TRI-Agency & Government Awards

NSERC'S CGS & Doctoral Awards

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) administers the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (CGSD) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (PGSD).

See Award Application Tips to learn more about the application process for External/Government Funded Awards.

Deadline to Apply:
October 1, 2023

CGSD Award Value:
$35,000 per year for up to three years

PGSD Award Value:
$21,000 per year for up to three years

Candidate Eligibility:
  • Canadian citizens
  • Permanent residents of Canada

International students are not eligible to apply.

Canadian Graduate Scholarships

Students apply in one competition - the CGSD will be offered to the top-ranked applicants and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered a PGSD.

How to Apply

Check eligibility

Confirm that you meet all the criteria below before you apply for a CGSD and PGSD.

Review evaluation criteria

Selection committees evaluate each application within one of an outline list of broad discipline categories that correspond to the NSERC Scholarships and Fellowships selection committees. Please review criteria when applying. 

Prepare your application

Use our NSERC Applicant Worklist as a guide.
Download our NSERC Applicant Worklist →

Apply using online portal

Follow the application instructions found within the NSERC Online Portal.

Competition Timeline (2023)

October 1
4:30 PM
Student deadline to submit the full application on NSERC’s Online Portal. If the deadline falls on a weekend or on a federal statutory holiday, applications must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. (PST) the following business day.
November 8-9
University Scholarship Selection Committee (USSC) deadline to make final decisions
November 10-16 Students who have been selected to go forward can update their applications
November 21 FINAL SFU submission deadline

Official Transcripts

Order your SFU official transcript here.

Transcripts can be mailed to our mailing address or emailed to

Our mailing address:

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Maggie Benston Student Services Centre
1100 Simon Fraser University
ATTN: Stephanie Santoso
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6