program description for information on eligibility. The following pertains specifically to the PGS D award.


You may take up your PGS D at any eligible Canadian institution. You may also take it up at any eligible foreign institution, provided you have received a previous degree from a Canadian institution.

If you are offered a CGS D but decide to take your award to an eligible foreign institution, and are eligible to do so, you must decline the CGS D to be offered a PGS D award in its place.

Note: If you are a permanent resident of Canada and will be taking up your award outside of Canada, you should contact the relevant Canadian immigration authorities to determine how doing so may affect your Canadian residency status.

Subject matter

To be considered eligible for the PGS D program, your proposed research must clearly lie within the natural sciences and engineering (NSE), rather than the health sciences. If you applied to NSERC, and your proposed research falls outside of the agency’s mandate, and you are not offered a CGS D award, your application may be deemed ineligible. Refer to NSERC’s Eligibility criteria for students and fellows for additional information.

Indigenous applicants

Refer to the CGS D program description for information on considerations given to self-identified Indigenous applicants to the doctoral funding programs.

How to Apply?

Refer to the CGS D program description for information on applying to the PGS D program.

Funding Amount

$21,000 per year for three years.

Contact Information

Consult the contact list.

Processing Fee




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