Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

NSERC funds research in the natural sciences and engineering 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


$21,000 PGS-D per year for three years 
$35,000 CGS-D per year for three years


Canadian or Permanent Resident


October 1 before 11:59:59pm (MST) for applications submitted through the University of Calgary.

**including references**

If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications must be submitted by the following business day before 11:59:59pm (MST)

Degree type

Students enrolled in or applying to a doctoral program

Preparing your application

You are encouraged to apply for awards when you have submitted your admissions application and received your University of Calgary student number (UCID). You are not required to meet the eligibility requirements in the terms of reference of an award when you apply, but if successful, you must meet the eligibility requirements at the time the award is paid.

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

To be eligible at the University of Calgary, you must have achieved a first-class average of 3.5 or higher in the last two years of study.

CGS-D eligibility requirements


University of Calgary internal deadline to submit through the appropriate Tri-agency 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.


Applicants are to notify FGS of their intention to apply to the NSERC PGS-D/CGS-D competition by submitting a Tri-agency NOI. The NOI is now closed and will open again spring 2023.

Applications are submitted electronically through the NSERC Online Services portal. Applicants to the PGS-D/CGS-D competition complete Form 201.

Based on your registration status at the time of application, your application will be processed by either the University of Calgary or by NSERC. 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 NSERC based on a quota provided by NSERC. All students will be notified whether their application been forwarded to NSERC for review by late November.

Meritorious CGS D applicants may also be eligible for agency-specific doctoral awards (PGS-D etc). Applicants complete and submit one application to be considered for both a CGS D scholarship and an agency doctoral award. CGS D scholarships are offered to top-ranked eligible applicants.

Note: The application process itself remains the same regardless of whether your application is submitted through the University of Calgary or to NSERC directly. All applicants are required to complete Form 201.

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 NOI is now closed.

If you submitted an NOI, 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 22, and you will have to upload it to your application by the October 1st application deadline according to the application instructions

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
We are unable to respond to any emails requesting updates on the status of your request prior to September 23, 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.

UCalgary workshops are hosted by the the Graduate Leaders Circle (GLC). The Graduate Leaders Circle is comprised of Vanier and Killam recipients, the most prestigious awards available to graduate students in Canada. Members serve as mentors to help other graduate students improve their chances for various awards.

GLC Awards workshop

Friday September 16th, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm (MT)
Register in advance

Access the slides from June 29th, 2022


NSERC online workshop

Monday, September 12, 2022 11:30am  (MT)

Registration not required. 

NSERC’s Q&A sessions are supported by a series of informational videos available on the NSERC YouTube channel. These videos are intended to completely replace the presentation portion of NSERC sessions, thus allowing NSERC staff and applicants to engage in an in-depth and detailed Q&A session.  

Participants should watch these videos in advance and come to the Q&A session with specific questions in mind:  

Informational videos are also available online in English and French for review prior to session.

One-on-one mentoring

Hosted by the Graduate Leaders Circle, scholarship cafes and dedicated one-on-one mentoring sessions are available 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 (gsaward@ucalgary.ca) or contact the research portal directly.

GLC scholarship cafes

Mentorship Cafe #1
Monday September 19, 2022
10:00am - 12:30pm (MDT)
Register here

Mentorship Cafe #2
Wednesday September 21, 2022
1:00pm - 3:30pm  (MDT)
Register here

For specific questions about the application process or technical details, contact the Graduate Scholarship Office at gsaward@ucalgary.ca

GLC scholarship drop-ins

Drop-in Session #1
Tuesday July 19, 2022
1:00pm - 2:30pm (MDT)
Register here

Drop-in Session #2
Tuesday August 9, 2022
2:00pm - 3:00pm (MDT)
Register here

Drop-in Session #3
Monday September 26, 2022
1:00pm - 2:30pm (MDT)
Register here

Drop-in Session #4
Thursday September 29, 2022
1:00pm - 2:30pm (MDT)
Register here

Drop-in Session #5
Friday September 30, 2022
10:00am - 11:30am (MDT) 
Register here