Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

The CIHR provides research funding for graduate students for research in the health sciences and is open to current and prospective students.

The Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral (CGS D) program is a federal program of scholarships awarded by the CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC granting agencies that supports high-calibre doctoral students in all academic disciplines.

At a glance


$30,000 CGS-D plus research allowance of $5,000 per year for three years


Canadian or Permanent Resident


October 1 for applications submitted through the University of Calgary

Degree type

Students enrolled in or applying to a doctoral program

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Preparing your application

Students with a UCalgary student number (UCID) may apply for awards after submitting an application for admission. You do not need to be accepted into your program before you apply for awards.

Please ensure that you have completed the following two steps before submitting your application:

Read the terms of reference

Awards are based on merit. It is important to read and understand the award terms of reference listed on this page and/or on the agency, or donor website.

Know your eligibility

Read our guide to discover the polices and regulations that determines a student's award eligibility at the University of Calgary.

Award Guide: Eligibility

Terms of reference


See the CGS-D website for details on doctoral eligibility

CGS-D eligibility requirements


University of Calgary internal deadline to submit through the appropriate Tri-council portal is October 1.

When a deadline falls on a weekend, applications will be accepted until midnight local time on the first business day following the deadline date.

As the application deadline approaches, delays may occur due to a high volume of users on the application portal, which may prevent the timely submission of your application. Requests to submit late applications will not be accepted. 

If you are not currently a registered student, please refer to the CGS-D website to submit directly to the funding agency.


Applications are submitted electronically through ResearchNet. Applicants to the CGS-D competition complete the Doctoral Research Award - Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Award Form.

Based on your registration status at the time of application, your application will be processed by either the University of Calgary or by CIHR. Refer to the CGS-D website for additional information.

Applications received by the University of Calgary are reviewed by the Graduate Scholarship Committee and are forwarded to CIHR based on a quota provided by CIHR. All students will be notified whether their application been forwarded to CIHR for review by late November.

Note: The application process itself remains the same regardless of whether your application is submitted through the University of Calgary or to CIHR directly. All applicants are required to complete the CIHR Doctoral Awards Form.

Please review the application instructions and Frequently Asked Questions.


You are required to include transcripts from all post-secondary institutions that you have attended, including the University of Calgary, even if no grades were assigned or you did not complete the degree.

The deadline to request transcripts has passed. Requests will no longer be accepted. 

  • If you have not yet requested transcripts from FGS, you must request official copies form each institution you have attended and upload them according to the application instructions.
  • If you have requested transcripts, the Graduate Scholarship Office will compile all your listed transcripts from your UCalgary Student File and format them into one file as required by the application portal.

Student responsibility

We will email the PDF file to you by September 25, and you will have to upload it to your application by the October 1st application deadline.

It is your responsibility to ensure the transcripts attached here are correct, complete, legible once uploaded and in the correct format. Review the final version of your online application before it is submitted.

If you have not received your transcripts

If you made a request using the Transcript Request Form on or before September 10 and do not receive transcripts by September 25 you may contact us on September 26.

We are unable to respond to any emails requesting updates on the status of your request prior to this date, as this delays the overall process. If there are any concerns with your transcripts, you will be contacted.

Attend a workshop

Set yourself up for success and attend one of our workshops or watch a webinar hosted by CIHR.

FGS Awards workshop (Foothills)

Date and time for next workshop TBA

FGS Awards workshop (Main)

Date and time for next workshop TBA

CIHR online workshop

Date and time for next workshop TBA

CIHR website

One-on-one mentoring

The Graduate Leaders Circle (GLC) is hosting scholarship cafes, dedicated one-on-one mentoring sessions for students applying for Tri-Council Doctoral scholarships. Drop-in and scheduled sessions are available.

If you have eligibility questions or you experience difficulties with the portal, please contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies office ( or contact the research portal directly.

GLC scholarship cafes

  • 2020 workshops TBA

Registration closed

GLC scholarship drop-ins

  • Schedule for drop-in sessions TBA