CIHR / NSERC / SSHRC

If you are interested in applying to any of the external awards listed below, please check your eligibility, the application procedures and forms on the website of the target funding agency.

NSERC's Doctoral Programs (Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships and NSERC's PostGraduate Scholarships) - Doctoral Programs

At a Glance

  • Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS D) $35,000 a year
  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral (PGS D) $21,000 a year
  • Awards are two or three years in duration
  • Workshop: September 20th, 2017 (10:00am - 12:00) in the Library Thesis Room (2020) at the Burnaby Mountain Campus. Representatives from NSERC will be presenting.
  • Deadline to submit official paper transcripts to DGS (university designate: Alexandra Gunn, dgsaward@sfu.ca): October 4
  • Deadline to apply online: 5pm (PST) on October 15

More details on the NSERC Scholarships ...

Where to Start

  • Ensure your GPA is eligible - Applicants must have a first class average (A- or 3.67) in each of the last two completed years of study (full time equivalent). Check your transcript(s) to ensure that you have at least an A- average in your last 24-30 credits AND at least an A- average in the 24-30 credits previous to that
  • Ensure that your research falls under NSERC's mandate by visiting Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency 
  • Ensure you are eligible to apply by visiting NSERC's Doctoral Program
  • Order official transcripts from each institution you have attended - you will need to submit these in paper format to the DGS office by October 4th; graduate studies staff uploads your transcripts to your online application form (university designate: Alexandra Gunn, dgsaward@sfu.ca)
  • Attend the NSERC Doctoral Workshop

How to Apply

  • Application forms are completed using NSERC's On-line System, Form 201
  • Here is a worklist to assist students in the application process: NSERC Applicant Worklist
  • There is a single application and selection process for the CGS D and the NSERC PGS D. The top-ranked applicants will be offered a CGS D, and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered an NSERC PGS D
  • The deadline to submit official paper transcripts to the DGS Office is: October 4th
  • The deadline to apply online is: 5pm (PST) on October 15th

Resources

 

SSHRC's Doctoral Award Programs (Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Program Doctoral Scholarships and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships)

At a Glance

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships: $35,000 a year
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships: $20,000 a year
  • Awards can be 12- 48 months in duration, depending on eligibility
  • Workshop: October 11, 2017 (1:30-3:30pm) in Library Room #7200 at the Burnaby Mountain Campus. Students can bring copies of their printed draft proposal for roundtable discussion and feedback.
  • Deadline: November 1st, 2017

More details on the SSHRC Awards ...

Where to Start

  • Ensure your GPA is eligible - SSHRC awards are generally not given to applicants with a GPA below first class average (A- or 3.67) in the last two years of study.
  • Ensure that your research falls under SSHRC's mandate by visiting Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency 
  • Ensure you are eligible to apply by visiting SSHRC's Doctoral Awards 
  • Order official transcripts from each institution you have attended
  • Attend the SSHRC Doctoral Workshop at SFU.

How to Apply

  • Application forms are completed using SSHRC's Web Form
  • There is a single application and selection process for both awards. The top-ranked applicants will be offered a SSHRC CGS, and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
  • Here is a worklist to assist students in the application process
  • Application Deadline for students to submit paper application packages to their dept is November 1st
  • Deadline for departments to forward their recommended applications to the Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows is November 15th

Applicant Resources

CIHR's Doctoral Research Awards (Sir Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best CGS D Scholarships)

At a Glance

  • Sir Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best CGS D Scholarships: $30,000 per year
  • Deadline for students to apply is October 3rd at NOON on ResearchNet (note that October 3rd (end of the day) is the deadline by which SFU must submit applications forward
  • Note that CIHR does have various other Doctoral funding opportunities (values and deadline may vary)

More details on the CIHR awards ...

How to Apply

  • Applicants apply directly to CIHR for the Doctoral Awards;  there is no internal university adjudication. 
  • Interested students should check  www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca for eligiblity and application process information.
  • Applications are created and submitted on CIHR's ResearchNet System
  • Here is a worklist to assist students in the application process: CIHR Applicant Worklist

The Routing Slip and Signature Pages can be can be brought to the Office of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Fellows. 

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS)

At a Glance

  • The program is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students who demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health sciences
  • This is a doctoral level award; available for Canadians, Permanent Residents and International Students
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) are $50,000 a year
  • Awards are up to three years in duration
  • SFU Internal deadline is September 14th, 2017

More details on the Vanier awards ...

Where to Start

  • Ensure your GPA is eligible: applicants must have achieved a first class average (3.67 at SFU) in each of the last two years of full time study or equivalent
  • You must be pursuing your first PhD, and have completed no more than 20 months of doctoral studies by May 1, 2018
  • Candidates must be nominated by the Canadian university where they will pursue doctoral studies; the Vanier CGS is non-transferable
  • You cannot apply if you have hold/have held doctoral level funding from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC

How to Apply

  • Review the program description, eligibility criteria and full instructions for completing a Vanier CGS Doctoral application are provided on the Vanier website
  • Complete an application form via ResearchNet
  • Create and complete a Canadian Common CV
  • Online submission deadline: September 14, 2017

Writing Workshop

  • Vanier CGS Writing Workshop: August 24, 2017 in the Library Thesis Room #2020, 2:00-3:30 pm
  • Writing tips, common mistakes and tips from previous award winners! 

Resources

Video Recording of August 2015 information session webinar

Kyle Artelle's advice and suggestions

Canadian University Grading Table – First Class Average

Vanier Selection Committee