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.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) 

Writing Workshop: August 23, 2018. Institutional Deadline (via ResearchNet): September 13, 2018

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The Vanier CGS Program (www.vanier.gc.ca)                                         

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is designed to support world-class doctoral students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields. The award is valued at $50,000 per year for up to three years. Before you apply, read the following to ensure you are eligible and competitive:

  1. Are you eligible?  Check out the Vanier eligibility criteria.
  2. Are you competitive?  Check out the Vanier selection criteria.

SFU has a very limited quota and will only nominate applicants who are highly competitive for this award. Nominees will be evaluated and selected based on the following three criteria, which will be weighted equally by the selection committees:

Academic Excellence: indicated by grades, duration/difficulty of study, awards held.

Research Potential: indicated by contributions so far, level of research ability/expertise, interest in discovery, the proposed research and it’s potential contribution to the field.

Leadership: high level of goal achievement and integrity, involvement in personal achievement, volunteerism/community outreach, civic engagement. 

How to apply | SFU’s internal deadline is Sept 13th, 2018

You must submit your entire Vanier application on ResearchNet by September 13th. 

Applicants must be nominated by the Canadian university where they will pursue doctoral studies; the Vanier CGS is non-transferable. Ensure you allocate enough time prepare the  following tasks:

  • Read eligibility and selection criteria. Questions? adta@sfu.ca
  • Create ResearchNet application: www.researchnet-recherchenet.ca
  • Create Vanier-Banting Academic CV: www.ccv-cvc.ca
  • Have official transcripts ordered and sent to the Graduate Studies Office (c/o Rachel Dawson) 
  • Contact 2 people who can provide Referee Assessment Letters
  • Contact 2 people who can provide Leadership Reference Letters
  • Draft your Research Proposal (max 2 pages + 5 for references/bibliography/citations)
  • Draft your Personal Leadership Statement (max 2 pages)
  • Draft your Research Contributions page (max 1 page)
  • Draft your Special Circumstances, if applicable (max 1 page)
  • Ensure your documents follow the Presentation Standards

Writing Workshop

  • Attend SFU's Writing Workshop on August 23rd, Library Thesis Room #2020 between 2:00 - 3:00. Come prepared with questions and draft material! 
  • Writing tips, common mistakes and tips from previous award winners! 

Resources

Kyle Artelle's advice and suggestions

CIHR's Doctoral Research Awards

Including the Sir Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best CGS D Scholarships. Student Deadline (via ResearchNet) is October 1st, 2018 (20:00 EDT)

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At a Glance

  • Sir Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best CGS D Scholarships: $30,000 per year
  • Deadline for students to apply is October 1st on ResearchNet; note that October 2nd is SFU's deadline to submit applications. 
  • Note that CIHR does have various other Doctoral funding opportunities (values and deadline may vary)

How to Apply

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

NSERC's Doctoral Programs

Including the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships and NSERC's PostGraduate Scholarships. Institutional deadline: TBD - October 15th, 2018

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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 18th, 2018 (10:00am - 12:00) in the Library Thesis Room 2020, Bennett Library, Burnaby Campus. Representatives from NSERC will be presenting.
  • Deadline to submit official paper transcripts to GPS (university designate: Alexandra Gunn, dgsaward@sfu.ca): October 4
  • Deadline to apply online: TBC - 5pm (PST) on October 15

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 GPS 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: TBC - 5pm (PST) on October 15th

Resources

SSHRC's Doctoral Award Programs

Including the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Program Doctoral Scholarships and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships. Deadline: Thursday, November 1, 2018

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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 10, 2018 (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, 2018

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 16th

Applicant Resources