External + Government Awards

NSERC'S CGS & Doctoral Awards

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) administers the Alexander Graham Bell 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.

Canadian Graduate Scholarships

Deadline to Apply:
October 1, 2020

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

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

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.

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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.

Apply using online portal

Follow the application instructions found within the NSERC Online Portal

Competition Timeline

October 1
11:59 PM
Student deadline to submit the full application on SSHRC’s Online Portal
November 9-10
University Scholarship Selection Committee (USSC) deadline to make final decisions
November 12-17 Students who have been selected to go forward can update their applications
November 20 FINAL submission deadline

"Ask Us" Drop-In Scholarship Sessions on Zoom

Wednesdays & Thursdays

  • Oct 29 - Nov 26
  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM 

No drop-in session on Nov.4 and Nov.11

Zoom Details

Meeting ID: 949 1108 2635
Password: 125700

Note: These are one-on-one sessions. You will be admitted according to the list in the Zoom waiting room.

Official Transcripts

Transcripts can be mailed to our mailing address or emailed to gpsaward@sfu.ca.

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